19th century

  • Where Did Your Ancestors Arrive??

    Aug 21

    Ports of Entry into the United States have existed for decades. However, it has not always been solely Ellis Island in New York as many people may have believed. So as you search for where and when your ancestors arrived in American, do not concentrate solely on Ellis or even New York. Ellis Island did not open until January 1, 1892, so if you hav...

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  • Then and Now Civil War Photos of Locations

    Aug 15

    David Levene spent time in 2015 going to many of the scenes of battles, places of death and buildings where events occurred during the American Civil War between 1861 and 1865. Those are actual locations but it was very interesting how Levene took the classic photos he gathered of over 150 years ago and photographed the places now. Comparing the ...

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  • City of London Over the Years

    Aug 9

    Collage is one of London’s finest picture archives managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), it provides free online access to over 250,000 images of London, England from the collections at LMA and Guildhall Art Gallery. These 250,000 photographs, prints and drawings as well as over 1,000 maps from the collections at LMA are available to vie...

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  • Database for Union Army Grave Sites

    Aug 1

    Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has an online site of burial locations of veterans of the Union Army from the American Civil War that covers across the nation and is searchable. It even has the listings for burial sites for Union veterans buried overseas. There are 96 civil war veterans buried in Australia, plus the other nations with forme...

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  • Passport Applications

    Jul 27

    Getting a digital or print copy of an ancestor's passport application can provide some great information. Of course, not all individuals got a passport during their lifetime, only if they were traveling from USA to a foreign country. So unless you know for sure a relative never traveled overseas, you do need to check if there was an application for...

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  • Nebraska Sources

    Jul 21

    The state of Nebraska was the territory area where many settlers from the eastern coast of the United States and from foreign lands came in the 1800s to start a new life. You may have had ancestors who were part of the wagon trains of adventurers headed for the territory in the late 1840s or came after it was officially a state in 1867. Homesteader...

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  • Beyond Population Censuses

    Jul 9

    Researchers may only be thinking in terms of US Federal Censuses showing populations, our ancestors in a location, a household, their age, place of birth, occupations etc., every ten years. Well, the Federal Government has collected information on other topics. At the National Archives site is the full listing of other sources. For example, there ...

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  • Decode Civil War Military Telegrams

    Jun 29

    Yes, what an opportunity! The project is by the National Archives, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Papers of Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; North Carolina State University to digitize and transcribe the Union Army telegrams from The Thomas T. Eckert Papers. Such an undertaking...

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  • No More — Occupations of 19th Century Ancestors

    Jun 21

    It can be fascinating to research especially using census records, obituaries, and city directories, the occupations of our ancestors. As you do the one ancestors working during the 1800s (19th century) it can actually be a challenge figuring out what type of job they were doing. There were regular necessary occupations that are no longer done by a...

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  • Michigan Marriages 1822 – 1995

    Jun 11

    It is a great to have a large database to search. This is always true for information provided by FamilySearch.org. If you have had any relatives in Michigan, you will want to check this large index of marriages in Michigan covering 1822 to 1995, some 173 years. It is a digital index of marriages, not scanned images of the marriage certificates. ...

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