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  • N.C. Photographs – Brimley Collection

    Nov 13

    This wonderful collection (Brimley Collection) of vintage photos taken within North Carolina were collected by Hubert Hutchinson Brimley (1861-1946). He was also director of The North Carolina State Museum of Natural History. The photographs document many aspects of life in the state between the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. His co...

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  • Stories by Our Veterans

    Nov 11

    Rare is the family who does NOT have one or two living military veterans in their family today. The Veterans History Project connected with the US Library of Congress should be one of the first places you not only do research but also see that your living veterans have their stories recorded and saved forever. On the site of Veterans History Pro...

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  • New Indiana Databases

    Nov 9

    If you have any ancestors from Indiana, you are in luck. Several new databases have just been added. They are part of the Indiana Genealogical Society and free to use. Any ancestors who once lived in the following counties: Madison, Monroe or Orange, the databases are available. There are five additional databases for Indiana for members of the In...

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  • Family Letters

    Nov 7

    If you have not done so, locate from family members any family letters that have been saved. Letters rarely just exchange information. Instead, they tell stories; they tell secrets …they usually without meaning to can help you write the family history. There can be some interesting insights revealed, even in a simple note. Here is an example r...

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  • Missouri Penitentiary Archives

    Oct 11

    The first state penal institution, covering 47 acres, west of the Mississippi River back in March 1836 was the Missouri State Penitentiary. It remained a functional penitentiary to September 2004, located in Jefferson City. This prison also known as M.S.P. also had the nickname of 'the Walls'. It also had the reputation of a very crude or brutal pr...

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  • Illustrations of Ancestors’ Occupations

    Oct 7

    As you have collected information on your ancestors one of the biggest addition is finding out what occupation that ancestor held. As you go back in time, many of those jobs no longer exist so most people have no idea what they are. Through the efforts of Emily Kowalski Schroeder with her genealogical site titled 'Growing Little Leaves', she has...

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  • Ancestors Affected by a Disaster?

    Oct 3

    Whether man-made or something from Mother Nature, there can be any number of disasters over the decades that could have affected your ancestors. Gathering information about your family is not just names, dates and places, it is truly a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors' lives, even the sad and tragic times. An online site named 'Ge...

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  • American Libraries ONLINE

    Oct 1

    There are many books published over the decades, especially in the late 19th Century and early 20th century covering family surnames and individual families' history. Finding them could be the problem. Fortunately, with the Internet many of the vintage books have been scanned and now available online through specific library's collections. Using A...

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  • Women as Businesswomen

    Sep 21

    Whether you realized it or not, females have played a major role in town businesses for decades. Especially during times of war, it was the female ancestors who stepped up to the plate to keep things running on the homefront. The American Revolution (1776-1783) - There was Mary Elizabeth Goddard, who by 1774 ran solely the family two prints newsp...

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  • Worst Jobs to Have in the 1800s

    Sep 19

    The following are some of the possible jobs your ancestors may have had sometime during the 1800s if they lived during those times. Most people were farmers, an honorable occupation, still a hard job. Yet, in the 19th century was the need of people to handle other types of work. A Tosher - was a sewer worker with an unusual twist. They sifted thro...

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