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  • Plotting the Direct Longevity of Your Ancestors

    Jan 23

    The following is a great idea to add your your family history, the longevity of your ancestors. Basically, an analysis to get a feel for the overall pattern of lifespan in a family going back two or three or more generations. Begin with your parents, if still living, then start with your four grandparents. You have to know when they were born and...


  • Birth to Death and the Dash in Between

    Jan 21

    The following poem by Linda Ellis provides insight to the placement of a dash between a birth and death dates. “For that dash represents all the time“ that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.” This is the reason families need the family tree, the family lineage and not just t...


  • Vintage Greeting Cards

    Jan 19

    Not as popular as they once were with our ancestors, greeting cards from the past can provide you a bit of insight into the social aspects your ancestors were involved in. The Baltimore Collections online has the Enoch Pratt Greeting Card Collection containing over 71,000 items dating back to 1870. For just about any occasion, a greeting card was c...


  • Finding Your Ancestor’s Death Date

    Jan 17

    You would think locating the death date for an ancestor would be simple, well it can be difficult for some for several different reasons. One, the ancestor died in a different town, county, state or even country than they lived. Second, the person could have been moving around, not settled and their whereabouts not known to family members. Third, p...


  • Did You Do That?

    Jan 15

    It can happen to the best family history researcher, that there appears some major errors in the branches of the tree and in the information about individuals. So how does that happen? The following are a few ideas which tend to lead to mistakes and should be avoided: 1. Typos, typing or writing out a date, name or place incorrectly. This is espe...


  • Beginning of the Consumer Age

    Jan 13

    Today we think we are the members in good standing of the 'consumer age' but rather it started back with many of your ancestors, grandparents, great aunts and uncles, in the Roaring 1920s. The 1920s were an age of dramatic social and political change. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation's total wealth more t...


  • ‘Boston Marriage’

    Jan 9

    This phrase does not refer to a male-female couple married in the city of Boston, but rather a phrase that was popularly know at the end of the 19th century; the Victorian Era. 'Boston Marriage' was a term used in the 19th century and into the early 20th century to refer to two single women living together, independent of men. The term was origina...


  • Finding a Federal Prisoner

    Jan 5

    Well, yes it can be a fact that your have a family relative who has been or is still in a US Federal Prison somewhere in America. Not all people found guilty of a crime go to a Federal prison, it can be a state prison. Federal prisons are for those who broke a national law. Using the site 'Bureau of Prisons' you can look up about a prisoner in a F...


  • Obituaries for Michigan 1820-2006

    Jan 3

    Locating ancestors' obituaries is very important to your family research. When it was acceptable to write and have published long obituaries, the information provided can be wonderful. However, note, you could have an ancestor listed in someone else' obituary as a relative. There could be a tie-in you did not know about. Using the


  • Family Artifacts to Keep

    Jan 1

    Lucky are the descendants of people who thought enough ahead to make sure certain family treasures were saved and passed on to the next generation. There are some major categories of artifacts you, as the present generation,  can save from your ancestors or present family. Save These: Household, Jewelry and Hobby Items - your grandfather favori...


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