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  • 100th Anniversaries

    Feb 19

    Whenever a hundredth anniversary of any historic event is approaching, that is the time to be a part of it to learn how an ancestor was part of it. An example is that 2018 in November, will mark the end of 'The Great War' (World War One) - 1914-1918. The United States entered the war in April 1917 and it truly affected individuals and families all ...

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  • OBITS – Database

    Feb 17

    Available online is a free listing and transcription of obituaries from around the United States. It is called OBITCITY. It developed from individuals sharing family and friends print obituaries and just grew from there. It is organized by state names and within each state the letter for a surname, such as 'A-H'. Click on the state the person migh...

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  • DNA Testing Might Affect Your Ability to Get Life Insurance

    Feb 17

    Genealogy and genetics have become entwined. A direct-to-consumer DNA test kit is among the most popular holiday gifts to give or receive. These tests often show you information about your heritage, and many can also provide you with some personalized health information. It turns out that some life insurance companies are looking at potential cust...

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  • Where to Find African American Genealogy Records Online

    Feb 15

    Looking for information about your African American ancestors? You could start with the 1870 population census. It is the first one that includes many African Americans by name. You can also use a variety of African American genealogy records that can be found online. FamilySearch African American Genealogy Records Most people seeking their A...

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  • FamilySearch Closed the Park City Family History Center

    Feb 14

    The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change in operations to the Park City Family Tree Center. It closed its doors for good on January 31, 2018. This is in addition to a changes made to some LDS Visitor's Centers. Park City is located East of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a historic mining town. The Park Cit...

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  • Can’t Miss These Hints

    Feb 13

    Even the most seasoned family researcher can overlook certain clues that can prove to be of great assistance. Here are a few of such often overlooked bits of information that lead to greater details about your family. 1. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note at the bottom the person's name on the document who provided the info...

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  • Favorite Foods of 1850 and 1900

    Feb 13

    A site titled 'Food Timeline' explains about the various 'pioneer' foods your ancestors may have had; breakfast, dinner, desserts and beverages, which also changes for the seasons. It can be some wonderful details to add to your family history. Some food items are very common and still consumed today but others are stranger and not seen on a dinne...

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  • Findmypast has an Australia Electoral Rolls Collection

    Feb 13

    Findmypast marked Australia Day 2017 with the release of a new Australian Electoral Register search experience. You can now explore them from a single screen, simplifying your search for Aussie ancestors. Electoral Rolls are Australia's census substitute and are an extremely useful genealogy tool for local, family, and social historians. You ...

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  • Tompkins County Public Library has Genealogy Resources

    Feb 12

    The Tompkins County Public Library is located in Ithaca, New York. The library strives to inspire and educate all members of the community during each stage of their lives, to be a place where people can experience the joy of reading, the power of information, and the strength of community connections. The Tompkins Public Library has genealogy re...

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  • FamilySearch Added New Records from Mexico

    Feb 11

    FamilySearch has made it easier for you to find your Mexican ancestors. FamilySearch has partnered with Ancestry.com to enable FamilySearch to add 65 million new records with more than 200 million searchable names. These records are available to the general public through FamilySearch centers and affiliate libraries worldwide. The records are also ...

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  • Andersonville Prison and Others of the Civil War

    Feb 11

    The site (free to use) of some of the Civil War prisoners is a searchable database of Union prisoners interned at Andersonville Prison (also known as Camp Sumter) and Cahaba Prison, as well as the Union prisoners on the Sultana streamboat. It is estimated that some 12,000 Union soldiers died while in the prison of Andersonville. You might have an ...

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  • Valentine and Other Vintage Postcards

    Feb 9

    Our ancestors used postcards like people today use email and Facebook to communicate with friends and family. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, those type of postcards were the most popular to exchange, send and give. Using the online site of 'Postcard Tree' has a vast collection of vintage postcards of all types and most with messages...

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  • 23andMe Launches the Global Genetics Project

    Feb 9

    23andMe is undertaking one of its most ambitious ancestry initiatives to date, the Global Genetics Project. This project was inspired by the success that 23andMe had with their African Genetics Project. 23andMe researchers modeled the Global Genetics Project using what they learned while doing the African Genetics Project (which launched in 2016...

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  • A Brief History of United States Immigration Policy

    Feb 8

    Genealogy research can lead you to information about your ancestors who immigrated to the United States. A brief history of United States immigration policy can provide you with a glimpse of what your ancestor's experience was like. The 1790 Naturalization Act was the first to specify who could become a citizen of the United States. It limited t...

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  • Illnesses of Long Ago

    Feb 7

    As is known, terms for certain items change over time. This is especially true for health and medical conditions. If you come across a listing of a illness / sickness an ancestor suffered from or one they died from, you will want to know what the present-day name is. There are some really strange names for illnesses or medical conditions known by ...

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