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  • FamilySearch.org with 2,000 Collections

    Jan 31

    The free to use FamilySearch.org has a very long list of collections with all types of topics. Generally you think of searching starting with a family name (surname). How about trying with a location (hometown or home county) or a specific military period (Confederate Soldier 1861-1865). In many of the FamilySearch.org locations such as states or n...

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  • Ideas to Assist in Finding Ancestors

    Jan 29

    1. Ancestors may have used middle names. Check all various forms of given names and see if there were nicknames such 'Dick' for Richard in your search. 2. Check the mother’s maiden name, not everyone was born in wedlock. An ancestor may have used their mother's name only. 3. Perhaps your ancestor simply moved. Always try searching in a neighb...

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  • Search North Carolina Vintage Newspapers

    Jan 27

    If you have any ancestors who lived or passed through North Carolina you are in luck. The 'DigitalNC' site has a very full collection in digital format of newspapers from across North Carolina. What makes this unique, it has newspapers from small towns to larger cities but also from Student Newspapers. Those student papers include many high school,...

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  • Historic Timelines

    Jan 25

    It can be a great benefit if you know of some of the historical events occurring when specific ancestors lived. Of course, you first need to know their approximate birth to death dates. From there you can look up about the major events. For example, an ancestor who lived in Virginia between 1750 and 1815 would certainly been affected by the America...

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  • Plotting the Direct Longevity of Your Ancestors

    Jan 23

    The following is a great idea to add your your family history, the longevity of your ancestors. Basically, an analysis to get a feel for the overall pattern of lifespan in a family going back two or three or more generations. Begin with your parents, if still living, then start with your four grandparents. You have to know when they were born and...

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  • What Do You Call Your Grandparents?

    Jan 23

    Family tree templates often have spaces reserved for Grandmother and Grandfather. Genealogists can quickly figure out which relative's name to add in those spaces – even if the genealogist uses different words for their own grandparents. Your heritage and culture can determine what you call your grandparents. Grandparents.com put together a ...

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  • Genealogy During a Government Shutdown

    Jan 22

    In the United States, a government shutdown happens when Congress does not approve a federal budget for the upcoming fiscal year. When that occurs, nonessential functions of the U.S. Government close until lawmakers can agree on a budget. Could a government shutdown prevent you from accessing the information you need for your genealogy research? ...

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  • Birth to Death and the Dash in Between

    Jan 21

    The following poem by Linda Ellis provides insight to the placement of a dash between a birth and death dates. “For that dash represents all the time“ that they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.” This is the reason families need the family tree, the family lineage and not just t...

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  • FamilySearch Opens New FamilySearch Center in Lehi Utah

    Jan 19

    FamilySearch announced that it has opened new FamilySearch Center in Lehi, Utah. It is recommended that visitors create a FamilySearch account before they arrive, in order to get the most out of their experience. The Lehi Utah FamilySearch Center is located at 3201 Garden Drive, in Lehi, Utah. It is equipped with an exciting Discovery Center...

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  • Vintage Greeting Cards

    Jan 19

    Not as popular as they once were with our ancestors, greeting cards from the past can provide you a bit of insight into the social aspects your ancestors were involved in. The Baltimore Collections online has the Enoch Pratt Greeting Card Collection containing over 71,000 items dating back to 1870. For just about any occasion, a greeting card was c...

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  • Finding Your Ancestor’s Death Date

    Jan 17

    You would think locating the death date for an ancestor would be simple, well it can be difficult for some for several different reasons. One, the ancestor died in a different town, county, state or even country than they lived. Second, the person could have been moving around, not settled and their whereabouts not known to family members. Third, p...

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  • Guide to Georgia Public Library’s Genealogy Information

    Jan 17

    The Georgia Public Library Service has published a guide that is designed to get the word out about the genealogy information and local history collections that are available at libraries across Georgia. The guide can be viewed and downloaded for free. It might point you towards resources that can help you find out more about your ancestors that l...

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  • MyHeritage Improved and Updated their DNA Matching

    Jan 16

    MyHeritage announced that major updates and improvements to their DNA Matching have been rolled out for all users. The MyHeritage Science Team has been working on these improvements for months. They wanted to provide users with optimal results. MyHeritage summarized the updates and improvements this way: “Anyone who took a MyHeritage DNA tes...

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  • FamilySearch Posted Year in Review Highlights

    Jan 15

    FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch posted a year in review that highlights of their work in 2017. Here are some facts from the highlights: There are 1.2 billion peop...

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  • Did You Do That?

    Jan 15

    It can happen to the best family history researcher, that there appears some major errors in the branches of the tree and in the information about individuals. So how does that happen? The following are a few ideas which tend to lead to mistakes and should be avoided: 1. Typos, typing or writing out a date, name or place incorrectly. This is espe...

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