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  • Which DNA Company Gives You a Bigger Bang for the Buck?

    Aug 21

    Genealogists who have decided to explore the information that is hidden in their genes face a dilemma. Which DNA testing company should they choose? Which one can give them a bigger bang for the buck? It all depends on what you are hoping to learn from your DNA results. Here are a few to consider: AncestryDNA * Regular Price: $99 * More tha...


  • Visa Files 1924-1944

    Aug 19

    It began in 1924 with a new law, the Visa Files becoming the official arrival records of immigrants admitted for permanent residence between July 1, 1924, and March 31, 1944. This could have been the time frame your ancestors came to America. All arriving non-citizens were required to present a visa when applying for admission to the United States...


  • Recent Additions to the Databases

    Aug 17

    You may or may not have used (fee-based collection of databases and information). Many times there are free sessions or your public library or local genealogical society may have it available. You need to keep informed of any new additions to their collection. On this page 'Recently Added or Updated Collections' you will the newest da...


  • Is DNA Testing Just a Fad?

    Aug 16

    DNA testing has become an intrinsic part of genealogy. It has become common for people to give their loved ones a DNA test as a gift. Some people question whether they should take a DNA test because they are concerned that it is just a fad. There are many signs that DNA testing is going to be available to consumers who choose to use it for a ve...


  • Canadian Military Files from the Great War

    Aug 15

    With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War (World War One – 1914-1918) in November, this is a great time to see about any ancestors who served – as a soldier, a nurse, telegraph operator, chaplain, vehicle driver, etc. Not all who served were fighting soldiers. Now online are the military files for those who served with the Canad...


  • The Differences Between a Genealogist and a Family Historian

    Aug 14

    What's the difference between a genealogist and a family historian? People sometimes use those two concepts as though they were interchangeable, and this adds to the confusion. There are differences between a genealogist and a family historian. Genealogist is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who traces or studies the descent of persons ...


  • Marriage Records 1886-1970 for Washington Co., MD

    Aug 13

    Every family researcher loves to find marriage records for relatives because of the information such a document can provide. Online now from Washington County Free Library of Maryland are the digitally scanned records for marriages occurring in Washington County from 1886 to 1970 – nearly 100 years worth. Now you might think, you had no relati...


  • Pioneer Certificates

    Aug 11

    Just like you can be part of a lineage organization such as the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or Colonial Dames or Daughters of the War of 1812-- there are special certificates of recognition of a person's historic heritage offered by different states and or counties. To learn more do a Google Search for either “pioneer certificat...


  • Why Should I Hire a Genealogist?

    Aug 9

    Genealogists spend a lot of time researching their ancestors. Over time, and with practice, their confidence in their skill grows. Those who fit those descriptions may feel they have everything under control. Eventually, everyone requires some help. Why should I hire a genealogist? There are many reasons why hiring a genealogist is a good ide...


  • Baltimore City Directories

    Aug 9

    Any time, any place you locate a city directory for where an ancestor lived, you have a gold mine. True, each type of city directory can vary but most have the person's name, home address, occupation, spouse, and work location. has a full listing for city directories that are scanned and view-able for the city of Baltimore, Mar...


  • Translating Documents

    Aug 7

    You look high and low for every bit of documentation about your ancestor you can locate. Those found journals, vital records, documents help prove and clarify the bits and pieces about the life of an ancestor. So when a new document is located you want to understand everything written on it … only problem can be is if it was written in a langua...


  • Confederate Deaths at Camp Douglas

    Aug 1

    Many people recall their history of the terrible conditions for Union prisoners at Andersonville Prison in Georgia during the American Civil War. For those who had ancestors on the Confederate side, there can be a different version of what happened to their relatives taken as prisoners. One such prison was Camp Douglas, 80 acres in size, on the so...


  • Saving those Family Photos by Scanning

    Jul 31

    If you are the keeper of the family massive photo collection, including those from 100 year or plus years ago, you know there is a major duty to be done. SCAN Them !! Anything could happen to the original photos, (including negatives and slides) no matter what era or type they are. Even the natural aging process could fade some photos, so you need...


  • Illegal Border Crosses–For Centuries

    Jul 29

    Totally in the newspaper headlines in 2018 are about illegal border crossings, yet few realized it has been happening for decades, even centuries in the Americas. This is especially true of Canada and the American colonies / states. An example, Ontario, Canada was created by political refugees coming from the new United States. Those who fled the...


  • The Other Witch Trials

    Jul 27

    Most everyone has read or heard of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692 in colonial America, where 20 people (women and a couple men) thought to be 'witches' were put on trial and many put to death when found guilty. Yet, mostly unknown there were hundreds more from miles outside of Salem who were accused and spent time in jail before the ...


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