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  • The Many Forms of Smith

    May 26

    Just about every family history researcher has at least one ancestral branch with the surname of Smith or one of the variations of spellings for the name. Yet the most surprising information to a researcher is that Smith branch may not have had that surname but for a couple generations. This English-based name is not only very common in the Eng...

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  • Assistance in Locating an Ancestor’s Obituary

    May 24

    One of the main type of documents a family history researcher looks for is the newspaper obituary on an ancestor. It really only became a common practice to place an obituary on a deceased relative in the late 1800s in America. The late 1800s into the early 20th century was the Victorian and Edwardian eras when things were to be done in a prope...

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  • Ancestor Attended Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

    May 22

    Working on one’s family history, even for decades, can still yield some thrilling and revealing new information. Yet, the key to such a new discovery can lie in reviewing documents one has had in hand for years. I recently had such an exciting find which I just happened to stumble on. A fellow researcher had requested some direct quotes from...

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  • How To Ask the Right Questions

    May 20

    An important and serious approach to learning more about your family history is by doing an interview with a relative. It could be with your parents, an aunt, grandparents, cousin, even a godparent. Generally you need to question a relative who is of a different generation, one that is older and can provide some insight to people and events you m...

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  • Music Enjoyed by Our Colonial Ancestors

    May 18

    Everyone today has some collection of their favorite music whether it is on CDs, vinyl records, IPod, MP3 player or even the vintage 45 rpm records, to listen and get pleasure from anytime. For our ancestors they also enjoyed music to listen, sing or dance to, but they did not have the technology of the last one hundred years to listen to pieces of...

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  • Native American Ancestors

    May 16

    Any Native American Indian in your family tree? It seems everyone in genealogy wants to claim at least some Indian blood. That was not always the case in most of America’s history. It was something not spoken about if a grandfather had an Indian wife or an uncle lived with an Indian tribe. Sometimes looking at a few old photos can give a research...

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  • The Forgotten Veterans of the War of 1812 – Part 2

    May 14

    You may well have ancestors who participated in America’s War of 1812, especially those who lived in the mid-western states. The war covered from 1812 to 1815. The following are a few states with online databases about their veterans. Indiana the territory Those with ancestors from the Indiana region will check the Indiana territory ros...

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  • The Forgotten Veterans of the War of 1812

    May 12

    You may well have ancestors who participated in America’s War of 1812, that time when Great Britain figured they might have a shot of regaining the American colonies they lost in 1776. It was more that the new United States got tired of the treatment they were getting from the British and it was the U. S. who declared war finally on Great Britai...

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  • English Ancestors in Workhouses

    May 10

    The Poor Law Union of Great Britain referred to special laws enacted about the 1530s for England and Wales to care for the citizens too poor to care of themselves. This system of assistance remained in England and Wales until 1948. Prior to 19th century the aid for the poor was provided by each parish in the form of local workhouses. There were som...

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  • Family Treasures on eBay

    May 8

    Since the late 1990s, an online auction site called eBay has become the premier place for individuals to buy and sell collectibles, new merchandise, or just about anything. What many people don’t realize they just might be able to locate a long lost family heirloom by using eBay. Up for auction is not just old collectible toys, electronics, ...

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