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  • Civil War Glass-Negatives

    Mar 1

    Once you reach the point of finding ancestors who were adults during the 1860s, you surely will want to check if the male ancestors served either with the Confederate (The South) or the Federal Union side (The North) and learn as much as possible. There are numerous databases to check. An excellent source is the Civil War Soldier and Sailor Databa...

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  • Finding Living Relatives

    Feb 27

    There are some ways to locate living relatives that you may not be aware of yet. If you have used Rootsweb with the GEDCOM database of submitted family lines, this could also help you contact with other living family members -say a 2nd cousin. With over 6,421,865 surnames and databases numbering 446,203, there is a good chance you might find a re...

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  • Wit and Wisdom in Genealogy

    Feb 25

    Just to add a touch of humor and maybe a laugh or two to your day, here are a few selected humorous sayings, phrases, thoughts that just might strike a cord with your own family history research. Enjoy! From Mark Twain: “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”  Genealogists are time travelers. If you don’t tend you...

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  • Vintage Photos of Places & People

    Feb 23

    From the Library of Congress, US National Archives and state archives, a map of the United States, outlining each state is accessible online to locate vintage photos from that state. The years begin in 1837, then to the mid-1840s, 1850s and beyond. Not every year is represented but as you move more towards the late 1800s and into the 1900s the numb...

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  • Cousins, ETC

    Feb 21

    As you work on your family tree, you know it covers your direct lineage. However, there are aunts-uncles and especially cousins to consider. Using this chart done by Alice J. Ramsey in 1987 might help make it clearer of who would be a cousin, or a 2nd cousin or a 3rd cousin twice removed. Again always start with yourself, then a parent, and next t...

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  • Did You Try This Approach to Find an Ancestor?

    Feb 19

    Some things can be very simple once it dawns on you there may be another approach to finding a specific ancestor. Several of these you may have tried, but it only takes ONE to open the door to a mystery ancestor. First, not everyone stayed forever in their hometown even if the rest of their family did. Many individuals set out on their own to a ne...

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  • Database of Nazi SS Commanders and Guards

    Feb 17

    The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR). The information is based on data from archives in Poland, Germany, Austria, the United States. There are about 9,680 names, nearly all German, on the Auschwitz garrison list, some...

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  • Research with YouTube

    Feb 15

    Here is an idea most people don't think of to locate little-known information about a family ancestor or hometown. Using the online YouTube you might discover a series of photos or better yet a video placed on YouTube that you didn't know existed. It could be the historical district of a hometown, it might have about certain businesses and their o...

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  • Find Extra Documents with FamilySearch

    Feb 13

    FamilySearch.org has massive files done by volunteers to index censuses, draft cards, death certificates, and other similar records that were made on pre-printed forms because the information contained in them is consistent and standardized. Those are the easy records to make available for your researching of an ancestor. What can be difficult are...

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  • Plymouth Archive Research

    Feb 11

    There is online the Plymouth Archive covering 1620 to 1691 with some items beyond those dates. You'll find court records, colony laws, 17th-century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps and fort plans, all relating to the Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. The site is laid out like a research room: Click the area you wa...

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