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  • Cousins, ETC

    Feb 21

    As you work on your family tree, you know it covers your direct lineage. However, there are aunts-uncles and especially cousins to consider. Using this chart done by Alice J. Ramsey in 1987 might help make it clearer of who would be a cousin, or a 2nd cousin or a 3rd cousin twice removed. Again always start with yourself, then a parent, and next t...

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  • Database of Nazi SS Commanders and Guards

    Feb 17

    The names of Nazi SS commanders and guards at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland have been put online by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance (INR). The information is based on data from archives in Poland, Germany, Austria, the United States. There are about 9,680 names, nearly all German, on the Auschwitz garrison list, some...

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  • Research with YouTube

    Feb 15

    Here is an idea most people don't think of to locate little-known information about a family ancestor or hometown. Using the online YouTube you might discover a series of photos or better yet a video placed on YouTube that you didn't know existed. It could be the historical district of a hometown, it might have about certain businesses and their o...

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  • Find Extra Documents with FamilySearch

    Feb 13

    FamilySearch.org has massive files done by volunteers to index censuses, draft cards, death certificates, and other similar records that were made on pre-printed forms because the information contained in them is consistent and standardized. Those are the easy records to make available for your researching of an ancestor. What can be difficult are...

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  • Pennsylvanian Civil Marriages 1677 – 1950

    Feb 9

    This state was part of the original 13 American / British colonies and has a very long history. Many different ethnic groups eventually settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. Even after it was a state, it was home to millions of people, many may have been your ancestors. FamilySearch.org site (free to use) has 1.1 million images covering 1677 to 1...

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  • Advance Search on Google

    Feb 5

    Using the search engine of Google can have additional advantages in helping with your family history research. The following are some key tricks to try using Google. First use Google's 'Advance Search' box. It is located in the main search box for Google. The Advance Search is to the far lower right corner with the title 'Settings'. Click on it. N...

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  • Memories of the Circus. The Circus World Museum.

    Feb 3

    With the recent news in January 2017 that the last show for Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus would be May 2017, it causes everyone to stop and remember their visits to the circus tent. Remember there have been many many touring circuses (and Wild West shows and carnivals) across the United States over the decades, most which do not ex...

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  • Refrain from These Slip-Ups

    Feb 1

    As you just start or continue on your family history research you want to be aware of any possible mistakes or slip-ups in your search. The following are a few thoughts on what to avoid doing. Number one is never accept 100% someone elses family research. They may have everything sourced but you need to recheck every aspect your with what you do k...

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  • National Registry of Historic Places

    Jan 31

    This National Registry was created in 1966 to keep a permanent record of information and available photos of some of the nation's most prized historic locations. In 2016 there were 931 such locations in the national registry. Now you might think these would only be the most famous places such as Mount Vernon, etc. The answer is NO. Instead, this N...

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  • Where to Go for Vital Records

    Jan 29

    The majority of vital records you need are stored with the individual states. So an ancestor could have been born in Virginia, married in New York, divorced in Vermont and died in Georgia. So each of those states needs to be contacted to get copies of the vitals records for birth-marriage, divorce and death. You need a good source to find the info...

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