19th century

  • 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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  • Utah Newspapers

    Jun 9

    Having newspapers that cover hometown news, events, families and individuals is a treasure chest for information. The University of Utah has placed online a long list of local newspapers; titled the 'Utah Digital Newspapers' from across Utah covering many different time frames. They have them from all the state's counties with some dating back to ...

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  • Photos – You Didn’t Think to Look Here??

    May 23

    Photographic images of our ancestors are priceless. They really provide some insight to the relative, not just a name and date. Seeing how they dressed, if they were holding any special object such as book, who else was in the photo, whether it was taken in a studio or outside their home or business ... all which gives a little more details about t...

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  • Maps at the Library of Congress

    May 15

    Over 15,405 maps to view in the Library of Congress collection. Everything from farm maps, city maps, individual owner land maps to battlefield maps are in this national collection. With all of them scanned as digital images, they can be enlarged to see the details and also saved to your computer or printed. Start at the top and there is a search ...

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  • Dawes Rolls – Native Indian Records

    May 13

    The Dawes Act, also known as the General Allotment Act, became law on February 8, 1887. It gave authorization to the President of the United States to survey Native American lands for allotment to individuals. The Dawes Act's purpose was to stimulate assimilation of Indians into American society ... make them 'Americanized' inspite of the Native In...

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