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  • American Revolution – American Prisoners

    Jul 27

    One always likes to have claim they have an American Revolutionary patriot in their family tree. One aspect you might not of thought about are those soldiers taken as prisoners by the British. The British used the ships at Wallabout Bay near Brooklyn, New York, later the site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, for naval prisoners on this side of the Atlan...

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  • Aunt & Uncle Day

    Jul 25

    On July 26th is National Aunt and Uncle Day. What a good time to honor and take the time to learn more about your own aunt and uncle, no matter what age they are. A reminder, an aunt is the sister to your own mother or father and an uncle is the brother to you father. If you have a great aunt or great uncle - they would be the siblings to your gran...

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  • Shared Ancestors–Cousins Day

    Jul 23

    That is the wonderful part of having cousins, even second cousins, you share common ancestors. With the date of July 24th, it is a good day to recognize your cousins as great family members and the shared heritage. First cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles (your parents' siblings). Second cousins would be the children of your great a...

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  • Before the Civil War – the 1860 Census

    Jul 21

    The taking of the U. S. Federal Census of 1860 occurred June 1, 1860 until October 1860. The Civil War officially started in April 1861. So you can get as close a picture of your family ancestors who lived across the 33 states of the eastern coast at that time. Some of the information now placed on this census of 1860, that had not been in previou...

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  • Where Else to Locate Photos of Relatives

    Jul 19

    You have checked with other family members first to see if there are additional photos of various relatives and ancestors. Keep in mind some of those photos may not be labeled and will have to be studied by comparing with known photos to see if any match. Yet, after checking with family members, there are a few other locations to check. If your r...

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  • ‘Warnings Out’

    Jul 17

    There was a town practice dating back to the 1600s and continuing into the 1800s in America, carried over from English law, that if a community wanted to 'protect' its town and its citizens they could issue a 'Warnings Out'. It was a method to have an individual, couple or even family leave the town to protect and secure the citizens of the town. ...

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  • Favorite Family Stories to Preserve

    Jul 15

    You might say no one is interested in any family stories ... well you are mistaken. Look at it this way, what if you located a journal, diary or letters written by your great grandfather from the 1890s? Would you not be very excited to read his own words on events and people in his life? So keep looking for anything written by ancestors, but remem...

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  • Found – Family Photo Slides

    Jul 13

    An item from the past ... photo slides, a very popular method of sharing images taken. Using slide film one took them to a processor and they were made into square negative images that were then viewed in a slide projector on a screen, large size so everyone could view them. There were even smaller individual slide viewers which were used. Now, ...

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  • Numbers Varied of those Killed or Died in Civil War

    Jul 11

    The American Civil War (1861-1865) touched our ancestors and their hometowns more deeply than we thought, and so shaped the course of the future decades in the United States, plus your own family tree. In 1900, historians and the general public have assumed that 618,222 men died on both sides. That number is probably a significant under-counted. N...

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  • List of Vintage English Occupations

    Jul 9

    Some of the names for occupations of our ancestors can be quite confusing, trying to guess what that job entailed. You might have seen a job name on a census record, listed in a city directory, on some documents or records and not have a clue to what it was. Online with the Family Researcher of the U. K. (copyright by Jane Hewitt) they have compil...

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