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  • Genealogy Resources at the Tyler Public Library

    May 15

    The Tyler Public Library is located in Tyler, Texas. It was founded in 1899 as a subscription library by the Tyler Federation of Women's Clubs and located above the old Tyler Electric Company offices. In 1904, it moved into its own building donated by Andrew Carnegie on College Avenue. The Tyler Public Library has genealogy resources. It is r...

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  • Georgia Confederate Muster Rolls

    May 15

    The State of Georgia Archives has made available online their Civil War Confederate Muster Rolls. In the search box at the top, you can place a surname and a list of digital muster rolls will appear with the Battalion, Regiment, and Unit along with the full date of that listing. Muster rolls are listing of those soldiers in the unit as of the date ...

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  • FamilySearch Introduces Family Tree Lite

    May 14

    FamilySearch has introduced Family Tree Lite. It is a streamlined version of FamilySearch's Family Tree. This version is for users who need FamilySearch's Family Tree to be smaller. Why would FamilySearch take something users love and make a smaller, minimalistic, version of it? One reason has to do with bandwidth. People who use FamilySearc...

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  • How to Start Your Family Tree

    May 13

    If you are new to genealogy, you might not know how to start your family tree. The task can seem overwhelming and exciting. It can be hard to decide where to begin. Here are some ideas on how to make this complex task more simple. Break it into small tasks You cannot possibly do everything all at once. That's ok! Break down your family tre...

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  • What Your Mom and Grandmother Weren’t Allowed

    May 13

    Our female ancestors worked to earn their right to vote during the suffrage movement of 1800s into early 1900s, before the constitutional amendment was finally passed in 1920. Yet females were still faced with oppression over the years, even during the 1950s into early 1970s. So your own mother and grandmother had to deal with certain things they w...

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  • What You Can Learn from Old Photos of Your Mother

    May 12

    Your view of your mother, and who she is, was based upon your experiences in early childhood. As you grew, the relationship between you and your mother probably changed at least a little bit. This is part of growing up. What many people forget is that their mothers had a life before they became a mom. There are several things you can learn from old...

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  • New York Public Library Digital Resources are Free

    May 11

    The New York Public Library has made their out-of-copyright resources available for high resolution download. The digital archive includes 708,518 documents and images – and is growing. Some of those resources may be useful to genealogists. On January 6, 2016, the New York Public Library made over 187K digital items in the public domain avai...

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  • Civil War Pension Files and Letters

    May 11

    Two very important documents, if you have any for an ancestor during the American Civil War, would be their military pension file and any letters they wrote back home. The following is a good example of both in helping to tell the final days of one American, Wesley Wagoner in 1863. The 76th Pennsylvania infantry regiment along with four companie...

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  • The 2020 Census has Funding Problems

    May 10

    The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The 2020 Census has funding problems, and this could potentially create issues for genealogists and non-genealogists. The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats ea...

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  • Reclaim the Records – Public Data for Public Use

    May 9

    Have you ever been frustrated because the record you were seeking was held behind a paywall? Have you ever been suspicious that the record you are trying to find online is not there at all? You aren't alone! Reclaim the Records seeks to put public records online, for free, for everyone. Reclaim the Records is a non-for-profit group of genealog...

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  • V-E Day – Did You Know?

    May 9

    There are many people today who have no idea what 'V-E Day' means. However, back 72 years to 1945, everyone around the globe knew what 'V-E Day' meant. Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day) commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. After years of war, since 1939, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany was defeated. Millions of people had ...

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  • FDA Approved Drug to Treat ALS

    May 8

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a drug called Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with ALS. It is the first new treatment for ALS that has been approved in more than two decades. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease after the famous baseball player who was diag...

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  • National Teacher Day

    May 7

    In 2017, National Teacher Day is May 9th. It is the Tuesday of the first full week of May. Teachers certainly are among the most deserving individuals over the decades. This day honors those hard working, patient and understanding people whom we entrust our children to. Teachers mold our kids in a positive direction, affecting who they are and who...

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  • Prince Philip is Stepping Down from Public Life

    May 6

    The Royal Family of England has made an official announcement that Prince Philip will step down from public life in autumn of 2017. This doesn't change the rules of succession. Philip Mountbatten is the Duke of Edinburgh. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He is the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The wedding of Quee...

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  • Before You Attend a Genealogy Conference…

    May 5

    Genealogy conferences can be wonderful opportunities to learn something new and to meet people who also love genealogy and family history. Before you attend a genealogy conference, make sure to read what the rules are. Conferences can change their rules from one year to the next, so it's best not to assume the rules from last year are still in pl...

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