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  • National Aviation Week: Aug. 15-21

    Aug 17

    Imagine ... many of your ancestors never flew in an airplane. It was not until 1903 that any real type of plane was flown, in this case by the Wright Brothers. So in recognition of National Aviation Week, which is from August 15-21, here is the opportunity to see if your ancestors were involved somehow in the aviation industry. Looking first at on...

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  • Illinois Talking Book and Braille Service has Genealogy Resources

    Aug 17

    The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. TBBS has genealogy resources. The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State website says that Re...

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  • What Can Census Records Say About Your Family?

    Aug 16

    Census records are important for many reasons. Genealogists were super excited when the 1940 census data was released because of the potential that it contained information they needed (and had no way to access before that release). There are many things that census records can say about your family. The National Archives points out that censu...

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  • Passports of Family Information

    Aug 15

    If you have not attempted searching for an ancestor using the U.S. Passport Applications, you have missed an opportunity. No guarantee any of your ancestors ever filled out and submitted a passport application, but you never know until you check. Even if you think an ancestor never left the country, they still might have completed a passport applic...

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  • Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer

    Aug 14

    The Smithsonian Transcription Center is seeking volunteers to help them make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. You can join with 9,006 volunteers to add more to the total 313,177 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, and biodiversity specimens labels that have ...

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  • Who Was Left-Handed in the Family?

    Aug 13

    It was once thought of as a disgrace to be left-handed. Your parents would have forced you instead to do everything with the right hand. Things have changed. Those left-handed are also known as 'southpaws', about 10% of the population. Instead, everything is for those who are right-handed, it can be hard for the others. Look at scissors, made for ...

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  • National Aviation Week: Aug. 15-21

    Aug 13

    Imagine ... many of your ancestors never flew in an airplane. It was not until 1903 that any real type of plane was flown, in this case by the Wright Brothers. So in recognition of National Aviation Week, which is from August 15-21, here is the opportunity to see if your ancestors were involved somehow in the aviation industry. Looking first at on...

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  • Make a Genealogy Bucket List

    Aug 11

    A bucket list is a list of things that a person has not done but wants to do before dying. The title of list connects to the phrase "kick the bucket" which, in general, means “to die”. Some people adapt this concept and make a bucket list of things to do before graduating, or things to do on a vacation. You could make a bucket list about thi...

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  • Middle Child Day – Aug. 12th

    Aug 11

    So how many of you are a 'middle child' in the family? How about your mother or father, were they a middle child. There is scientific research on one's birth order having an effect on that person. August 12th has been recognized as a special day of the year for the middle child. Middle children are often overlooked in a family. They are not the fi...

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  • National Book Lovers Day

    Aug 10

    National Book Lovers Day takes place on August 9th, but those who love to read celebrate it every day. It is a day that encourages people to spend some time reading. Bestselling books tend to have an influence on people. Here is a quick look at books that were the most popular in a specific year. Your ancestors or relatives may have read some...

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  • Start the Family History

    Aug 9

    You have been promising yourself you will start on your family history ... but when?? You might already have the genealogy - family tree in good shape with many branches and going back several generations, but what about the family history itself. Here are some ideas to give you the inspiration to start the family history now. Start with special ...

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  • When Should You Hire a Professional Genealogist?

    Aug 9

    Have you run into the infamous “brick wall”? It is common for genealogists to put their best effort into researching their ancestors and come up empty handed despite their hard work. This situation can be frustrating, and when people are “stuck” they tend to seek help. When should you hire a professional genealogist to help you? When ...

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  • MyHeritage Surpassed 8 Billion Records on SuperSearch

    Aug 8

    MyHeritage announced that they had surpassed 8 billion records on SuperSearch. That's a lot of records! MyHeritage shared insights on how they count records and where to find those records. It is not easy to grasp how big a number like 8 billion is. MyHeritage explains it this way: “How big is the number 8 billion? 8 billion seconds is 2,222,2...

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  • Lighthouse Day

    Aug 7

    You might  not have realized it, but lighthouses have a very long history and are not located just along a coastline but on islands and at very large lakes such as the Great Lakes. Because they have always been important for safe navigation for boats and ships, you may have had an ancestor or two connected to a lighthouse. Some of the occupations...

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  • FamilyTree.com in Feedspot’s List of Top 25 Family Tree Websites

    Aug 7

    Feedspot put together a list of the “Top 25 Family Tree Websites and Blogs for Family Tree Makers & Researchers.” FamilyTree.com is honored not only to have made the list, but also to be placed within the top three. Feedspot is an RSS feed reader. It functions similarly to how Feedly does (and how Google Reader used to before it was di...

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