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  • Vintage Cartoons & Caricatures

    Nov 29

    Before photos were used in our ancestors' newspapers and magazines, to have any type of an idea of what a person or event looked like, these print items were dependent on artists. Many of the drawings were very detailed, just as good as a photo and others were more light-hearted drawings. Political cartoons were also very popular. Many of these t...

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  • Recently Added at Ancestry.com – November 2016

    Nov 27

    Every month, Ancestry.com adds brand new information to its resources. They also make it clear which of their resources had been recently updated. The easiest way to keep up with what's new is to view the Recently Added Collections list at Ancestry.com. The default setting of the Recently Added Collections list is the United States (for United...

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  • Midwest Genealogy Center Offers December Activities

    Nov 26

    The Midwest Genealogy Center is located in Independence, Missouri. It is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, which is the largest library system in the metropolitan area in Missouri. The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering December activities for genealogists and family historians. The activities are free. Registration is required. Vi...

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  • Getting Names Correct

    Nov 25

    One of the most important aspects of your family tree is your ancestors' names (first, middle, surname and female maiden names). Everyone sees various name spellings and even totally different names for certain individuals while doing research. So what you need to do to help ensure you have names correct are the following ideas. Be as complete in ...

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  • 23andMe Updated Paternal Haplogroup Assignments

    Nov 25

    23andMe has updated their haplogroup tree. The changes reflect the work of the International Genealogy Society of Genetic Genealogy. 23andMe is introducing yHaplo, their new open-source software for researchers. A haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on the patrilineal or matrilineal line. Haplogroups ar...

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  • The History of the Telephone

    Nov 24

    Today, people make their phone calls on a smartphone. Your older relatives didn't have smartphones when they were growing up. The history of the telephone shows that it has undergone many changes since it was first created. Each incarnation was used slightly differently. On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his revolutio...

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  • Heirlooms Reunited

    Nov 23

    You may not have in your possession some of your family's heirlooms, but someone might. Of course, check with all your relatives (aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc) and share with them what you have. However, beyond your own family, some heirlooms might be held by people not related. The online site of 'Heirlooms Reunited' tries to match up those ...

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  • Farifax County Public Library has Genealogy Resources

    Nov 23

    The City of Farifax Regional Library opened its doors on January 26, 2008, as Farifax County Public Library's first truly urban library. It is located in Farifax, Virginia. They have a wealth of genealogy resources in their Virginia Room. The Farifax County Public Library's Virginia Room maintains a collection rich in regional history and ge...

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  • Genealogy Workshops at National Archives – December 2016

    Nov 22

    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. There are several genealogy workshops planned at National Archives facilities in December of 2016. These workshops will eventually be placed on the U.S. National Archives YouTube Channel. Each video has the date it was posted and the title. At a glance, you...

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  • RootsTech 2017 RootsTech Pass Sessions – February 8

    Nov 21

    RootsTech 2017 will take place on February 8-11. There are a series of Sessions that will be available each day. The type of Pass you buy determines what Sessions you will be able to access. Keep in mind that these Sessions/Labs are subject to change. Those who purchase the RootsTech Pass can access the following Sessions on February 8, 2017. St...

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  • Cue the Story

    Nov 21

    Sometimes it is hard to know where to start getting a relative to recall their life adventures. It doesn't have to be climbing a mountain or running for political office, it can be everyday activities -- especially those long forgotten. Here are a few cues to spark a recollection. These cues will work for you also, be sure to include any of your re...

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  • RootsTech 2017 Innovator Pass Sessions – February 8

    Nov 20

    RootsTech 2017 will take place starting on February 8-11, 2017. There are a series of Sessions that will be available each day. The type of Pass you purchase determines what Sessions you will be able to access. Keep in mind that these Sessions/Labs are subject to change. Those who buy the Innovator Summit Pass can access: * 9:00 a.m. Innovato...

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  • 1917 – Hotel Red Book and Directory

    Nov 19

    Did your family own or manage a hotel, even a small one in a small town? Many people stayed in a hotel, when visiting another town for business or visiting family, this was before motels became popular. The Pullman Company published what was titled "The Hotel Red Book and Directory" especially in the early 20th century. Here were advertisements an...

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  • The History of Checkers

    Nov 18

    Checkers is an easy to learn board game that many people played when they were children. The game has been around for longer than you might think. There have been some changes to the rules as time went on. Checkers is also called English draughts (pronounced “drafts”), American checkers, or straight checkers. There is also a French versio...

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  • Funeral Traditions of Your Ancestors

    Nov 17

    When trying to better understand your ancestors' lives and events that affected them, one aspect that needs to be covered are the times when an ancestor attended a friend's or family member's funeral. These were once common practice and many have been dropped over the decades. Here are a few of the traditional funeral practices: Putting flowers ...

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