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  • Polish-American Ancestors in World War One

    Jan 8

    There can be numerous unknown events our ancestors were part of that can only be learned with a little additional research. One fact is that many Americans wanted to fight in Europe beginning in 1914 during the Great War (World War One) because that was their native homeland.  Only problem was that the United States did not enter the war until Apr...

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  • The Overlooked Female Ancestors

    Jan 6

    It is always great to find interesting databases and Internet sites established that assist the researcher in learning more about their ancestors, especially our female ancestors.  This site titled Women Working 1800 - 1930 is done by the Harvard University Library - Open Collections Program. Women’s History is presented on the site in a vas...

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  • Images of the United Kingdom

    Jan 4

    Just like the United States National Archives has a wonderful collection of online images spanning many decades, so does the National Archives of the U.K.  If a researcher has any family ancestors originally from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland this image library of the National Archives of the U. K. is well worth viewing. The imag...

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  • Preservation of Newspapers, Scrapbooks and Photos

    Jan 2

    Sometimes it can be amazing now long certain heirlooms we possess have lasted over the years. Yet, the question arises, how many have faded, been torn or even crumbled and lost to the ages?  So that is why it is so important to make every effort to preserve those documents, photos and paper items now. Newspapers were never meant to last. They w...

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  • Ideas for the New Year 2014

    Dec 31

    A fresh start, a new year and a great opportunity to achieve some genealogical goals relating to your family history. First, have a positive attitude. Researching our ancestors is extremely rewarding, but does require patience and continuing to be persistent in your quest.  If you believe you can collect, organize, save and share all the family hi...

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  • America’s Joyous Music. National Jukebox.

    Dec 30

    The Library of Congress has such a vast storehouse of all things relating to America’s people, events and history. Not to be forgotten is the collection of music that our ancestors played, danced, listened or sang to over the decades. At the online site for the Library of Congress is the National Jukebox with some 10,000 of the recordings anyone ...

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  • A Potpourri of Genealogical Data

    Dec 29

    It is nice to come across an online site that has a large selection of sources and information for the family researcher.  Since 2006 there has been such a site titled Genealogy Trails which has compiled genealogical information from numerous sources. What makes this so amazing is that the collection of transcribed names, families, dates, facts, t...

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  • New Year’s Resolutions – the Beginnings

    Dec 28

    New Year’s Resolutions - the Beginnings The time honored New Year’s resolutions go back to 2000 B.C. when the ancient Babylonians of the Middle East held their spring and fall equinoxes festivals.  A new year was  the New Moon, the first visible crescent after the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring. Back then, people marked the beginnin...

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  • Native Americans

    Dec 26

    The Native American Indians can be a difficult research for family lineage.  Today, numerous people claim to be ‘part-Indian’; however there were many years when it was not acceptable to say you had any Native Indian blood relations. People hid the fact they may have had a full-blood grandmother who was Cherokee or any other Indian tribe. Name...

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  • Christmas Traditions from Around the World – Part 2

    Dec 24

    The singing of Christmas carols began in England in the early 1400s. They were mostly ‘tall tales’ of the first Christmas in Bethlehem. During the Puritan reign in England of the 1600s the celebration of Christmas was stopped including the singing of carols. By the early 1800s the singing of carols began again with singers known as ’Waits’,...

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  • Christmas Traditions from Around the World – Part 1

    Dec 23

    In doing your family history research it is an opportunity to see how much your life style, briefs and traditions are influenced by the ethnic and cultural practices from other countries. What better opportunity than with the family favorite Christmas traditions. Here are some examples of customs at Christmas and where they originated. From Mexi...

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  • Your Ancestor — The Inventor

    Dec 22

    A great expanded updated search engine site done by Google is titled ‘Google Patents’ and it allows you to research for any and all patents submitted by any person in the United States from the 1790s to the present time.  This is far more complete than earlier databases for patent searches. Its sources are the official United States Patent and...

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  • Zero in on an Ancestor

    Dec 20

    OK, you have worked on your family tree and have the pedigree chart in good shape with numerous names, dates and locations. The next step is to zero in on just one ancestor.  That person could be a grandmother, a great uncle, your father or a great-great-great grandmother; any one relative who intrigues you the most can be selected. Start by ke...

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  • FamilySearch & YouTube

    Dec 18

    With the newer technology it has become so simple and convenience to view on your home computer or on a mobile device short videos.  The FamilySearch site (connected with the Family History Centers --- Latter-Day Saints Church of Salt Lake City) have now begun producing some interesting instructional short videos which are viewed through the YouTu...

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  • Add Some Ethnic Christmas Customs – Part 2

    Dec 16

    To embrace your family’s ethnic background try to incorporate a few traditional ethnic Christmas customs. Here are some additional customs. For the ‘land down under’ - Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of their summer weather. Having family picnics is a popular method to celebrate Christmas. A favorite decoration is the native red-f...

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