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  • Is it Smart to have a Genealogist on a Historical Society Board?

    Aug 27

    Historical society boards make decisions that affect the lives of the local community of family historians. Although family history and genealogy are different from each other, it is a smart to have a genealogist on a historical society board. A Genealogist Can Help Your Society Evolve Many historical societies were formed in the early 19th ...

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  • Sanford Maps – Library of Congress

    Aug 27

    What a great aid the Sanford Fire Insurance Maps can be in doing your family history research. The U. S. Library of Congress has these maps in digital format and are searchable. Currently there are over 25,000 sheets from over 3000 city sets online in the following states: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI,...

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  • Immigrants to American Shores

    Aug 25

    We all have some immigrants who came from a family homeland in another country to resettle in America. The online database with FamilySearch.org has even more records added to the collection of passengers arriving in New York between 1820 and 1950s. Keep in mind there would also be travelers, born American citizens who would have traveled by ships ...

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  • Family Lineage Names

    Aug 23

    Most people enjoying doing their family history and genealogy to especially see how far back they can trace their ancestors. One aspect that helps in identifying ancestors are names – given and surnames. Many children are named for a relative so that name can be carried on for generations. The same is true of naming a child with a family surname...

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  • Newspaper Research Resources

    Aug 23

    Newspapers can hold a wealth of information for genealogists. It is possible to find obituaries, birth announcements, wedding announcements and perhaps articles about your relatives and ancestors. There are plenty of newspaper research online resources for genealogists to explore. Newspaper Archive: The Newspaper Archive has United States newspa...

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  • Safety of Women Online

    Aug 21

    Using the Internet and social media has been a great boom to researching our ancestors over the last 20 years. Yet, there also has developed problems. One's personal passwords getting hacked, private images being leaked online, sensitive data compromised, data being held captive for ransom, are just some of the new problems. So continue with using...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Recent Additions to the Ancestry.com Databases

    Aug 17

    You may or may not have used Ancestry.com (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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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