Heritage

  • Details to Learn about Where Your Ancestors Lived

    May 23

    A really interesting research section to your family history can be centered on the hometown and home county where your ancestors lived. Start by learning the history of the family hometown. A good place would be Googling the town's name and see what is available, Make notes and place down the sources. See if there is a historical museum in that ...

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  • Colonial Indentured Servants

    May 19

    It may not have occurred to you, but a couple of your very early ancestors may have actually come to America as 'indentured servants'. But does that mean? Individuals came to America under a work contract, called an indenture because they could not afford the ship passage. They agreed to work for the family, individual or company that paid that p...

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  • Photo Collections at Brigham Young University

    Apr 29

    In BYU photo collection which has been made digital are nine major collections by different photographers and collectors. Images from World War II, to 19th century American West landscape photos to 293 photographs of California, especially of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake images are just three examples. Once you select a collection you can bro...

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  • Transcribe for the Smithsonian

    Apr 28

    A great method to give back and assist fellow researchers is on the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers online site. Here volunteers from their own homes, some 11,366 "volunpeers" added more to the total 363,434 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have bee...

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  • Ordinary Mistakes to Avoid

    Apr 17

    There is so much to be careful of when doing the research and then compiling your findings on your ancestral tree. Here are a a few examples of ordinary errors to avoid. At first, you might think you have found a surname spelling mistake. Instead, it is more likely Alternate Spellings for given and surnames. Over a generation or moving to another ...

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  • How Did the Wrong Family Info Get There?

    Apr 13

    You may think you have everything correct as far as names, places, and dates for all the individuals on your family tree, including the extended families … but there could be some wrong information there or every individual who does not belong to your family tree. So how does that happen? First, did you inherited a family tree or information fro...

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  • Archives for Photos

    Apr 11

    You might not have thought you could find photos of family members in a state's, or county's archives but it is possible. First, see what archives for a state, region or county are available. Whenever visiting any size archive (this includes Museums), always ask about their Photograph Collection. The archivist may first give you an index to look th...

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  • List of Pastors and Ministers

    Apr 5

    What a great resource, a listing and information of pastors and ministers in the United States over the decades. With presently a listing online of 92,104 individuals, there are many to investigate. Not all pastors and ministers listed but quite a few for sure. The listing starts in letter order by surnames, but you can also do a search using spec...

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  • School Yearbooks

    Apr 1

    Yes, one of those resources many times overlooked by researchers. Now if there was one or two yearbooks in the family held onto by relatives, you are in luck. Do ask various family members. But you might not have access to your father's yearbook or your grandmother's yearbook. Imagine locating a nice portrait of your grandmother when she was age 19...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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