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  • What Was There – Photos and Maps Linking Past and Present

    Mar 7

    Do you have an old photo of a home, building or structure and ever wonder what is there now? The online site 'What Was There' helps you find an answer to that question. There is a long list of locations, most within the United States, but some from Scotland, England, The Netherlands and France to select from. Once a place is selected, click on ...

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  • Port of Entry – Castle Garden

    Mar 5

    There were many possible ports of entry into the United States that our ancestors may have gone through in the 19th century. Most people first think of Ellis Island, however that did not serve as a New York entrance port until 1892. Prior to that date it was Castle Garden, also known as Castle Clinton, at the tip of Manhattan, New York City where m...

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  • Where Your Surname or Given Name Might Be Located?

    Mar 3

    You have a long list of family surnames and given names you have collected over the years. One thing that can add an interesting note to that research is where in the world your family name is used in the naming of a town, river, county, province, a hill, a valley, an island, canal, city, mine, creek, mountain, etc. This can be answered with the ...

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  • Scottish Heritage Uncovered

    Mar 1

    For the thousands of family history researchers with even a trace of Scottish heritage, the WorldGenWeb Project has the Scottish version which is an absolutely essential for anyone looking for their Scottish roots. The free resource and reference information on Scotland and its people was developed in 1997 and called ScotlandGenWeb Project. Some...

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  • Online Sharing of Family History

    Feb 27

    Working on one's family tree is fascinating for the researcher never knows what they may uncover next in their quest. Just like networking in the business world is helpful, so is sharing and exchanging information with fellow researchers. So much can be learned when you share your own family tree branches. With the Internet and online genealogy ...

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  • Sharing Your Family Data on ‘TribalPages’

    Feb 25

    There are numerous genealogy sites for researchers to create, maintain and share their family tree online with others. One of the Internet sites is 'TribalPages' where the family historian can set up their family tree and also have privacy in reference to the information submitted. TribalPages have approximately 300,000 members with some 80 million...

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  • Searching through Bible Records

    Feb 23

    When researching the family history, using primary and secondary sources is essential. It has been a traditional practice for families to make a written recording of major family events such as births, marriages and deaths in the large family bible. Most Bibles even had special blanks pages within the Bible for such recordings. The closer to the ac...

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  • Seeing into Asia – China, Korea, Japan from 1917 to 1932

    Feb 21

    Whether you are the family historian or a lover of erotic places, there is an online database of some 5,000 photos that capture scenes of China, Korea, Japan and and Russia between the years of 1917 to 1932. At the Duke University Internet site, in their digital collection, the photos taken by Sidney D. Gamble covering four separate trips to Asia a...

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  • Censuses for Ireland 1901 and 1911

    Feb 19

    The National Archives of Ireland has made available free online in digital format the Irish censuses for 1901 and 1911. The search page is easy to use. You can select which census year; 1901 or 1911 and place just a surname if desired. If it is a common Irish name, more details, such as a given name, male or female or approximate age in the census ...

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  • Finding an Ancestor in the Dakota Territory in 1885

    Feb 17

    Many people at the end of the American Civil War decided to start fresh in a new land. The Dakota Territory, 1861 to 1889, which would later makeup North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming became the new home of many people who once lived east of the Mississippi River. There were new settlers from the Union Northern states as well ...

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  • Any Celebrities in the Family Tree?

    Feb 15

    Part of the fun of genealogy is the possibility, remote as it may be, to locate a celebrity, a well-known person, a historical figure or even royalty in one's family tree. It is not until one does a descent search can hope to locate an famous ancestor. There are several online sources to begin such a search. In the Genealogy.com site, they have ...

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  • We Relate

    Feb 13

    An online collection of submitted family names, photos, documents, dates, locations, etc. is presented on the site 'We Relate'. This is a free Wiki sharing genealogy site, with nearly 2 million names in the database. It is maintained by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy and Allen County Public Library of Indiana. The basic formula is to have ...

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  • Those Who Served During World War II

    Feb 11

    During World War II, everyone in the United States was affected between 1941 and 1945. The most notable were the men and women who served in one of the United States military branches. The online fee-based site of Ancestry.com, has its Young American Patriots Collection which is based on those service personnel from certain states. Those states ...

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  • 1895 Maps of Ancestral Hometowns

    Feb 9

    During the course of your family history research you noted the numerous hometowns where your ancestors lived. They may have resided in a small community, a modest-sized town or large city. You may have the name of the town, but not know which county it was situated in. How about any neighboring communities, are you familiar with those places? More...

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  • Western States Marriage Record Index

    Feb 8

    The BYU of Idaho educational department has gathered an index of marriages from the western region of the United States. This collection of over 699,938 marriage records are gathered from several sources. The online database has a good search engine. The states included in the index are Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, New Mex...

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