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  • Prince Philip is Stepping Down from Public Life

    May 6

    The Royal Family of England has made an official announcement that Prince Philip will step down from public life in autumn of 2017. This doesn't change the rules of succession. Philip Mountbatten is the Duke of Edinburgh. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He is the husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The wedding of Quee...

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  • Before You Attend a Genealogy Conference…

    May 5

    Genealogy conferences can be wonderful opportunities to learn something new and to meet people who also love genealogy and family history. Before you attend a genealogy conference, make sure to read what the rules are. Conferences can change their rules from one year to the next, so it's best not to assume the rules from last year are still in pl...

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  • Using Facebook

    May 5

    Social Media is everywhere; Facebook, Twitter, and emails are a major part of everyone's life today. Use that method of communication to help you in your own family research. Where else can you network with groups of people from around the world and talk about family history, whenever you want? There are many, many, groups and pages on Facebook. ...

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  • DAR Genealogical Resources

    May 4

    The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization that was founded in 1890. Members of DAR are women over the age of 18 who have an ancestor that helped America gain its independence. The DAR has a variety of genealogical resources. DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) The GRS...

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  • How to Combine a Family Reunion and Memorial Day

    May 3

    Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. It was originally known as Decoration Day. The purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. One way to do that is to combine a family reunion with Memorial Day. Many people get a three-day weekend on Memorial Day. Public sc...

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  • May – Historic Preservation Month

    May 3

    Historic Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to provide examples of local preservation efforts in America. Preservation Month during May is observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, historical speake...

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  • FamilySearch has French Census Records

    May 2

    Genealogists who have ancestors who lived in France can benefit from using the resources at FamilySearch. They have added six new French Census collections. FamilySearch regularly updates existing collections of records by adding new ones to them. The French Census is different from the United States Census (which is carried out nationally). ...

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  • Between 1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses

    May 1

    Only a few states took part in 1885 in the semi-decennial census suggested by the Federal government in 1879. It was for most states and territories to do their own state census, but unfortunately ... they did not. They would not realize how important the 1885 state census would be in the future. With the fire nearly destroying the 1890 Federal Cen...

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  • How to Become a Member of the DAR

    May 1

    The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in 1890, with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. It is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization. Those who wish to join must meet certain criteria. The DAR has 180,000 members. It has 3,000 chapters that are locate...

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  • North Carolina Newspapers

    Apr 29

    Newspapers of any time period can be so helpful in doing your family research. For example, I just came across an article from July 1930 in Texas for a friend that proved that her mother and aunt did go out to California after winning a beauty contest in Florida for a movie screen test. They had stopped to visit a family friend in Texas and because...

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  • Follow the Clues in a Photo

    Apr 27

    Who doesn't have a stack of vintage unlabeled photos? You need some ideas to assist labeling who, when and where in the image. Take each one and exam it carefully. You just might then notice a certain physical family characteristic. Compare with known images of relatives. I did just that when I located a photo of my father when he was 9 years old....

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  • Family History Research Revealed Identity Theft

    Apr 27

    Genealogists and family historians typically use Ancestry.com in order to learn more about their relatives and ancestors. The popular genealogy website has many collections of a variety of records that hold important personal information. One Ancestry.com user discovered a case of identity theft while using Ancestry.com. Nathan Laskoski died i...

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  • Things to Know About DNA

    Apr 26

    National DNA Day is April 25. Genealogy and genetics have become intertwined over the years. Today, genealogists are as likely to use online genealogy resources as they are to order a DNA test in an effort to learn more about their family tree. Here are some interesting things to know about DNA. Rosalind Franklin was a scientist who earned he...

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  • How to Start a Family Health History

    Apr 25

    The genes you inherited from your parents determine things like the color of your eyes, the amount of melanin in your skin, and the potential height you might reach. Some of the genes that you inherited from your parents may include an increased risk for certain diseases. Creating a family health history can educate your relatives about health issu...

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  • Two Weeks after the 1912 Sinking

    Apr 25

    One of the greatest disasters was the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. During April 2017, marks the 105th anniversary and the aftermath of that tragedy. It was not just the crewmen and passengers who did not survive but the friends and family members who did survive those who waited on shore to learn the fate of someone they knew. Using t...

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