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  • Family’s Hometown Christmas

    Dec 23

    Have you wondered (especially if you had no first knowledge) what Christmas in the family hometown or home county was like? One of the best resources for learning about the town traditions and happenings at the holiday time is to check their local newspapers. Cover the time frame your ancestors lived in the town, say 1900 to 1930. This was done fo...

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  • Index for Delaware Marriage Licenses 1683-1894

    Dec 21

    The state of Delaware has a long history going back to colonial times, so it can be invaluable to have a database of marriages dating from 1683 to 1894. Now that doesn't mean all recorded marriages are listed, many records lost over the decades. There does not appear to be many marriage listings for 1683-1700. However, FamilySearch.org has put toge...

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  • Library of Congress–American Memory

    Dec 19

    The American Memory is the digital collection portal for the Library of Congress. The website is to provided “free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativi...

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  • The History of the Monopoly Game

    Dec 19

    Monopoly is one of the most popular board games. The history behind the Monopoly game might surprise you. Elizabeth “Lizzie” J. Magie Phillips was the inventor of a game that eventually became the Monopoly game that we recognize today. Elizabeth “Lizzie” J. Magie Phillips became interested in the anti-monopolist theories of Henry George...

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  • Sonoma County Library has Genealogy Resources

    Dec 18

    The Sonoma County Library was formed in 1975 through a Joint Powers Agreement signed by the representatives of several cities and by the County of Sonoma. Today, this county-wide library system serves approximately 495,000 residents. The Sonoma County Library is known for their innovation and locally for their connection to their residents and co...

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  • Add ‘Bits and Pieces’

    Dec 17

    Working on your family and history can take many hours of research and work. Yet, doing just a few 'bits and pieces' of shorter research and collection can quickly expand your family tree. Here are a few ideas -- short activities, try to do at least one and see how much your can gather. Check the Federal and State Censuses for each ancestors and e...

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  • 23andMe Partners with (RED)

    Dec 16

    23andMe announced that it has partnered with (RED). This is the first time that 23andMe has done this. Purchase a limited edition 23andMe DNA kit – while supplies last. Some of the cost of the purchase will go to help fight AIDS. As you may know, 23andMe is a mission-driven company with big dreams of using data to revolutionize health, well...

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  • Alabama County Marriage Records 1809-1950

    Dec 15

    The southern state of Alabama has a long history. You may have had an ancestor who was married in one of the counties of Alabama between 1809 and 1950. That is a very long period from which at least an index was kept of marriage records. If your ancestor lived in any of the bordering states (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee) they could ...

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  • Tips for Discovering Biological Family with AncestryDNA

    Dec 15

    Ancestry has put together an informative blog post with tips for discovering biological family with AncestryDNA. Genealogists use DNA results to find relatives that they were unaware of. Genealogical mysteries are being solved thanks to consumer DNA tests like AncestryDNA. The five tips article was written by Jake Fletcher, an Associate Geneal...

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  • The First Genetic Map of Ireland has been Revealed

    Dec 14

    Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland that goes back to ancient times. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. The scientists involved in the study used four data sets of individuals with European ancestry: The Irish DNA Atlas, the Trinity Student Study dataset, the Peoples of the British Isles datase...

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  • MyHeritage Added New York Resources to SuperSearch

    Dec 13

    MyHeritage announced that it has added two collections to SuperSearch. Both of these collections are resources for genealogists who are looking for information about New York relatives and ancestors. MyHeritage explains: “The collections are valuable to everyone looking to discover new information about their ancestors, especially those with...

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  • Unusual Given Names of Ancestors

    Dec 13

    In developing your family tree have you come across some given names (first or middle names) in which you wonder where did that name come from? Here are some thoughts on how over the years some given names have come about. First, many given names (especially middle names for females) for a baby are a family surname, so that name is carried on. So ...

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  • Christmas Traditions from Around the World

    Dec 12

    The way your family celebrates Christmas is influenced by the traditions that have been handed down from one generation to the next. While there are some similarities, many countries celebrate Christmas in their own, unique, way. Italian-American families celebrate Christmas with The Feast of the Seven Fishes. It is a Christmas Eve meal that in...

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  • Mortuary Schedules for Illinois 1850-1880

    Dec 11

    Ancestors from Illinois or those who died there, there are Mortuary Schedules for the years 1850 to 1880. Coming from the online database of FamilySearch.org, available are name indexes and images of mortality schedules from Illinois,1850-1880. Mortality Schedules were created in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Census and listed people wh...

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  • Should You Share Dysfunctional Family History?

    Dec 11

    There are two kinds of family stories. One is the collection of warm and fuzzy memories that happened during summer vacations, holidays, and family dinners. The other group is the difficult memories that involve scary situations and possibly abuse. Should you share your dysfunctional family history with other family members? It depends. Is th...

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