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  • Reminder – WDYTYA

    Feb 2

    Friday evening - Feb. 3rd, at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time on NBC prime-time network the third season of WDYTYA - 'Who Do You Think You Are?'  begins.  The hour -long program will be each Friday night. The first show will have actor, Martin Sheen.  His family background comprises Irish and Spanish heritage.  He was born in Ohio in 1940 and nam...

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  • Google Alerts and Reader

    Jan 30

    With so much digital information available these days we have to stay organized or we could miss out on some new and worthwhile information. The Google search engine offers Google Alerts, an efficient method of being reminded when a topic, a surname, an article, a keyword of interest becomes available on the Internet. Instead of you taking time onc...

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  • Finding Headstones Far Away

    Jan 28

    The number of cemeteries across the United States is enormous; even for such a young nation. When you add in world-wide the cemeteries still in existence, there are millions of graves everywhere, all which represent our ancestors. There are many volunteers who have taken the time to visit cemeteries in their locality, photograph the headstones o...

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  • Polish-American Ancestors in World War One

    Jan 8

    There can be numerous unknown events our ancestors were part of that can only be learned with a little additional research. One fact is that many Americans wanted to fight in Europe beginning in 1914 during the Great War (World War One) because that was their native homeland.  Only problem was that the United States did not enter the war until Apr...

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  • A Potpourri of Genealogical Data

    Dec 29

    It is nice to come across an online site that has a large selection of sources and information for the family researcher.  Since 2006 there has been such a site titled Genealogy Trails which has compiled genealogical information from numerous sources. What makes this so amazing is that the collection of transcribed names, families, dates, facts, t...

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  • Finished Researching Your Family?

    Dec 10

    You have spent months or maybe even years researching and gathering anything and everything you can on your family ancestors.  Most of the photos you have gathered are labeled; the documents are sorted and placed in organized files for easy reference. You have managed to keep an accurate and up-to-date pedigree chart with names and information on ...

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  • The ‘Forgotten’ Ancestors in Hospitals and Asylums

    Nov 16

    Today there are so many organizations and medical faculties to help treat and care for individuals with special needs; such as those afflicted with mental disorders, dementia or handicaps. However, that was not the case for most of America’s history. Families generally kept a relative in their home, rarely going outside, keeping them isolated fro...

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  • History and Your Ancestors from Tennessee

    Nov 14

    An amazing online site titled; ‘Tennessee Virtual Archive’   has a superb series of collections which span the 19th and 20th century history, people, events and culture of Tennessee. This region dates back to the 18th century when it was part of North Carolina and even the short-lived State of Franklin which would ultimately become part of th...

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  • “The Descendants” – the Movie

    Nov 13

    At first glance you might think such a movie title is just perfect for anyone interested in family history.  Even though it is set in contemporary times it does offer some similar complex events faced by many of our ancestors or ourselves in parallel situations. True, this is a Hollywood movie starring George Clooney, but it is a family story o...

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  • A Family’s Unknown Tale from a Document

    Nov 2

    Never think there is by no means nothing new that can be learned about our ancestors, they can literally be full of surprises. Bits and pieces about events can spring toward in the most unusual places.  With the 21st century Internet technology, finding some of those previously unknown occurrences can become easier. A recent example was an 8 ½...

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