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  • Ordinary Mistakes to Avoid

    Apr 17

    There is so much to be careful of when doing the research and then compiling your findings on your ancestral tree. Here are a a few examples of ordinary errors to avoid. At first, you might think you have found a surname spelling mistake. Instead, it is more likely Alternate Spellings for given and surnames. Over a generation or moving to another ...

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  • Ideas to Stimulate Writing Your Life Story

    Apr 15

    Doing your ancestors' family tree and their stories are fascinating. Yet you should also take a bit of time to get your own life story started for future generations. Wouldn't you have loved such a document from your great grandfather – his life, trials, hardships, joys, interests, and achievements? Take that time to write out some of your own l...

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  • How Did the Wrong Family Info Get There?

    Apr 13

    You may think you have everything correct as far as names, places, and dates for all the individuals on your family tree, including the extended families … but there could be some wrong information there or every individual who does not belong to your family tree. So how does that happen? First, did you inherited a family tree or information fro...

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  • MyHeritage Improved their One-To-Many Chromosome Browser

    Apr 12

    MyHeritage has implemented improvements to their recently released One-to-Many Chromosome Browser. These changes were made because users requested them. Three new additions make it easier to use the Chromosome Browser pages and provide additional information about your DNA Matches. The first improvement allows you to easily reference your compa...

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  • Access to New York City Vital Records Could be Restricted

    Apr 11

    The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) wants to bring awareness to an amendment that could restrict your access to New York City vital records. They ask that genealogists sign a petition and register an official comment online about the amendment. The NYG&B describes the situation this way: “In 2017, the New York Ci...

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  • Archives for Photos

    Apr 11

    You might not have thought you could find photos of family members in a state's, or county's archives but it is possible. First, see what archives for a state, region or county are available. Whenever visiting any size archive (this includes Museums), always ask about their Photograph Collection. The archivist may first give you an index to look th...

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  • Collections of Church Records at Ancestry.com

    Apr 10

    Ancestry.com frequently updates their existing record collections. The best way to find what's new is to check out the Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry page. Ancestry recently updated and added church record collections. Evangelical Records – new collections The records in this collection consist of administrative records f...

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  • Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

    Apr 9

    We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for work, such as salesmen or workers for a railroa...

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  • 23andMe Adds FHI Carrier Status Report

    Apr 9

    23andMe announced that they have added a new Carrier Status report on a serious, but rare, condition that can lead to excessive insulin production. The condition is called familial hyperinsulinism. 23AndMe users can now discover if they are a carrier of the gene that causes this rare condition. Familial hyperinsulinism is a disease where there ...

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  • Locating Obituaries for Female Relatives

    Apr 7

    Because of maiden names, and what could be numerous married names, it can be difficult to locate an obituary on a female relative. The following are some suggestions to help in the search. A common practice in more recent years is for families to place a free obituary write-up with the funeral home online rather than a paid newspaper obituary. So ...

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  • A Brief History of Civil Rights Laws in the United States

    Apr 5

    The civil rights movement in the United States was a struggle for social justice that took place during the 1950s and 1960s. The goal was equality for black people. Here is a brief history of Civil Rights laws in the United States. 1868 – The 14th Amendment granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States – includi...

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  • List of Pastors and Ministers

    Apr 5

    What a great resource, a listing and information of pastors and ministers in the United States over the decades. With presently a listing online of 92,104 individuals, there are many to investigate. Not all pastors and ministers listed but quite a few for sure. The listing starts in letter order by surnames, but you can also do a search using spec...

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  • The Controversial Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

    Apr 4

    The United States Census holds important information that genealogists can use to learn more about their ancestors. Over the years, the questions on the census have changed. Things were added, altered, or updated. In March of 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the 2020 census would have a citizenship question. Some feel that this ...

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  • Your Ancestors Might have Married their Cousins

    Apr 3

    There was a time when it was considered normal (perhaps even preferable) for a person to marry his or her cousin. Over time, it became less socially acceptable to view one's cousins as a potential spouse. It is possible that one of your ancestors married his or her cousin. Before the Industrial Revolution, people tended to live near their relat...

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  • UK: Erskine, for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers

    Apr 3

    Any British, Irish or Scottish soldiers from World War I and beyond, that might have been injured and would have needed an amputation could have been treated at the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers (now known as Erskine). Online now is the admission's register, covering the period from 1916 -1936, which shows the patients ...

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