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  • Check-Off List – Ten Ideas to check of your genealogy Check List!

    Mar 16

    Whether you are just beginning or have worked on your family tree for years, there can be many different aspects relating to your family and genealogy you have forgotten to investigate, do, search for, collect, or try. The following are just some ten ideas that you might want to consider completing so you can check it off this important list. Firs...


  • A Boy’s Message to His Grandmother

    Mar 14

    One of the research techniques I use in gathering information about an ancestral hometown is to review the items up for auction with the online site of eBay. There can anything suddenly up for sale or bids that you would not have imagined ever existing. Featured could be personal letters, diaries, labeled photos, business letterheads, etc., just ab...


  • Create a Family History Website

    Mar 12

    You have spent a good deal of time gathering photos and vital records on your family tree. The compiled information is now quite extensive. It is saved on a computer, an external hard drive and copies shared with other family members, so now what? First, you never finish, there is always several relatives you never located much information on a...


  • Additional Michigan Census Records

    Mar 10

    Just like many other states, Michigan conducted its own state censuses at various times throughout its history. They were done every 10 years between 1854 and 1904. Up to 1884, census takers recorded names and occupations only for men over the age of 21. They collected only numerical any information about the women and children in the household. ...


  • Denver, Colorado – Digital

    Mar 8

    As the Denver Public Library puts it: “It isn't just history anymore – it is America's quintessential region and culture right at your fingertips.” Having access to documents, records and photos, all in digital format has really assisted the family researcher. The material in this Denver Library Digital Collection covers more than just Co...


  • Databases on ‘Don’s List’

    Mar 6

    In trying to locate collections and databases, especially for harder to locate information, it is beneficial when people make the effort to put together large collections on the Internet to share with others. This is the case with 'Don's List' who has gathered several databases of information, especially relating to the Pittsburgh, Allegheny County...


  • Philly – What a City !

    Mar 4

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known as Philly has a long history dating back to the colonial period. So there well can be many of your ancestors who lived and worked in and around the city of Philadelphia. It was also a major entrance for immigrates first arriving in America. The Philadelphia City Archive has one of the country's largest municipal...


  • Privateers During the War of 1812

    Mar 2

    You may think a privateer and a pirate are one in the same. True, they both raided and plundered ships on the high seas. The big difference was that a privateer was private and operated under a letter of marque issued by a national government. Over the centuries there have been hundreds of privateers for different nations. For the United States ...


  • Capture that Precious Memory

    Feb 28

    Today marks my 63rd birthday, but much more important it is the first time in those 63 years that my 'second mother', my godmother, my name sake, the family cousin was not here to mark the occasion since her passing this January at age 90. She was Alice Louise Walters Leffler Wallace, my mother's cousin - who were like sisters -- both take charge t...


  • Heirlooms Missing?

    Feb 27

    There are a couple heirloom exchange and locating of orphaned family artifacts. The exchange done by JustaJoy (JustaJoy Historical Treasures) which tries to match family historians with long lost family heirlooms. As is most often the case, with the thousands of antique dealers across the country, they could be holding some family treasure. Problem...


  • City of London Archives

    Feb 26

    Many Americans (men and women) were stationed in the city of London during World War I and II and got to know about its people and the city. Still other individuals have ancestors who were born and raised in London or lived there during part of their life. It is just one of those major cities of the world with a very strong connection to the Unite...


  • Americana ETC.

    Feb 24

    If you have ever had the opportunity to explore through your grandparents' attic, old photo albums, family steamer trunks, a box filled with vintage letters, etc., then you had the chance to see the documents and personal possessions that were important enough to your relatives to be saved. For those with ancestors who have lived in the United Stat...


  • Civil War Photos

    Feb 22

    With the the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865), people are infatuated with finding as much information as possible. They are interested not only in the events, battles, people, Lincoln assassination, etc. during those years, but mostly learning if they had any relatives involved with the war directly related or part of the ex...


  • Images, Events, Products Across the Decades

    Feb 20

    Nothing assists a family historian more than images. However it does not need to be photos or drawings of just one's ancestors. Of course, that alone is super valuable, but so is their life and times. Using illustrations, drawings and photos of the places, events, activities, sports, work, social, businesses, towns, etc. that directly affected ou...


  • Divorce Records in the States

    Feb 18

    Like any of the vital records a family historian needs, such as birth-marriage and death records, one that can also be important are any divorce records. Now none of your ancestors may have ever been divorced, but unfortunately many individuals in a family did 'hide the fact' they were divorced at one time. Since it is a civil matter to be official...


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