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  • Online at the National Archives

    May 21

      The National Archives collections in Washington, D. C. is an excellent resource for any family history researcher to check. If you did a couple years ago, do the search again as new things are added or you know additional names on the family tree.   To get an idea of the numerous topics to select from, this site page has the listing of to...

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  • An Ancestor on the RMS Lusitania?

    May 21

      The most famous ship to sink was the Titanic in April 1912. However, the second most famous was the RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915 when it was hit by tornadoes from German submarines during World War One. There were 1,960 passengers / crew on that ship in its 202nd crossing of the Atlantic from New York City to Liverpool, England. After its s...

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  • Your Family History Could be Erased from the Internet

    May 19

    Family historians spend a great deal of time and energy tracking down and recording the family stories that were handed down from one generation to the next. They seek out to discover who is in the old photos (and how that person relates to others). It would be absolutely devastating to find out that, out of the blue, all of your family history h...

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  • Not All DNA Tests are the Same

    May 18

    It can be tempting to take a DNA test in order to discover what information might be hidden in your genes. Before you purchase a DNA direct-to-consumer test kit, be aware that not all DNA test are the same. There are several types to choose from and each reveals a certain kind of information. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the differ...

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  • U. S. Passports

    May 17

    If your ancestors ever had a passport from the United States you will want to see if the passport application is available through the free FamilySearch.org site. The available passports information / images on the site from the United States is over 3 million. The years covered are 1795-1925, many decades worth.   Early passport forms in 1790s...

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  • Old Boston

    May 15

    The city of Boston is so rich in history and the heritage that affected generations of our ancestors for over 250 years. if you had any ancestors you ever lived in or around Boston during any time frame (Colonial, American Revolution, growth of a new nation, the 19th century, the American Civil War or the 20th century), you will want to explore and...

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  • Ways Memorial Day Can Jumpstart Your Family History

    May 14

    Memorial Day often involves a three day weekend. Families get together to remember loved ones who served their country. Later, it is common for families to hold a backyard barbecue where everyone can relax, eat, and have conversations. Memorial Day is also an excellent time for genealogists and family historians to “jumpstart” their collecti...

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  • How Old Might They Be??

    May 13

    You have that collection of vintage photos of your ancestors -- only question on many was when was that photo taken. Sometimes using the clothing style, other relatives in the photo with known age at a certain time period, or a house in the background, you might be able to figure an date (the person's age). Now available is an interesting and fun ...

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  • What is a Family Archive?

    May 13

    Does you family have a family archive? Are you sure? It is possible that someone in your family inadvertently started one. They might not even have realized it, especially if they don't happen to know what a family archive is. What is a family archive? Sunny McClellan Morton, at Archives.com, explains it this way: A family archive is an o...

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  • Ben Affleck was “Embarrassed” by an Ancestor

    May 12

    There are those who start researching their family tree in the hopes of discovering that they are related to royalty. Others might secretly hope they are related to a famous celebrity or politician. It can be shocking to uncover an ancestor who did something that was extremely distasteful. Ben Affleck ended up being “embarrassed” by the choi...

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  • Old-Time Medicines Your Ancestors May have Used

    May 11

    What we consider to be medicine now has changed quite a bit from the things that your ancestors used when they were sick. Today, we have a very regulated system that tests the efficacy of prescription medications before they reach the marketplace. Back in the day, however, things were different. As a result, your ancestors may have been taking m...

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  • Digital Public Library of America

    May 11

      This online site, Digital Public Library of America, has a massive collection of many photos, letters, documents, maps, records, etc from across the United States - all in digital format. Using the broad search page you see many topics / subjects in which to search. You can also use the search box in the upper right side to look for a spec...

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  • Visiting Cards and Others

    May 9

    For many years and still today, people hand out their business cards when in a social or business environment. However, it was quite common for decades that people had a simple 'visiting card' with just their name on it. It announced a person's arrival at a home or business. it was considered proper etiquette to have a visiting card. That concept...

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  • Caribbean and West Indies

    May 7

      The Caribbean Islands, also known as the West Indies, are just to the southeast of Florida and the United States. Many people have an ancestral connection with islands of Cuba, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, etc. The history of these islands having been under Spanish, Dutch, and English (and other nations) governmental c...

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  • Advantages of Writing Your Own Obituary

    May 7

    Obituaries hold a lot of information that is important to genealogists. Finding the obituary of an ancestor can give clues about his life and connection to other relatives. Obituaries are typically written by the loved one of a person who has passed away. That being said, there may be some advantages to writing your own obituary. Emily Debray...

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