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  • Marking a Major Ancestral Anniversary

    Sep 29

    I'm remembering and marking the 100th anniversary of when by paternal great grandparents came to the shores of America. In spite of being married they actually came at two different dates. My gr grandfather, George William Kershaw, arrived to the Port of Boston on August 14, 1912. He had lived his whole life, born in Hulme, Chorlton, Manchester, L...

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  • Have You Checked Your IGI Lately?

    Sep 28

    It is always important to revisit certain databases as you progress in your family research. For several reasons, first of all, you are more experienced and possibly better at looking for the right key names or places. Second, most databases are continually being added to over the years. So if you have not searched on a certain family branch or in...

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  • Sending for Birth-Marriage-Divorce-Death Records

    Sep 26

    It helps to have one location for information on getting vital records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a full listing online of all fifty states plus the US Territories of Guam, Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canal Zone, Mariana Islands, including the District of Columbia. Here clearly and neatly listed for each location is...

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  • Railroad Records

    Sep 24

    America's railroad systems have crisscrossed the country for decades. Yet the most important element have been the people who built the railroads, maintained them, the engineers, the conductors and many more who saw the everyday operations kept on schedule. In your family research you just might come across an ancestor who work with the railroad sy...

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  • Life in 1901 England

    Sep 22

    That date was some 111 years ago which seems quite a long time ago, but very possibility you have close relatives on the family tree who lived during that time. My father was born in England in 1905, so certainly his parents would have been a part of that year. The online site, 'Living At The Time of the Census' refers to the United Kingdom officia...

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  • Mexico’s 1930 Census

    Sep 20

    With all the attention about the 1940 U. S. Census returns that are now available, another census that many people will be interesting in checking is that of the nation of Mexico for 1930. The United States and Mexico are neighbors and many individuals will have ancestors who came from Mexico after 1930 or relatives from Canada or U. S. living in...

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  • National Hat Month-Recognize the Tradition

    Sep 18

    Hats are still worn by men and women, but it was not so long ago that you didn't leave the house without some type of hat on your head, no matter who you were or your occupation. Just like clothes fashion, hats helped depict a time period. Just envision a three-corner hat and right away you think the colonial period just before and after the Ameri...

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  • Missed Someone in the US 1940 Census?

    Sep 17

    If you have a large database of ancestors, you can easily overlook a relative who might appear in the 1940 census. Since there is so much information on this newest census, you will want to check for every person. I found a second cousin I did not have on a list. It turns out he was a young man of 18 years old living with an aunt and uncle lear...

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  • Writing Family Memoirs

    Sep 15

    Well you are now at the point after researching information about your ancestors that you want to create a written family memoir. That is a good idea. Remember you can always be finding additional information on a relative and it can be added later. Getting started and not putting off the opportunity is key. So here are some ideas and approaches...

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  • National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 13

    From mid-September to mid-October, this time period annually is set aside to recognize the achievements and accomplishments of those Americans with an Hispanic heritage. There will be numerous programs put on by the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Humanities and the ...

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  • Patriot Day 9/11

    Sep 11

    With such a national tragedy as occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D. C. and the fields of southwestern Pennsylvania, everyone's lives were deeply affected. Now that it is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some people may be ready to talk more about their feelings and reactions that day and the weeks that followed. ...

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  • Recognition of Grandparent’s Day

    Sep 9

    The first Sunday after Labor Day has been traditionally recognized as National 'Grandparent's Day'. Whether a grandparent was nicknamed 'Nana', 'Granny', 'Gran', 'Nanny', 'Gaba', 'Pa-Pa', 'Pops', 'Gramps' or 'Granddad', they have always been an important part of most children and young adults' lives. There is a long history of one or both grandpar...

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  • Vintage Scenes of Philadelphia, PA

    Sep 7

    With such an old and established city in American, many individuals may have ancestors who called Philadelphia home. The Free Library of Philadelphia now has online a wonderful collection of photographs in a digital format, making it available on the Internet. One of the earliest photos dates back to 1841. There are several methods to view and ...

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  • An Ancestor and a Ship

    Sep 5

    Mark this date, Sept. 6, 1620, when the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower ship from Plymouth, England for a new life and an unknown future in the New World. This date may well tie into your own family lineage. It is figured that millions of people are direct descendants of passengers (not all on board were Pilgrims) who came to the new settlement....

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  • Colonial Occupations–the Common & Bizarre

    Sep 3

    Many occupations are still done today, maybe in a different way and with modern equipment compared to the 1700s, but still a needed occupation. Many of these same jobs were known by a different name during America's colonial period. For example a teacher was called a 'schoolmaster', a landscaper or tree trimmer was called 'shrager', a podiatrist (...

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