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  • U. S. Military Exemptions

    Jul 21

    You may have searched in numerous records and databases and not found if an ancestor ever served in the American military. Generally, a male served in the military for some period during their life regardless of state or territory he lived or what time period his life covered. If they really didn't serve, one major reason would be they were exempt ...

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  • 1700-1880 – Descendants of Mayflower Passengers

    Jul 19

    Using the online database “American Ancestors” you can search your ancestors and see if they were descendants from the passengers of the 1620 Mayflower ship. Use the form to search placing an ancestor who would have lived from 1700 to 1880. If they lived 1881 to 1969 it won't work. Plus have an idea if you believe your ancestors went back to t...

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  • Homestead Act

    Jul 17

    Did the Homestead Act of 1862 and the movement of families to the American Western frontier after 1865 change your family tree? Those two events had a sizable effect on families who had lived for decades along the eastern coast to the Appalachian Mountains and now whole families or individuals left their hometowns to head west for a new life. The ...

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  • Photos Across America 1977 to 1996

    Jul 15

    A photographer, Barry L. Gleller, from Oregon, traveled across America and into Canada from the mid-1970s until the mid-1990 (during the months of May and August) taking photos of businesses, factories, churches, street scenes, offices, shops, especially in smaller towns in the nation. However, there are many shots of L.A. And San Francisco. His co...

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  • Dangers and Your Vintage Photos

    Jul 13

    Vintage photos are not just those of 100 years in age but can include those only 15 years old. All are priceless and can not be done over again. You do have to preserve and protect all print photos. Digital images are a totally different category. Some of the most dangerous happenings that can affect your vintage photos. First heat can accelerate ...

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  • Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860

    Jul 11

    With any ancestors from Ireland, there wasn't always photos available of the earlier years – say before 1860 (because photography was a very new invention). So instead it is great to see that many illustrations (drawings) were done of places and people in Ireland over the decades, mostly from travel accounts. The online site, Ireland Illustrated...

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  • FamilySearch Added Records for Denmark, Finland, and Sweden

    Jul 11

    FamilySearch announced the availability of its newest record collections, which consist of 135.4 million free, digital historical records from Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. These should be useful for genealogists who have ancestors from those countries. The new collections were digitized in a partnership between FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and the...

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  • Thinking You are All Done with your Family History?

    Jul 9

    There are many experienced family history researchers who say; “You are never done researching your family.” Even if you think differently, here are few ideas you should check before saying you are done. All the major online sources (such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com) for databases are always updating and adding new digital resources (...

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  • 23andMe Adds Four New Trait Reports

    Jul 9

    23andMe announced that they have added four new trait reports to its growing list of more than two-dozen trait reports. The new trait reports are the latest in a series of new offerings for 23andMe customers interested in exploring their genetics in a fun way. 23andMe points out that results from 23andMe research are preliminary and are meant fo...

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  • FamilySearch Collections

    Jul 7

    If you have not used recently or at all, the FamilySearch online site or the material at any local Family History Center operated b the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, you are missing a golden opportunity. The FamilySearch.org is always adding to its collections. Just the United States collections number 1,114 with titles such as: Alabama Deaths ...

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  • New York City in 1911

    Jul 5

    Imagine being to see in a silent film the daily lives of the residents and visitors to New York City in 1911. That is 107 years ago!! It is just over 7 ½ minutes covering the streets of New York, just some fascinating footage of the people of all different walks, their transportation (note from automobiles, streetcars to horse and carriage), the f...

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  • Ancestry Brought Back the Family Group Sheets

    Jul 4

    Ancestry.com announced that the Family Group Sheets have returned. The purpose of the Family Group Sheet is to aid genealogists with their research. Ancestry included information in their blog post for people who are unfamiliar with what a Family Group Sheet (or Family Group Record) is. They explain it this way: “It is a view of parents an...

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  • MyHeritage and 23andMe to Donate DNA Kits to Reunite Families

    Jul 2

    Two of the companies that make direct-to-consumer DNA test kits are offering free DNA tests to help reunite families that were separated from each other at the United States border. Both MyHeritage and 23andMe have started contacting relevant government agencies and non-profit legal aid organizations that are representing the families. Genealog...

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  • Gwinnett County Public Library Adds Genealogy Resources

    Jun 30

    The Gwinnett County Public Library has several locations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. They have added new genealogy resources for Gwinnett County residents who are searching for long-lost relatives. Gwinnett County Public Library added FindmyPast, Fold3, and Gale Genealogy Connect to their genealogy catalog. Their resources already include An...

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  • Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants Database

    Jun 28

    American Ancestors has created an exclusive database for genealogists who are descendants of Mayflower families. It is called the Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1800 database. People who are full members of AmericanAncestors.org can search the world's largest database of authenticated Mayflower passenger genealogies to...

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