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  • Following a Hunch

    Mar 19

    There could well be a dead-end relative on one or more of the family tree branches. This is where you investigate beyond the known to the unknown. It could be a relative (and you might not be sure of that) for whom you have no parents, no immigration record, no siblings. You can then form a theory. Maybe it's a theory based on facts from their hom...

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  • A Student to Assist

    Mar 13

    With Spring Break across the country, it might be a good time to contact students you know in high school or a university to assist you in your research. You wouldn't have to personally know the students, you might get a referral from a friend or have a notice posted at the school or on a local Facebook page. This includes schools or universities i...

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  • Can’t Miss These Hints

    Feb 13

    Even the most seasoned family researcher can overlook certain clues that can prove to be of great assistance. Here are a few of such often overlooked bits of information that lead to greater details about your family. 1. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note at the bottom the person's name on the document who provided the info...

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  • Ideas to Break that ‘Brick Wall’ in Research

    Feb 1

    To help break through any brick walls in your research, you need some additional ideas, here are a few to help. Keep your work in chronological order of all the events in your ancestor’s life and all the documents on which his name appears is the excellent method to organize the information you have. Keep in mind, most records are reasonably ...

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  • Family Legends – Musselman

    Jan 7

    Everyone over their life hears during family reunions or at Thanksgiving dinner gatherings the family “legends“, those stories of ancestors who either met a famous person, accomplished some great feat, was a war hero, invented a time saving device or somehow brought honor and glory to the family name. There are also those stories of ancestors k...

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  • Add ‘Bits and Pieces’

    Dec 17

    Working on your family and history can take many hours of research and work. Yet, doing just a few 'bits and pieces' of shorter research and collection can quickly expand your family tree. Here are a few ideas -- short activities, try to do at least one and see how much your can gather. Check the Federal and State Censuses for each ancestors and e...

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  • American Libraries ONLINE

    Oct 1

    There are many books published over the decades, especially in the late 19th Century and early 20th century covering family surnames and individual families' history. Finding them could be the problem. Fortunately, with the Internet many of the vintage books have been scanned and now available online through specific library's collections. Using A...

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  • Kindred Spirits

    Sep 1

    Have you thought about the concept that you -- a descendant -- may be very much like an ancestor - one you never meet or knew?? As you do the research on the family tree including the branches, such as great aunts and uncles, you just might strike a cord or a 'Kindred Spirit' with one or two of those ancestors. You might find so much in common, bet...

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  • Hints Using Genealogy Blogs

    Aug 4

    Even the most experienced family history researcher needs a few hints to help solve those 'brick walls'. A couple sources would be to follow specific online blogs that tend to specialize in certain areas, locations or research problems. So the following are couple such blogs that might interest you. FAMILY TREE KNOTS When we say 'brick walls th...

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  • How to Approach Doing the Research

    Apr 21

    You will find that the approach to doing your family history can make a world of difference on your success. Number one - do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time. Next - be patient. This mixes with the ...

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