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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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  • Pennsylvanian Civil Marriages 1677 – 1950

    Feb 9

    This state was part of the original 13 American / British colonies and has a very long history. Many different ethnic groups eventually settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. Even after it was a state, it was home to millions of people, many may have been your ancestors. FamilySearch.org site (free to use) has 1.1 million images covering 1677 to 1...

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  • Useful Ideas when Searching on Google

    Jan 25

    Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything, but not necessarily your family tree. However, here are a few ideas to improve your chances of finding more about a hometown, a business or an ancestor using Google. First, narrow the search. Place quote marks (") around the names or keywords you are searching. If it is a person's na...

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  • Investigate 1880 US Federal Census

    Jan 19

    If any ancestors on your family tree lived any part of their life in the United States (including territories) in the month of June 1880, you need to make sure you have completely examined all the questions asked on that census. It is a wealth of information. The US President in 1880 was Rutherford Hayes. Especially since the next census done in 18...

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  • Avoid Unintentional Booby-Traps

    Jan 11

    You have worked on researching your family history and have a good start on the creation of the family tree. Yet, even the most experienced researcher can fall into an unintentional booby-trap. Normally a 'booby-trap' refers to a set up by someone to scare or harm someone else. The following instead are unintentional booby-traps that were unknowing...

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  • California Birth Records 1905-1995

    Jan 5

    Do you have any relative born in the state of California between 1905 and 1995 (most of the 20th century)? Those records are in the form of an index collection which includes the name of the child, name of the mother, date of birth, and county and covers about 24,614,871 California births. The index is part of the online 'American Ancestors.org'. ...

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  • Forms to Help Organize Your Research

    Oct 19

    To get organized, placing the research information you have collected can be placed on specific forms designed to that data. Below are just a few such forms to assist you. Property would be covered with DEEDS for those selling or giving property and those receiving it. Then marriage records from states and the information about the couple, where...

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  • Chart to Figure Birth Years

    Oct 11

    The early United States Censuses (1790-1840) did not place a person's age, rather an age range. So it can be difficult to figure approximately year when a person was born. The Colonial Roots online site has done up a chart to assist you to figure those birth years. It breaks down what age range each census had. The one with the least was the first...

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  • Lost Cause?? No Way.

    Oct 7

    You may have tried or even been afraid to attempt to work in depth on your family history. However, maybe all you needed were some clues of how to search. If you have family surnames that are quite common (Smith, Jones, Johnson, Williams, etc) you need to add some keywords to help in the search. Place the given name with the surname in quote marks...

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  • ‘Lost’ Relatives

    Oct 1

    All to often, we all have one of those 'Lost Relatives' - one that we believe existed but we can't locate any information. Then there are the ones that appear to 'disappear' after a certain date and no record in any form that the person passed away. So to help out a bit in searching for these lost relatives, keep in mind some of these search ideas...

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