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  • Traits You May have Inherited from a Neanderthal

    Feb 26

    There are DNA testing kits that can tell you where in the world your ancestors originated from. National Geographic's Genographic Project can reveal what percentage of your genome is connected to specific regions of the world. It can also reveal if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry. It has been said that there are some traits that peopl...

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  • Maps & Your Family—Use History Geo.com

    Feb 25

    With the vast lands of the United States over the centuries, many of our ancestors came over from Europe in quest of a new opportunity and part of that quest was for land ownership, something not as wide-spread overseas. So the vintage maps, homestead records and land deeds have been gathers by History GeoCom to put that information online. Putt...

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  • How to Find Genealogy Websites for Beginners

    Feb 24

    Beginning genealogists may not be aware of the plethora of genealogy websites that they can access, for free, online. Some of the big genealogy websites may be familiar to you because you saw an ad for them somewhere. What about the rest? Here is a quick guide to some of the most useful genealogy resources that new genealogists may be complete ...

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  • The Outlandish and Unusual Given Names

    Feb 23

    The current 21st century practice of many celebrities and common folks to give their infants some very strange and unusual given names is NOT a new event. Rather it has been going on since given names have been used. In fact checking your own family lineage may reveal a few odd names also. Some names at one time would have been quite common and ...

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  • Need a Reason WHY to Research Your Family Tree?

    Feb 21

    You may have been asked on more than one occasion why you are bothering to spend time and money to gather information on your family lineage. Of course genealogy, family research is a very old practice and was very necessary at one time just for specific families to determine property ownership and royal lineages. Really over the last 150 years h...

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  • Family Researchers – Use This Time

    Feb 20

      Everyone needs to set aside time to work on their family tree. It can make a lasting contribution to knowing our ancestral lineage and definitely additional information more about those relatives who helped get us where we are today. Nothing helps be more productive then having a few suggestions of how to wisely use your time in relationsh...

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  • Add Data to Scanned Family Photos

    Feb 19

    One of the best activities you can do to help preserve the family heritage is to scan the numerous family photos. That includes gathering those collections of photos from other family members. During the cold winter months or in the heat of summer, set aside time to at least start or finish that project. It is so great later to have all those ima...

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  • How to Know What NOT to Share

    Feb 18

    Genealogy research can be exciting! You could uncover family history that tells stories of bravery, deception, secret love affairs, or “madness”. It can be very tempting to post everything onto your genealogy blog or social media. But, is that really a good idea? Before you share what you discovered, take a moment to view this list of thing...

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  • Skeletons in the Family Closet

    Feb 17

      If you are one of those a bit afraid to go searching too deep into your family past -- have no fear, everyone has on some part of their family tree a couple scandalous characters, or a bigamist, or the notorious relative or even the illegitimate child. It can turn out to be a fascinating journey trying to uncover their hidden, secret life. ...

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  • How to Combine Genealogy and Social Media

    Feb 16

    Today, many people use social media to keep in touch with friends and family or to post a photo of what they had for dinner. It is entirely possible to do so much more with your social media. Here are a few ideas about how to combine genealogy and social media. Pick the one you use the most and try some of these ideas. Facebook Join a gr...

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  • Canadian Gravesites

    Feb 15

    With the United States and Canada as neighbors as well as many people having moved to one or the other country over the decades, it is important to have family history resources for both countries. You never know when a missing ancestors from Newfoundland was in New York for a few years and then returned to Canada or a native from Michigan travel...

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  • Valentines and Love Letters

    Feb 14

    Our ancestors wrote long letters to their loved ones. You may have a collection of such letters or journals handed down in the family. With Valentine's Day or this weekend, make it a point to see if you or someone in the family does have some of the relative's letters to other family members. It doesn't have to be between boyfriend-girlfriend or...

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  • Cost of Living for our Ancestors

    Feb 13

    Here is an interesting aspect to research and add to information relating to your ancestors -- the cost of daily household items or special purchases. For example do some comparison of the cost of items used by your relatives and see quite a few differences. Of course there would be differences based on regions of the country to factor in also. ...

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  • 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Love

    Feb 12

    Have you been participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks themes from “No Story Too Small”? The themes are optional, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to do. Or, you can alter one and turn it into something more relevant to your genealogy research. Week 7 of the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” optional theme is “Love”. Th...

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  • Donating Family Archives

    Feb 11

      Yes, you may have tons of family photos, documents, letters, journals, etc saved by the family over the decades. The family keeper of such items tends to be one or two individuals each generation and you might be that person. By all means hold onto family heirlooms and treasures, even if not worth a great deal in cold hard cash -- to your f...

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