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  • Valentine’s Day and Surnames

    Feb 11

    There are surnames such as Valentine, Love, Heart and Cupid. The family name of Valentine is English and comes from the Latin term ‘valens’ which means something very strong and healthy. Additional spellings for Valentine include Vallentine and Vallantine. Some notable individuals with the surname include Robert John Valentine who was a profess...

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  • Tonight – WDYTYA – Marisa Tomei

    Feb 10

    Marisa Tomei was born in 1964 in Brooklyn, New York.  Her family heritage is that of Italian-American. Her career as an actress on television, movies and the stage has won her many awards since 1983 with her biggest break in her performance in My Cousin Vinny in 1992. On the NBC prime time WDYTYA series with Marisa’s family journey of discove...

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  • First Movie Entertainment Enjoyed By Our Ancestors

    Feb 9

    Traditional entertainment centered on the local singer, musician or theater play in a town. Once vocal recordings were created on early records and made available in the home the door was wide open for other forms of entertainment. Nothing captured the imagination of people everywhere like the movies shown in a theater on a large screen.  These...

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  • Articles Collected by Cyndi’s List

    Feb 7

    One of the standards for amassing all the available genealogical resources and making it accessible to everyone for years has been Cyndi Ingle Howells with her ‘Cyndi’s List’. Her next step was to assemble the many family history / genealogical articles, stories and blogs that are created everyday.  She has put them in one place online with ...

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  • Ancestors in the ‘Big Easy’

    Feb 5

    After the massive destruction the city of New Orleans, Louisiana (the Big Easy) suffered in 2005 due to a hurricane, it is encouraging to see the New Orleans Public Library has an excellent biography and obituary index available on their web site. It has death notices and obituaries from various newspapers covering from 1804 to 1972. It alphabetica...

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  • Each U. S. State Archivist

    Feb 3

    There is the National Archives in Washington, D. C. which holds and preserves many of the nation’s most precious historical documents, images and recordings for future generations. In every U. S. state there is also a state archivist department in charge of saving that individual state’s history. To help oversee and cooperate such a massive job...

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  • Reminder – WDYTYA

    Feb 2

    Friday evening - Feb. 3rd, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time on NBC prime-time network the third season of WDYTYA - 'Who Do You Think You Are?'  begins.  The hour -long program will be each Friday night. The first show will have actor, Martin Sheen.  His family background comprises Irish and Spanish heritage.  He was born in Ohio in 1940 and nam...

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  • Using Search Engines

    Feb 1

    One of the best resources for any family history researcher is the ability to find clues and even snippets of information at their fingertips. With the use of the world-wide web (Internet access) and a search engine, almost any topic, name, place can be located. When one thinks of search engines the first to come to mind is Google.  It has rise...

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  • Google Alerts and Reader

    Jan 30

    With so much digital information available these days we have to stay organized or we could miss out on some new and worthwhile information. The Google search engine offers Google Alerts, an efficient method of being reminded when a topic, a surname, an article, a keyword of interest becomes available on the Internet. Instead of you taking time onc...

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  • Finding Headstones Far Away

    Jan 28

    The number of cemeteries across the United States is enormous; even for such a young nation. When you add in world-wide the cemeteries still in existence, there are millions of graves everywhere, all which represent our ancestors. There are many volunteers who have taken the time to visit cemeteries in their locality, photograph the headstones o...

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  • Celebrities on ‘WDYTYA’ and ‘Finding Your Roots’

    Jan 26

    There is nothing better than watching professional genealogists in action to not only inspire you, but also provide that extra incentive for you to continue on your own family tree research. Starting on February 3rd, a Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central, the Who Do You Think You Are? celebrity originated genealogical NBC network show...

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  • A Close-up Look at Records of London, England

    Jan 24

    The largest city in England, that of London, has been a major factor in millions of English citizens lives for centuries.  Even if you had an ancestor from another portion of England they were affected by what was done in London. The online site, London Lives, is so intriguing, rich in tens of thousands of manuscripts and fifteen databases to p...

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  • Put It In PDF

    Jan 22

    Put it what and where? PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It has been around since 1993 and is a wonderful method to capture, store and share any type of document on anyone’s computer around the globe. Once photos, text, graphs, maps, drawings, etc. are in a PDF application they retain the original appearance. Many of the genealogical so...

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  • Finding the Changing Boundaries of Counties

    Jan 20

    When attempting to narrow down hometowns for our ancestors you will quickly see that some towns no longer exist, were incorporated into another town, had a name change or is now part of a different county.  When looking about the name and location of a county, it is boundaries that have changed the most over the decades within the United States. ...

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  • The Eradication of an Ancestor’s Cemetery

    Jan 18

    That sounds pretty harsh, not only the closing to any further burials, but then the eradication and total destruction of a cemetery where one’s ancestors have been at peace and rest for decades.  The very thought does not even sound possible, but it is true and it has happened, even in more recent times. It might be imaginable that a tiny pri...

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