20th century

  • Philly – What a City !

    Mar 4

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known as Philly has a long history dating back to the colonial period. So there well can be many of your ancestors who lived and worked in and around the city of Philadelphia. It was also a major entrance for immigrates first arriving in America. The Philadelphia City Archive has one of the country's largest municipal...

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  • Illinois State Records and Chicago

    Nov 24

    If you have ancestors from Illinois, the state archives have placed indexes of many of their records and collections online for searching by the public. The variety of departments is enormous. Some of the materials are from police, mining, banks, Civil War rosters, schools, Illinois Centennial, state legislative, World War I and II, veterans and o...

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  • Railroad Records

    Sep 24

    America's railroad systems have crisscrossed the country for decades. Yet the most important element have been the people who built the railroads, maintained them, the engineers, the conductors and many more who saw the everyday operations kept on schedule. In your family research you just might come across an ancestor who work with the railroad sy...

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  • Cadet Nursing Corps

    May 29

    After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, everyone on the home front within the United States wanted to know how they could help. More than likely it was your own grandparents, great grandparents, an uncle or aunt who did they part in the war effort.  Many young men joined the military service as did many women signing up for the WAC (Wom...

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  • 1940 Census Day Has Arrived

    Apr 2

    The time has arrived, what every family history researcher has been waiting for -- the April 1940 U. S. Federal Census, available today at 9 a.m.  Of course that does not mean you can click on any database now to find your ancestors in 1940. View this short 3 minute video supplied by the National Census Archives, holders of the census, to bette...

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  • Early 20th Century Death Certificates of Utah

    Feb 23

    A most important vital record is the official death certificate issued by a state where an individual died. The person may not have lived in that state any length of time, but if they did die for whatever reason with a state’s border, the certificate of death would be issued. However, an obituary in a newspaper could be from another location, the...

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  • Dayton, Ohio in Focus

    Jan 14

    Photos can ‘speak’ volumes about our ancestors and their lives long before we knew them. You might not have a family collection of images but those with relatives from Dayton, Ohio can find a nice collection of photos online at the Dayton History at the Archive Center.  Of course there won’t be photos from the area taken in 1810, but in gene...

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