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  • Cousins, ETC

    Feb 21

    As you work on your family tree, you know it covers your direct lineage. However, there are aunts-uncles and especially cousins to consider. Using this chart done by Alice J. Ramsey in 1987 might help make it clearer of who would be a cousin, or a 2nd cousin or a 3rd cousin twice removed. Again always start with yourself, then a parent, and next t...

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  • A Great Winter Project

    Jan 17

    Many areas across the country or in other nations have a thick blanket of ice and snow during this time of year. To avoid having to get out in such conditions, this is a perfect time to start a really worthwhile project. Besides gathering the names, dates and basic information on relatives on your family tree, how about taking a different perspect...

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  • Hello Girls

    Dec 13

    The telephone, patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, would eventually enable people to communicate with each other in all parts of the world, but at first, the few subscribers, mostly the wealthy and businesses, were not sure what to say into the new voice connector. It had been an early practice for a caller to ring a bell, pause and then s...

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  • Heirlooms Reunited

    Nov 23

    You may not have in your possession some of your family's heirlooms, but someone might. Of course, check with all your relatives (aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc) and share with them what you have. However, beyond your own family, some heirlooms might be held by people not related. The online site of 'Heirlooms Reunited' tries to match up those ...

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  • National Family Week

    Nov 8

    National Family Week in the United States takes place the week of American Thanksgiving. It was first officially proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on November 19, 1987. It is also a recognized celebration in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Having this National Family Week is fitting for the Thanksgiving holiday. It did have its real...

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  • New York City Marriage License Index

    Oct 27

    The data was provided to the not-for-profit activist group 'Reclaim the Records' by the New York City Clerk's Office.  It has made digital thousands of the NYC marriage licenses, and, as a searchable index, available on their website, free to search. The marriage licenses index in this data set have about 3,124,595 licenses, doubling which means ...

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  • Family History Ideas

    Oct 25

    You spend time gathering, collecting and verifying your family history ... so what is the next step. Of course, you never really 'finish' research on your ancestors, there is always something new to discover. However, if you want some ideas for greater enjoyment and to share what you have found, here are a few. First, one of the main items you ha...

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  • Locating Distant Ancestors – 3rd and 4th greats

    Oct 15

    If you have information on your third and even fourth great-grandparents who were born well over 110 years ago, you may just be able to find some ancestors who are missing from your family tree. Examine the families who descend from your third and fourth great-grandparents to begin a search for children in these families. You could find some inform...

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  • Finding Photos with Ancestor Search

    Oct 9

    You might have a few family photos but you always wonder if there are additional ones. Many can be held by other relatives, a 3rd cousin in another part of the country. Some were part of family albums that have been in an estate sale and now are on eBay or in other locations. So to assist in finding some family photos or images of hometowns, busin...

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  • How Far Back Should You Search for Ancestors?

    Oct 3

    Whether you are a beginner on compiling your family tree or have been researching for many years you may have wondered how back you should search for ancestors. Some people are happy just finding information on grandparents and maybe even great grandparents. Going back three, four or five generations would take you to great-great grandparents. Howe...

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