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  • Use of Funeral Home Records

    Jun 19

    Contacting the funeral home in a hometown to see what records they hold about your ancestors can be a great resource. It might take some extra investigation if the funeral home the family used years ago has been sold and is under another name. However, most of the time, the previous funeral home did have the new operators store the older records. ...

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  • Interview a Town’s Natives

    Jun 17

    In Stuart, Florida, at the downtown Stuart Heritage Museum, every Wednesday morning is the gathering of the 'Old Timers Social'. Started several years ago, everyone is invited to attend and meet with other long-time residents and especially natives of Stuart. With the city incorporated only 104 years ago, there are many who grew up in Stuart and it...

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  • Advantages of Contacting Historical Societies

    Jun 15

    If you have not investigated contacting a historical society in your ancestral town or county or state, you will need to see what is available. The purpose of a historical society is an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching, and interpreting historical information or items. Originally, these societies were created as a way t...

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  • Historical Tie-ins to Your Ancestors

    Jun 13

    None of your ancestors may have been famous or renown but they may of knowledge of locally famous people in their community. It could be the town's mayor, a war hero, a decorated police officer or a local community singer. A good method to uncover such individuals is to locate newspapers for the family hometown or county. Many such newspapers that ...

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  • Finding Vintage Photos and Ephemera

    May 29

    One is always on the lookout for family vintage photos, and you should be because you never know where one can turn up. Of course, you check with all living relatives, some who do not even realize they have tucked away old photos. Offer to assist them to sort the photos. An online site named 'Ancestorville' loves looking in all types of places (ya...

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  • Details to Learn about Where Your Ancestors Lived

    May 23

    A really interesting research section to your family history can be centered on the hometown and home county where your ancestors lived. Start by learning the history of the family hometown. A good place would be Googling the town's name and see what is available, Make notes and place down the sources. See if there is a historical museum in that ...

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  • Ohio in World War One

    May 21

    With the 100th anniversary in 2018 of the end of World War One, you will want to examine how your ancestors were involved – either as a soldier, Red Cross aide or on the home front in hometowns. For anyone with ties to Ohio, The World War I in Ohio Digital Collection is available online. "One banner displayed in Ohio read "Everyone who creates...

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  • The Weather on a Specific Day

    Apr 26

    Wouldn't it be great to add some basic information about the weather in a certain location related to your ancestors a specific event – such as their birth? Using the chart of weather across the United States done by the Midwestern Region Climate Center, you can get an idea of weather condition the day an ancestor was born. Now it only goes back...

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  • Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

    Apr 9

    We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for work, such as salesmen or workers for a railroa...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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