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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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  • MyHeritage Added New Features to its Mobile App

    Apr 2

    MyHeritage announced that they added two new features to their MyHeritage mobile app. These features were designed to improve user's family history research. The MyHeritage mobile app is available for free on iOS and Android and it works great on smartphones and tablets.The mobile app allows you to capture and share family photos and memories r...

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  • School Yearbooks

    Apr 1

    Yes, one of those resources many times overlooked by researchers. Now if there was one or two yearbooks in the family held onto by relatives, you are in luck. Do ask various family members. But you might not have access to your father's yearbook or your grandmother's yearbook. Imagine locating a nice portrait of your grandmother when she was age 19...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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  • The Family Theme

    Mar 29

    It may not have occurred to you but your family lineage may have some type of theme over the decades. Example: your ancestors may have moved every generation to a new frontier area trying to better their life style. Those of course can be the hardest family tree group to trace and keep track of where they lived. Then the family theme of those who ...

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  • Digital Genealogical Documents

    Mar 27

    Not everything is found in hard copy / print form now-a-days. Any online databases will have the record / document or photo in digital format. So what for sure should be done with such digital images? First, you need to SAVE (download) that document to your computer / tablet or smartphone. Then rename the document when it is saved so it can be loc...

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  • Round Rock Public Library has Genealogy Resources

    Mar 27

    Round Rock Public Library is located in Round Rock, Texas. The library proudly serves its dynamic and growing community by providing high quality resources, services and programs. Round Rock Public Library has genealogy resources. The Round Rock Public Library's genealogy collection is comprised of library-owned materials and the collection of t...

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  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day

    Mar 26

    March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It is a day to honor the men and women who served and sacrificed during the longest conflict in United States history. Some of your relatives might have been involved in the Vietnam conflict, or in the anti-war demonstrations. The Vietnam War and active United States involvement in it began in 1954....

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  • Unusual and Overlooked Aspects of Ancestors’ Lives

    Mar 25

    Some life events that our ancestors faced from the 18th and 19th century and well into the 20th century people have forgotten about. Here are a few to examine and see if was a factor in the lives of your ancestors. More than likely it was important. Starting with females, they were treated as second-class citizens in many locations. Even if they d...

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  • FamilySearch has Collections of Catholic Records

    Mar 23

    In March of 2018, FamilySearch added records to existing collections of Catholic church records. The information in those records could be useful for genealogists who have Catholic ancestors. Check the FamilySearch News Release to find the most recently updated or added record collections. Columbia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 This colle...

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  • What is Needed in a Family History Book / File?

    Mar 23

    As you research and gather info on ancestors, you do eventually want to create a full family history book or a complete file, whether in print or in digital format. Yet, what is contained in a family history book or file? Here are some suggestions. You don't need all but having as many as possible does enrich the family history for future generati...

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  • Ancestry.com has Collections of Catholic Records

    Mar 22

    Ancestry.com has several collections of Roman Catholic records. They add new collections when they can, and they update them when they obtain additional records. Here is a quick look at some of the Ancestry.com collections that may be useful for genealogists who have Catholic ancestors. Colorado, Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs Sacram...

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  • 23andMe Has FDA Approval for Genetic Test for Breast Cancer

    Mar 21

    23andMe has received the first ever Food and Drug Administration approval for a direct-to-consumer genetic test for cancer risk for its BRCA1/BRCA2 (Selected Variants) report. This is a major milestone in consumer health empowerment. The 23andMe genetic test for cancer risk for BRCA1/BRCA2 (Selected Variants) report covers three variants in the ...

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  • Souvenir Books

    Mar 21

    It is so helpful to locate postcards and vintage photos of the family hometowns, especially those covering the years our ancestors lived there. There might even be scenes from the streets or neighborhoods and businesses connected with your ancestors. Here is another overlooked resource that provides similar images .. a 'Souvenir Book'. This concep...

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