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  • Wear a Mask – Then and Now

    Jul 9

    In 1918, the world was fighting against an influenza pandemic. There are similarities between how people coped with the 1918 influenza pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic that started almost 100 years later in 2019. In both pandemics, people wore masks to protect themselves – and others – from the spread of the virus. In 1918, the Ameri...

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  • FamilySearch Made Reopening Plans for Libraries and Centers

    Jul 7

    In April of 2020, FamilySearch made the decision to temporarily close its Family History Libraries and Centers. The reason was due to the COVID-19 virus. In June of 2020, FamilySearch has started making reopening plans for the FamilySearch Libraries and Centers that had been closed. FamilySearch is following the lead of The Church of Jesu...

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  • Oldest Surnames

    Jul 7

    The family surname or also called the 'family name' or 'last name' is very important as you do your family research. It is the keyword or phrase as you begin because it is what ties a family together. Not that you won't have many surnames on that family tree due to female's maiden name and marriages. What can add a twist in doing the resear...

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  • 1st Female, Black Home & Property Owner

    Jul 5

    In 1670, Zipporah Potter Atkins, as a free black woman, took the remarkable step of purchasing a home and the land it sat on in Boston's North End neighborhood, yes in colonial Boston in the 1600s – a woman who was black. Atkins' purchase was remarkable for many reasons - not the least of which was that by buying the house, Atkins (her m...

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  • A Free Book

    Jul 3

    Nathan Dylan Goodwin, a native of England, is a writer of genealogical novels and non-fiction who can place a fascinating spin on family history research. He has several different novella-length and short-story length books along with special genealogical crime mysteries. Goodwin is making available to the public, his genealogical crime my...

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  • Ancestry Released Update on their COVID-19 Study

    Jul 2

    Ancestry has released information about their COVID-19 study in a blog post written by EVP of Health and DNA at Ancestry, Ron Park, MD. He reminds us that Ancestry's COVID-19 Study was launched to look for genetic clues on how individuals respond to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Ancestry is grateful to the nearly 600,000 peo...

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  • Sleeping Over Strung Out Rope

    Jul 1

    As strange as that may sound, that was a method many homeless people had to get inside a shelter, have some food and a place to sleep. In London, England in late 1800s, the poor used to pay a penny to sleep over ropes strung out if they couldn't afford a box bed. It was considered the lowest form of accommodations. People bend over a rope f...

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  • Any Acquired Witches in the Family?

    Jun 29

    The famed witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts colony, lasted between February 1692 and May 1693. Nearly 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, including the homeless, the elderly, and even a four-year-old girl. (Dorothy Good) who was arrested but never on trial or harmed. The majority were jailed, and some were hanged. But none of ...

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  • UK Census of the Homeless

    Jun 27

    Not many have known of this unusual census taken by the UK police of the homeless in the United Kingdom in 1911. The 1911 census for England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday, April 2, 1911. The count included all individual households, plus institutions such as prisons, workhouses, naval vessels and merchant vessels. The UK census also ...

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  • Researching Union and Confederate Graves

    Jun 25

    As you have done your family history and tree, you may have located individuals that you for sure served in the US Union Army or Navy or with the US Confederacy Army or Navy. There may be some you are not sure if they with either side during the American Civil War 1861-1865. One method to learn more is to check if on their headstone there is...

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  • Include About Yourself

    Jun 23

    Researching about your ancestors can be a challenging and rewarding activity, one that will benefit living relatives today and future descendants. I have an example in my own family lineage, an ancestor who in the early 1880s, sent hand-written letters to all the relatives he could locate to provide him with information for the family tree ...

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  • ACPL Genealogy Center Wants Stories of “Helpers”

    Jun 23

    The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center (ACPL) is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Like many other libraries, they are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACPL is asking the public to help them share stories of “helpers” during the coronavirus pandemic. Director of Community Engagement for the Allen County Public Library,...

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  • Ancestors’ Signatures

    Jun 21

    Just like famous celebrities' signatures can be worth a good deal of money, to you and your family your ancestor's handwritten signature can be just as valuable. Of course, the famous Babe Ruth's signature depending on condition, date and what it was written on (baseball, card, photo) can have a value of a couple hundred to several thousand...

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  • Were Our Ancestors Truthful?

    Jun 19

    We have all come across an official document and from other sources, find a totally different bit of information on an ancestor that does not match. It makes you wonder if an ancestor lied at that time period for some reason. Now many of the differences you might find on a record or document can be explained as the official writing the...

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  • How COVID-19 Changed Libraries

    Jun 18

    The way things were before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the changes made after the virus started spreading, have led to many changes. Here are just a few examples of how COVID-19 changed libraries. The Library of Congress announced that all of its buildings and facilities will be closed to the public as of March 12, 2020. All library programs...

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