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  • Recent ‘Black Sheep’

    Jan 21

    Some people are afraid when they do their family history they will come across a 3rd great grandfather who was a horse thief or a deserter from the Army. Yes, you never know what may have happened during your ancestors' lives on the family tree. But is nothing to be scared of, it was that relative for whatever reason had the problem ... not you. Wh...

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  • Knowledge of Grandparents’ Names

    Jan 15

    Even if a person were not a family history researcher, you might guess that everyone could provide the first and last name for their grandparents. From a recent survey conducted by Ancestry.com, it appears approximately 1/3 of Americans can not name their grandparents. In America's total 2018 population of 326,766,748 that is approximately 100,000 ...

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  • The Third Eye Kiss

    Dec 19

    You have all had that experience, a nice kiss on your forehead by a family member, either as a greeting, act of kindness or goodbye. But did you know about its history? It is referred to as 'the third eye kiss' placed just above a person's eyebrows in the center of the forehead. It can be much more intimate because you are reaching out to the very...

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  • Finding Other Family Members

    Nov 25

    One of the greatest assets for adding to your family history is locating any previously unknown family members – such as distant cousins. They just might be able to provide some information, documents, or photos previously unknown to you. It was common practice decades ago to communicate with all of one's family branches – share photos, send p...

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  • Remembering Events of November 22nd

    Nov 22

    Doing a recollection of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is important, not because one's experience was in any way special, but because that life experience was in many ways typical, and because most Americans alive today have no memory of that terrible event. Many people do remember the terrorist attacks of Sep...

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  • How Much Do You Look Like an Ancestor ?

    Nov 21

    If you have studied some of the family photos from any time frame notice a striking similarity with a living relative. Your niece, a sister, uncle etc living today could very well look like a great-grandmother, a great uncle, or 2nd cousin. After all, it is in the genes one's characteristics. Some of the similar appears could be their physical fe...

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  • Coaxing Memories

    Nov 17

    With Thanksgiving and family gatherings over one to 5 days – it is a perfect occasion to start or continue gathering information from family members. Be prepared – have notes, collected dates, names and even photos that need identification. Include a camera, a recorder or video recorder to help get the information down. Before the holiday, sen...

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  • Researching Beyond the Direct Family Lineage

    Oct 15

    You might be the family historian but have only concentrated on your direct family lineage –parents-grandparents-great grandparents, etc. That is very important to gather the direct lineage, however, one area that could assist that search is to look at the collateral family lines (the aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts-uncles, etc. They are your...

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  • Label Those Photos

    Oct 11

    You are the keeper of the family treasure of vintage photos, so now what. The most important is to get them labeled with who or what is in the photos, a location and a time period. Working with older relatives who might know the names and places in a photograph is your best start. You can scan a digital copy or photocopy several as a hard copy to m...

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  • Great Tidbits about your Family’s Ancestors

    Sep 11

    You wonder sometimes 'why you spend time researching your ancestors'. Besides learning who, when and where there can be so much more to learn about them and their lives. It then helps you see where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Some of the types of tidbits or small treasures of information you might learn about any ancestor i...

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