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  • Looking for Wills

    Nov 17

    If there is no copy with the family papers for an ancestor's Will you need to inquire with the courthouse of the town or county where that ancestor lived at the time of their death. An original last will and testament itself may not copied into the official court minute book; however, there might be a statement that a Will was filed with the clerk....

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  • N.C. Photographs – Brimley Collection

    Nov 13

    This wonderful collection (Brimley Collection) of vintage photos taken within North Carolina were collected by Hubert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946). He was also director of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. His co...

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  • New Indiana Databases

    Nov 9

    If you have any ancestors from Indiana, you are in luck. Several new databases have just been added. They are part of the Indiana Genealogical Society and free to use. Any ancestors who once lived in the following counties: Madison, Monroe or Orange, the databases are available. There are five additional databases for Indiana for members of the In...

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  • The Sibling Never Known

    Oct 9

    It happens in many families over the years, there is a sibling rarely mentioned in family records or documents, not mentioned in a family obituary, or a Will, or even on a family history researcher's family tree/ there can be several reasons a sibling is not mentioned. They left home early and did not keep in touch with the rest of the family. The...

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  • Illustrations of Ancestors’ Occupations

    Oct 7

    As you have collected information on your ancestors one of the biggest addition is finding out what occupation that ancestor held. As you go back in time, many of those jobs no longer exist so most people have no idea what they are. Through the efforts of Emily Kowalski Schroeder with her genealogical site titled 'Growing Little Leaves', she has...

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  • Ancestors Affected by a Disaster?

    Oct 3

    Whether man-made or something from Mother Nature, there can be any number of disasters over the decades that could have affected your ancestors. Gathering information about your family is not just names, dates and places, it is truly a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors' lives, even the sad and tragic times. An online site named 'Ge...

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  • The First U. S. Census

    Sep 29

    The first U. S. Census Day was in 1790, late summer time, when brave enumerators went out on horseback to find, question and catalogue the population of the United States, visiting every household. The new U.S. Congress set on March 1, 1790, to have a census taken and done every ten years. The purpose for the census was for used to allocate Congres...

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  • United Kingdom – Census Database

    Sep 27

    Many of us have ancestors from the United Kingdom. With the census beginning there in 1841, it can be a great resource. The United Kingdom Census Database (FreeCen) continues to update it content, so there may be individuals you tried earlier to find and now they have been included in this free database. The many volunteers are still transcribing ...

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  • How to Start Building a Family Tree

    Sep 26

    One thing every genealogist spends time and effort on is the creation of their family tree. It is the sort of project where one things leads to another. There is always more to do! The hardest part is getting started. Here is how to start building a family tree. There is more than one way to begin. You could choose to start with yourself. ...

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  • Get the Right Photos at a Family Cemetery

    Sep 25

    When you have the opportunity to visit a family hometown cemetery, make sure you get all the right photos, you may not visit it very often. Number one is a photo of the cemetery entrance with its full name. You might think you will remember, but maybe not. Next when you are at the family grave plots take many different shots from different angles...

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