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  • Sources of Death Records

    Aug 2

    It can be difficult to get an accurate death date, location and burial site on an ancestor. The following are a few suggestions of sources for death records. First, check any family documents, journals, diaries, vital records or collection of newspaper obituaries saved. It can be easily overlooked to even go though those boxes of family photos. ...

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  • African-American Images, etc.

    Aug 1

    Related FamilyTree.com genealogy blog Links: DNA-Vanessa Williams Share Family Photos Documents-African-American The Library Company of Philadelphia, PA has a extension collection of photos and other items related to African-Americans. There are certificates of marriages, journals, portrait albums, scrapbooks, as well as art work done by Afri...

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  • Small Town News

    Jul 31

    Related FamilyTree.com genealogy blog links: New York Newspapers Various Hometown Newspapers   The printed newspapers are going by the wayside with media being in digital form now, but luckily the print newspaper was a steady staple of most hometowns for decades. Those reporters wrote about the community, its people, society events, good a...

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  • RootsTech in Pittsburgh

    Jul 30

    When you think of RootsTech, it evokes images of a huge genealogy conference that takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, there was also a RootsTech that took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You might want to add it to your list of genealogy conferences. It looks like it will be an annual one. The first annual RootsTech in Pittsburg...

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  • Using eBay

    Jul 29

    As has been suggested in the past (see related links below) there are many family heritage items to be found on eBay, the online auction and for sale site. Many have been located in estate sales or from other private collectors. You could find a diary written by an ancestors, a bill of sale for property, a letter or postcard addressed to an ancesto...

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  • New York Ship Manifests — 1902-1956

    Jul 27

    When you think of immigrant ancestors arriving in the 20th century, you mostly think of Ellis Island in New York City. Yet, many immigrants actually arrived at other ports in the state of New York. In Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagra Falls, Rochester, Hogansburg, Malone, Morristown, Nyando, Ogdensburg, Rooseveltown, and Waddington, New York, these were al...

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  • Genealogy Ongoing

    Jul 26

    As is said many times ... you never 'finish' your family tree. There is always another branch or an ancestor with more details needed to help add greater substance to your family history. So that means to continually educate yourself on the newest and most efficient methods of research. Also don't overlook improving your writing skills as you pu...

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  • North Carolina Land Deeds – Back to 1740s

    Jul 25

    There is a list with link of North Carolina counties who currently have their deeds digitized and available to download from the web FOR FREE. Some in specific counties goes back to the 1740s. The following list has the ten counties now available and more to be added (click on the county name).   Alamance County- still in the process of b...

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  • Seven Rules for Genealogists

    Jul 24

    What rules do you follow when you are doing your genealogy? You might want to consider some new ones that weren't originally intended to be applied to genealogy. These thought provoking rules can make you look at your favorite hobby in a new light. It all started with a blog post that was written by Dr. Steven Lubar. He is a professor in the D...

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  • Children as Immigrants

    Jul 24

    Who said history doesn't repeat itself?? A hundred years ago many of our ancestors faced the same situation as is happening today along the Arizona and Texas borders with thousands of children without parents or guardians coming across the United States border for a new life. A hundred years ago many alarmists painted incoming immigrants on ships ‚...

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  • The Netherlands and Michigan

    Jul 23

    Have you discovered any ancestors from The Netherlands, especially from the Drenthe Province (in the northeast section) and if they immigrated to Michigan between 1847 and 1880? There is a small group of Dutch young exchange students from the Groningen Province in The Netherlands who are visiting Holland, Michigan. Their goal is to find direct d...

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  • British Newspapers Archives

    Jul 23

    Online are the British newspapers archives for most counties and time periods, with millions of pages done so far and adding more each month. Not only the regular news articles of events, but also are the Family Notices (births-marriages-anniversaries-deaths). The obituaries alone are so important to learning about a specific ancestor along with an...

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  • Your Story – Who Do You Think You Are?

    Jul 22

    The well-known and loved television program 'Who Do You Think You Are?' begins its 5th season this summer, starting July 23rd on the TLC channel. Featured celebrities on the show will include: Valerie Bertinelli, Kelsey Grammer and Cynthia Nixon. The show takes the viewer through the process of locating a specific branch of a person's family, incl...

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  • Japanese-American Confinement Camps of the 1940s

    Jul 21

    From the University of California at Berkeley is available online a database of Japanese-American Evaluation and Resettlement that occurred in America during the early years of World War Two. Many people are not truly aware of the events that happened to whole families who just happened to be Japanese ancestry, how they were forced to moved from...

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  • Alabama on My Mind – Archive Photos

    Jul 19

    Was the state of Alabama a place of residence for any of your ancestors, then you will want to check out the Alabama Dept. of Archives and History Digital Collections. Of special interest is the Alabama Photographs and Pictures Collection. This large image collection has over 15,000 pictures, illustrations and photographs relating to Alabama ove...

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