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  • Unseen Views of Crime and Poverty in London – 1680-1820

    Aug 30

    It is amazing some of the documents that have survived over the centuries. England does have a long tradition of keeping records for all types of events, from the grand to the common and ordinary. Since many people have some English background in their ancestry, there is an extremely interesting online site that should be investigated, even if you ...

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  • Discovering Family Secrets – A Real Case

    Aug 28

    Parents don’t necessarily discuss with their children every aspect of their life, figuring the youngsters might not comprehend some adult issues.  However, once those children are adults, in charge of their own lives would seem to be the perfect time to discuss earlier events covering the parent’s life.  When that is not done, the parent’s ...

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  • Gold Mine Found With Family Histories

    Aug 26

    Libraries, museums and genealogical societies across the country are the keepers for many family histories that have been written over the decades. Copies can be held by numerous families members, but many times those family histories written years ago also are in estate sales and lost to the family. Fortunately, many such family history books h...

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  • Appreciate Our Ancestors’ Early Historical Events

    Aug 24

    So you were not paying attention during high school American history class and now you are not sure of the events during the American Revolutionary War or the Pilgrims of the New England colonies. Yet, these are the great and more important elements that directed affected not only America as a young nation, but most assuredly our ancestors. For ...

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  • Start with a Good General Search Site

    Aug 22

    If you are just beginning or have been doing family history research for awhile, it is always beneficial to check out some of the basic online genealogical sites.  A good overall general site is Access Genealogy. It has been and remains a free resource online for genealogical data. The original backbone to the site over ten years ago was inform...

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  • Views of Pittsburgh, PA

    Aug 20

    In recent years there are new and exciting additions coming online for researchers.  One that is especially fabulous are the collections of photographs of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 20th century. True, this will have a limited audience of researchers with ancestors from that city, but if you did have any relatives from that we...

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  • Marriages in Westmoreland County, PA

    Aug 18

    Being that Pennsylvania is one of the original 13 states and long has been established, many of our ancestors could have originally lived in Pennsylvania or in a neighboring state. The county of Westmoreland was founded on February 26, 1773 and was recognized as the first county in the colony of Pennsylvania which was located west of the Allegheny ...

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  • Newest Query Site – GenQueries

    Aug 16

    It is a bit exciting to be in the early stages of a new project, one that is just getting started.  When you investigate the fairly recent online free database GenQueries for genealogy queries you will see the potential of another source of information and reaching other researchers. This service was developed by the well-known Eastman’s Online ...

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  • Floods, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Etc. Part of Your Ancestral History?

    Aug 14

    All regions across the United States and other countries around the world have experienced numerous natural disasters over the years.  It is not a nation’s government affected as it is the individuals - the families who must then struggle to put their homes and lives back together after any disaster. A unique online site known as GenDisasters...

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  • Details About St. Louis Neighborhoods

    Aug 12

    The major mid-west city of St. Louis, Missouri along the mighty Mississippi River has long been an important community in the development of America.  It has served as the home to countless native citizens and new immigrants to the country over the decades. It has the nickname of ‘Mound City’ and ‘The Gateway to the West’. The famous ‘Ga...

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  • Try a Search Engine Designed for Family History. Mocavo.

    Aug 10

    The use of the general Internet search engines is invaluable, especially Google. There seems to be nothing it can not locate, if it is on the World Wide Web.  Google Books is a wonderful addition, quickly locating a certain name, place or historical event in a digital book copy within moments and on the exact page. Of course using a search engi...

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  • Database Resources for a Few Canadian Relatives

    Aug 8

    With the United States bordering Canada it is only natural that many U. S. ancestors may have lived in provinces of Canada over the centuries. Many ancestors also first came to North America from Europe or Asia to settle in Canada. So it is worth reviewing any databases with Canadian information. In the web site That’s My Family there are a ...

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  • Scenes of Old Richmond, Virginia

    Aug 6

    The fine city of Richmond, Virginia dates back to the early 1700s. A region known in those early years for coal mining and its fine agriculture had the city of Richmond developed by Colonel William Byrd II in 1737. He selected the city’s name of Richmond for the area of Richmond, England where the Thames River flows through it just as the James ...

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  • Finding Answers On A Tiny Piece of Paper

    Aug 4

    As you research your family, always check and investigate everything piece of information you come across, for you never know what interesting bit about the family can be discovered.  The following illustrates just such an example that happened in my research. Wedged deep in between the pages of the family Musselman Bible was the tiniest sliver o...

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  • Online Michigan Death Records 1897 – 1920

    Aug 2

    The state of Michigan has made available online actual images of Michigan death certificates for the family history researcher. The site known as Seeking Michigan which is a take-off the state motto; “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” SPECIAL NOTE: That site as of July 2012 appears not to be functioning. There remains the Mi...

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