America

  • Collections of U.S. Historic Photos

    Nov 7

    There is a saying: "A photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors." Never were there truer words. Many of us would given anything to have some image of a grandmother, great uncle, etc., but don't give up -- many people have located images of ancestors they never knew existed. Yes, there will be some that were never taken, so of course don't ...

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  • Old Phone Books

    Nov 5

    When searching for cousins, great aunts, or grandparents, it can be very helpful to find an address of where they did or presently live. The online site titled 'Old Phone Book' can take you back 20 years to 1994 and allows you to search across the United States for individuals who were listed in a phone book. Keep in mind the family or person you ...

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  • NC Confederate Pensions

    Nov 3

    Being able to view pension records for ancestors who served in the military can prove to be very enlightening. Just as important, filled with information, can be widows' pension applications. The North Carolina archives have the Confederate Pension records available online with the '1901 Confederate Pension Applications'. The law was passed in N...

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  • Pronounce That !

    Nov 1

    So many family surnames, it can be headache to keep them all straight. It could be even more difficult to pronounce the name correctly. Using the online site 'Hear Names', you can hear the pronunciation for most surnames and given names. Not only can you hear a name spoken in English, but you even have it said in another language. There are seve...

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  • Scary Surnames & Halloween

    Oct 31

    There have been and still remain some unique surnames and given names throughout our history, and each one tells a great story. Maybe some of the most unparalleled ones are those that can be associated with Halloween. Of course the name may not have started out that way, but through traditions, it relates to something scary with Halloween. Here ...

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  • Familypedia

    Oct 29

    Just like having an encyclopedia on family ancestors, the online site of Familypedia, is a web site with 167,770 online articles about deceased individuals plus another 277,546 genealogy-related pages and growing! People are encouraged to create a new web page for any individual at any time. The best is that any user can also edit each existing ...

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  • Madison Co., Ill – Immigration & Naturalization Documents, 1850-1959

    Oct 27

    This database is searchable by names of individuals, alias names, spouse or child names, specific years and type of documents for Madison County, Illinois. All together there are 122 volumes. This is an important collection because the full documents cover over the general St. Louis area, right at the Missouri/Illinois state line. The details in...

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  • Land Records on Ancestry.com

    Oct 25

    There might be one of your ancestors that appears in the U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796–1907 database on Ancestry.com. One this fee-based site, there are about 2.2 million land patents (applications for land - homesteading). Most do cover the 19th century (1800s) when the majority of land paid with cash or homesteaded property was acquire...

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  • Soldiers – Civil War Graves

    Oct 21

    The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) now has created its National Grave Registration Database Project. It is a searchable database available online and is free for everyone to use. Individuals can also submit information on Civil War ancestors. They didn't need to die during the war, so long as a veteran of the Civil War - Union or C...

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  • California Court Records

    Oct 19

    You may not have thought of checking about your ancestors using county court record, but it could prove to be a good resource. Court records can deal with criminal and civil cases and including probate court. A good deal could be learned on relatives and properties of an ancestor this way. A good place to start is the online site 'California Cou...

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