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  • Kenton County Public Library Genealogy Events – January 2017

    Dec 22

    The Kenton County Public Library opened in 2012. It was the only Star Ranked library in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the publication Library Journal in 2013 and in 2014. The library is offering genealogy classes in January of 2017. The Kenton County Public library main branch is located in Independence, Kentucky. There is also a Kenton Pub...

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  • Photocroms

    Dec 21

    At the United States Library of Congress they have recently put online more than 6,000 old full color “photochroms” from around the United States and many locations in other parts of the world. The images date from the 1890s to the 1910s showing many scenes of hometowns. If you had an ancestor from one of these locations, it will be of special ...

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  • Recently Added at Ancestry.com – December 2016

    Dec 21

    Each month, Ancestry.com adds brand new information to its resources. They also make it clear which of their collections have been recently updated. The easiest way to discover what's new is to view the Recently Added and Updated Collections list at Ancestry.com. The default setting of the Recently Added Collections list is the United States (...

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  • Nautilus Mutual Life Insurance Sold Policies on Slaves

    Dec 20

    The New York Times posted a very detailed article about an insurance company that sold life insurance policies on slaves. Copies of some of those policies can be found at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Nautilus Mutual Life Insurance Company opened in Manhattan's financial district in 1845. It wasn't able to get enough sales ...

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  • Google has ‘PhotoScan’

    Dec 19

    It can be a job scanning your vintage photos. However, Google has come up with an improved method for getting your photos in a digital format. PhotoScan is an app used to “take a picture of your pictures.” That is, it will snap photos of all those old pictures, even those in an album. It will then create enhanced digital scans, with automatic ...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Pass Sessions – February 10

    Dec 19

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11. There are a series of Sessions that will be available each day. The type of Pass you buy determines what Sessions you will have available to access. Keep in mind that these Sessions/Labs are subject to change. Here is what is offered with the RootsTech Pass on February 10, 2017. Starting at 11...

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  • Things to Know About American Marriage Records

    Dec 18

    Marriage records are vital records that genealogists seek out. The reason is because marriage records hold a wealth of information about the people who got married. There might, or might not, be a record of your ancestor's marriage. In colonial America, the rich had a very involved courtship process that, if all went well, resulted in a marria...

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  • Photos Over the Years

    Dec 17

    As you have done your family history research and covered many decades, some family relatives may have followed in the same occupation as their ancestors - a family tradition. Using the 'Old Photo Archive' online site you can view vintage photos of individuals at specific occupations at different time frames. They have about 80 plus categories to ...

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  • The History of Krampus

    Dec 17

    You may have spent your childhood hearing stories about Santa Claus, visiting Santa at the mall, and writing out a Christmas List to send to Santa Claus. There is another mythical holiday character that is associated with Christmas that you may be unaware of. Krampus could be described as the opposite of Santa Claus. National Geographic descri...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 11

    Dec 16

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those passes offer on February 11, 2017. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday t...

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  • Using Rootsweb.com

    Dec 15

    Rootsweb.com is a free genealogy website providing worldwide source for learning, collaborating and sharing for the expert and novice alike on family trees. The site, (part of Ancestry.com, but free) provides access to huge transcribed records from volunteer researchers, and contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for trac...

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  • Don’t Overlook the Baby Book

    Dec 15

    Genealogists can learn a lot about an ancestor from his or her baby book. It is a resource that can easily be overlooked because it is not a vital record. There has been at least one instance where a baby book helped reunite long, lost, siblings. Baby books started being used at the end of the nineteenth century. Each baby book consists of f...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 10

    Dec 14

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those Passes offer. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday through Saturday of R...

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  • Hello Girls

    Dec 13

    The telephone, patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, would eventually enable people to communicate with each other in all parts of the world, but at first, the few subscribers, mostly the wealthy and businesses, were not sure what to say into the new voice connector. It had been an early practice for a caller to ring a bell, pause and then s...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Getting Started Pass – February 9

    Dec 13

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11, 2017. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions/Labs you will have access to. The two least expensive Passes are the Getting Started Pass and the Getting Started (1 Day Only) Pass. Here is what those Passes offer. The Getting Started Pass is good for Thursday through Saturday of Ro...

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