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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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  • Meeting and Acquiring a Spouse

    Nov 15

    Today there are online dating sites but for our ancestors of the 19th and 20th century, they used the Personals in their local newspapers to facilitate long-term love matches. Some individuals were looking for true love and others were willing to pay for a spouse. The newspaper classifieds of yesteryear make it fairly clear which was more often pre...

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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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  • Stories by Our Veterans

    Nov 11

    Rare is the family who does NOT have one or two living military veterans in their family today. The Veterans History Project connected with the US Library of Congress should be one of the first places you not only do research but also see that your living veterans have their stories recorded and saved forever. On the site of Veterans History Pro...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ArchiveGrid

    Sep 23

    You have worked many hours researching relatives on your family tree. Yet, you wonder, are you missing something, have you overlooked a source. Using 'ArchiveGrid' from WorldCat.org, you can have a list for a specific hometown. It resources number over 5 million records from over 1,000 archival institutions. On the homepage for ArchiveGrid, you ca...

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