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  • US Federal Mortality Census 1850

    Jan 9

    Do you think you had an ancestor who died between June 1849 and May 1850 and don't have much in any details? Well, using the FamilySearch.org site, it has the U. S. Federal Mortality Census (Schedule) for 1850. This year of 1850 was the first time such an special census was conducted. It was done with the regular Federal Census for population in 1...

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  • Lorain County, Ohio Births and Deaths

    Jan 7

    Your luck day if your have ancestors from Lorain County in the state of Ohio. This location at the northern end of the state borders Lake Erie and is very close to the city of Cleveland. So you may have ancestors who were born or died in Lorain County and you always thought it was strictly in Cleveland. Lorain's population in the 1870s was about 30...

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  • Photos of Pioneer North Dakota

    Jan 5

    Pioneer life out on the open plains was never easy. Many of our ancestors may have been those early homesteaders to the territory and then state of North Dakota. The North Dakota State University Library in Fargo has a great photographic collection of those pioneer days. Using these images you see better what pioneer life was like, their sod hou...

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  • 1918-1919 Influenza and Your Ancestors

    Jan 3

    There it was all around, no escaping the newspaper headlines, the talk on the neighborhood corner or family dinners at the table. It was the early fall season of 1918 and not a tremendous amount to be very cheerful about by citizens across America. The nation had been “over there”, in Europe fighting the Germans since the United States declar...

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  • UK Records-BMD

    Jan 1

    For those researchers with ancestors in the United Kingdom (England-Wales-Scotland and Northern Ireland) remember to check the databases of the FreeBMD online. It contains some 221 million records and it is free access. The records are of the civil registration index for births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales and new ones are continuing ...

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  • Menus and Photos 1851 to 1930

    Dec 30

    In a past FamilyTree.com Genealogical Blog, I had written about cruise lines, railroad and airlines menus and locating them online in a digital format. The New York Public Library has an even greater collection of menus from restaurants, hotels, banquet rooms all over New York and other locations – also in digital format. It is the Miss F...

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  • Civil War Widows’ Pensions

    Dec 28

    Those researchers with ancestral veterans who served during the American Civil War will want to find as many additional sources of primary information as possible. One good location is the pension applications and case files completed by the widows and dependent children of veterans. The United States government granted pensions to widows of men...

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  • Photos & Documents from Kansas

    Dec 26

    The 'Sunflower' state of Kansas is in the heart of the United States. Its name comes from the 'Kansa' Native Indians. However many different Indian tribes lived on these great plains. The hunting of the plain's bison was the core of their existence. In 1854 the US government opened up the Kansas land for settlers. It became a state of the Union i...

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  • Family Photo Albums & Hometowns

    Dec 24

    A perfect opportunity to identify photos in family albums is during the holiday week when you can visit with relatives. Never attempt to label all the photos, but even a handful will help you later in some additional research. If you are going to a relative's house and they don't have any family photos and you do, bring them along. Share them with ...

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  • National Roots Day. December 23.

    Dec 23

    It's the holiday season and everyone is preparing their homes around the globe in celebration. Some are spending the holidays with their parents or grandparents, others with their adult children or grandchildren. There are all types of family styles now-a-days; from two parents, to a single parent, to adopted parents, to a family being sisters, bro...

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  • Images of Old San Francisco

    Dec 22

    The San Francisco, California Public Library has online a large historical photographic collection of the city by the bay. These images starting around 1850 come from cabinet cards, lantern slides, photo albums, postcards, panorama, glass negatives, stereograph and general scenes of San Francisco and California subjects. There are about 40,000 of t...

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  • Google Newspapers Around the Globe

    Dec 20

    The search engine on the Internet is a valuable tool. One of the most well-known and innovated search engines is Google. It can be extremely useful for family history research. Their newspaper collections are outstanding. Since newspaper, big and small circulation are the window to a community, the use of newspaper articles for family research has ...

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  • Cushman Photos and Slides 1930s to 1972

    Dec 18

    It is nice to come across a large collection of photos that cover or represent a certain region or time period. Photos are the best method to get an idea of how our ancestors looked, dressed, their activities and what their state, region or community looked like at a certain time period. The Indiana University Archives – Digital Library Progra...

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  • Our Ancestor’s Menu – Please !

    Dec 16

    There are collections of all types of items – just about any time period and any location. This includes menus. Yes, the card stock folder, the sheet of paper or the booklet – many different type of food menus used by airlines and cruise ships. This online collection from Northwestern University Library has about 400 menus from across the Uni...

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  • Finding Published Family History Books

    Dec 14

    FamilySearch.org has collected some 40,000 digital family history books along with periodicals and gazettes all relating to genealogy and individual family research. This makes it very simple to locate, read and even download the material if you desire. The seven sources for this collection range from the Allen County Public Library, to Brigham ...

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