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  • Upper New York State Newspapers

    Dec 12

    Today is 12-12-12 You may wonder where are the best sources for information on your ancestors or their hometown. The one research that generally yields the most and many times some very unusual bits of information are the local newspapers. The more localized you can make your search many times is where the best results occur. There is an onli...


  • United Kingdom Postcards

    Dec 10

    The sending and receiving of postcards became a very popular activity for people around the globe beginning in the 1870s and especially by the late 1880s and into the 1910s. The postcards were not just sent while one was traveling, visiting other places, but also just as a method to share scenes of what their own hometown or region looked like. Ph...


  • The Fun Our Ancestors Had in 1880s

    Dec 9

    Knowing more about the types of interests and sources of entertainment for our ancestors really adds to getting to know our relatives. One very popular and fashionable form of entertainment actually came about due to the improvement in 1884 of ball-bearing roller skates. With superior development in the skates, the public roller or skating rinks s...


  • Types of Researchers

    Dec 8

    Working on your family history is not an exact science with only one method to research your ancestors. For as many different ancestors you may have there are that many varied ways to be a researcher. You want to be the type that your are most comfort with and brings you the greatest satisfaction. So what are these types of researcher? See if ...


  • Genealogical Holiday Sayings for the Season

    Dec 7

    In these weeks leading up to the holidays, as you write those Holiday Newsletters, fill out cards, decorate, wrap gifts you might like to add a special genealogical touch. So the following are a collection from numerous sources of genealogical sayings you can use during this holiday season.   If you are into designing gift paper or cards...


  • Edit Those Photos–Simple Method

    Dec 6

    It can be very helpful to have a simple photo editing software whenever an old or recent photo needs something special. You may not think to touch up, fix up, enhance any of your old vintage family portraits, but sometimes those are the ones that need that special touch up. Scanning the image is the first step. If you do not have a scanner, yo...


  • Families in British India Society

    Dec 4

    'The sun never set on the British Empire' was a saying referring to all the British colonies across the globe that the United Kingdom once held, so many that the sun was shining somewhere on British property at any given time. One of the biggest and most important British colony was that of India in the continent of Asia. Not just the British milit...


  • Gallery of New York City Photos

    Dec 2

    The grand city of New York City has a fabulous history and many of our ancestors either arrived first to the port of New York, made the city their home, traveled to the city, served in the military or had business dealings there. So this is an important location to see what ties our ancestors may have had with New York City. Besides the family co...


  • Something Special about December?

    Nov 30

    There is much being talked about that December 2012 has some special dates on certain days of the week that make it super usual. The month of December 2012 does have 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays, and 5 Mondays. Boy, is that occurrence strange, unusual, something our ancestors never witnessed? No, not by a long shot. In fact the last happening was in ...


  • Dallas Cemeteries

    Nov 29

    Everything is big in Texas and especially in the city of Dallas. It is located in the northeast corner of Texas and has a long history. The city today is about 365 square miles in land size and over 6.3 million in population making it the ninth largest city in the United States. An early settlement established by John Neely Bryan in 1841 was the bi...


  • West Virginia BMD Online

    Nov 28

    The state of West Virginia was for many years part of the state of Virginia, that portion in the Appalachian Mountains. It seceded from Virginia in 1861-62 to become the 35th state of the Union on June 20, 1863. When researching ancestors who lived in that region prior to 1863 you would need to check the archives of Virginia, which are very complet...


  • Queensland Australia Databases

    Nov 26

    From the 'land down under' – Australia and especially the state of Queensland has provided online a nice index of databases on several topics. All of them are in PDF format which very easy to download and read. The type of records indexed include immigration, convicts, hospitals, orphanages, occupations, land and court records. There are some...


  • Illinois State Records and Chicago

    Nov 24

    If you have ancestors from Illinois, the state archives have placed indexes of many of their records and collections online for searching by the public. The variety of departments is enormous. Some of the materials are from police, mining, banks, Civil War rosters, schools, Illinois Centennial, state legislative, World War I and II, veterans and o...


  • Your Great Grandparents Did ‘What’ ?

    Nov 22

    The great thing about doing your family history is not just gathering names and dates, but rather learning more about our ancestors' daily lives. One very interesting period of time to explore is that of the Victorian era – 1840s to 1900, whether in Europe or America, many people followed some strange and bazaar, yet accepted behaviors. First ...


  • The Speech or Sayings of a 17th Century Pilgrim

    Nov 21

    The speech or sayings of a 17th Century Pilgrim: a proud day for any researcher is finding  family lineage back to the original Pilgrims who arrived to the American shores on 1620. By October 1621 they (the ones remaining) celebrated the first Thanksgiving having survived a very harsh winter in a new land.  The term 'Pilgrim' refers to all those ...


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