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  • Father’s Day

    Jun 16

    No, you didn’t forget dear old Dad.  Father’s Day in the United States is a day to appreciate and let your Dad know you care about him and all the things he does for the family.  He might not be a biological father, in modern families today he could be a step-father, an adoptive father or even a grandfather taking on the father figure, which ...

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  • Directories for North Carolina and Others

    Jun 14

    City directories have been a wonderful source of information for the family researcher. Not only the names of head of households, but many times, those who also lived in the house, as well as occupations and business locations are included. The Internet Archive has a great collection of directories covering a variety of places and time periods for ...

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  • Where is Today’s Newspaper?

    Jun 12

    Researchers always think of the vintage newspapers as a wonderful resource for locating information on one’s ancestors, however, don’t overlook more contemporary newspapers. With most print newspapers also available online you can view just about any current newspaper from your own home using a computer and the Internet. What is better is th...

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  • Free Indexed 1940 US Census – New States Added

    Jun 11

    As of June 8, 2012 several organizations have worked solid since April 2nd to get indexed the states in the recently released 1940 US Census. There are now 18 states available so you can locate an ancestor by their name. The massive effort by volunteers to index, get in digital searchable format the necessary information and then proof it has been ...

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  • Write About Yourself

    Jun 10

    If you have some extra time this summer, a genealogical project you should seriously consider starting is writing some key, important or meaningful moments in your own life. I know as a family historian you are always looking to uncover as much information on ancestors, both direct blood lines as well as collateral relatives. However, who would be ...

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  • Smile for the Camera

    Jun 8

    Most of us have one or more old family photos, I’m talking very old, dating back to the 19th century. Did you stop to look that no matter who is in the photo or the occasion, that no one is smiling?  First, think about it, neither are any portraits that were painted by artists, before photography became available, is a person smiling. That is be...

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  • D-Day Veterans

    Jun 6

    The term ‘D-Day’ was a military code for the date when the Allied invasion, known as ’Operation Overlord’, against Nazi Germany’s hold on Europe would begin on the beaches of the France.  The date was June 6, 1944, when approximately 156,000 Allied troops representing British, Canadian, American and French soldiers and parachutists would...

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  • Old Maids Day

    Jun 4

    There seems to be a holiday or special day to recognize just about anything - so here is one ‘Old Maids Day’ on June 4th.  Where did this particular day get started, well in the United States. So what is an ‘Old Maid’ to have a such a distinctive day?  Many of your ancestors, especially females would readily known what an old maid was ...

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  • New Mexico Death Index

    Jun 2

    The family legends were that Uncle Joe moved out to the southwest portion of the United States in the 1890s and no one has heard from him since. That can be a typical tale and one that can be a long standing mystery to the family and for the genealogist. One of the areas that many individuals went to resettle in the last half of the 19th century an...

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  • Using ‘GermanRoots’ Web Site

    May 31

    The web site, GermanRoots has a listing of many individuals and families who left different sections of Germany and resettled in other parts of the world; some in America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. It is call emigration when a person selects to leave their homeland.  The records in the various databases can provide information on the perso...

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  • Crossing ‘The Hump’ – the Daring Pilots of WW II

    May 30

    There are many people unaware of some of the daring missions that American and other Allied airmen had to make countless times during the course and aftermath of World War II.  This Memorial Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about some of dangerous flights made by pilots in the military, some who may have been relatives. Remember air flight...

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  • Cadet Nursing Corps

    May 29

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, everyone on the home front within the United States wanted to know how they could help. More than likely it was your own grandparents, great grandparents, an uncle or aunt who did they part in the war effort.  Many young men joined the military service as did many women signing up for the WAC (Wom...

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  • Connecticut in Pictures and Stories

    May 27

    This state might be small in land size and population, but Connecticut has been at the heart of most of America’s history through its diverse people. A free online collection titled ‘Connecticut History Online’ provides a digital of the land, its resources, its events and people. If you ever had any ancestors from Connecticut for the last 200...

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  • Memorial Day Research

    May 26

    The Memorial Day weekend would be an excellent opportunity to either jump start your family history research or spend a little extra time on those family lines or individuals that need some of the gaps of information filled in. It is amazing what can be accomplished with just a couple hours of time. A few suggestions would include to sort and labe...

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  • Database of Mormon Pioneers

    May 25

    A major emigration of settlers traveled across the Great Plains and into the Far West of the United States between 1847 and 1868 to help establish homes and new communities in the Salt Lake Valley. Most of these new arrivals were followers of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) seeking a new land to live their lives and practice their rel...

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