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  • Neimann-Pick Type C is a Rare Genetic Disease

    Apr 22

    Neimann-Pick Type C is a rare genetic disorder that is sometimes referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer's”. In April of 2017, a toddler named Marian McGlocklin was in the news because she had been diagnosed with Neimann-Pick Type C. The rare genetic disease is believed to affect 1 in 150,000 live births in the United States. The exact number is...

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  • How to Approach Doing the Research

    Apr 21

    You will find that the approach to doing your family history can make a world of difference on your success. Number one - do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time. Next - be patient. This mixes with the ...

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  • How to Build a Time Capsule

    Apr 21

    Every so often, a building is demolished or renovated – and a time capsule is found. The items inside it can reveal interesting information about the past. What would you put into a time capsule for future generations to find? Once you figure that out, the next step is learning how to build a time capsule. In Santa Maria, California, a 100 ...

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  • How to Plan a Research Trip

    Apr 20

    A research trip can help genealogists find the information that haven't been able to locate. Just like with any trip, it is vitally important to take the time to make solid plans before you go. Here is how to plan a research trip. Pick a Focus Point Your research trip probably isn't going to last for months. This means you have to be choosy ...

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  • Reasons to Share Family History with Your Kids

    Apr 19

    Would you like your children to become familiar with their family history? The best way to do it is to actively teach it to them. Children of all ages can learn the stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next. There are plenty of reasons to share your family history with your kids. Your Kids Don't Know the Stories Many ...

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  • Locate this Family Information

    Apr 19

    As you work on your family tree, you might wonder what specific information should you search for. Yes, the basics of each individual's full names are important as well as birth-marriage and death dates. Hand in hand is also the location for those events of BMD. However, include where a relative lived during different time periods of their life. Re...

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  • Irish Dog Licenses Could Give You Clues

    Apr 18

    Do you have ancestors that lived in Ireland? You might be having difficulty finding information about them because many records have been destroyed. However, if your ancestor happened to have a dog, the dog license could give you some clues. Most of the Irish Censuses were destroyed during the Civil War in 1922. An explosion tore apart the Pu...

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  • Ellis Island Day

    Apr 17

    Everyone thinks all immigrates came through Ellis Island in New York. No, that is not the case. Ports of entry included Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, just to name a few. How the most famous entry port does remain, Ellis Island, in the Upper New York Bay near the Statue of Liberty. The name came from Samuel Elli...

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  • What to Do with Your Parent’s Stuff

    Apr 17

    You might be very aware of the important family heirlooms that your parent's own. Often, a parent officially declares which items should go to what family member after the parent's pass on. That information might be in a will. This leaves a tougher problem unanswered: What to do with your parents stuff. Times change. Your parents may have p...

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  • The Most Common Surname in the United States

    Apr 16

    One of the clues genealogists use to track down information about relatives and ancestors is the person's surname. If your family has a unique surname, it won't be too difficult to find people who share it. However, if your family surname happens to be the most common one in the United States – you're going to end up with a lot of “false posi...

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  • Our Female Ancestors’ Beauty Tips

    Apr 15

    The ladies have always known how to look their best over the decades. Most beauty routines learned from their mothers and grandmothers. Here are a few such suggested beauty secrets from our ancestors. Rinse your hair with cool water and vinegar to exfoliate your scalp. Use the charred end of a cooled burnt matchstick to darken your eyebrows. Ma...

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  • How to Combine a Birthday with a Family Reunion

    Apr 15

    Do you have a relative that is hitting a milestone birthday? It is common for families to gather to celebrate the birthday of a loved one who is turning 70, 80, or 90 years old. It is possible to combine that birthday celebration with a family reunion. Get a Birthday Cake The focus of the celebration should be the person who is having a birth...

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  • How Birth Order Affects Personalities

    Apr 14

    Why does your sibling (or other relative) behave the way that he or she does? It may have something to do with birth order. There are certain personality traits that tend to show up in a first born child, a middle child, or the “baby” of the family. Of course, there are exceptions to this pattern. The First Born First born's tend to be l...

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  • Nationalizations Records – FamilySearch

    Apr 13

    Nationalization (becoming an American citizen) was an important event to many immigrates. The process of naturalization started in 1790. Some of the rules included the naturalization of a man could also include his wife becoming a citizen (that last only up to 1922). The man's children (those under the age of 21) were made citizens when the father...

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  • Tips for Backing Up Your Genealogy Research

    Apr 13

    Genealogists spend hours doing research about their ancestors. It takes time to track down vital records, figure out tricky family connections, travel to graveyards, and build a family tree. It would be a nightmare to suddenly lose all that information because you failed to properly back it up. Here are some tips for backing up your genealogy re...

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