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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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  • Difference in Names

    Jan 27

    As you have gone through searching for your ancestors you may have come across a common middle or first name repeated over several generations. Or even a given name not at all familiar or on any branch of the family tree. Many times there is a reason for some of these strange occurrences. First, it was a common practice that babies were named afte...

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  • Useful Ideas when Searching on Google

    Jan 25

    Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything, but not necessarily your family tree. However, here are a few ideas to improve your chances of finding more about a hometown, a business or an ancestor using Google. First, narrow the search. Place quote marks (") around the names or keywords you are searching. If it is a person's na...

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  • Ohio Memory

    Jan 21

    The state of Ohio, once part of the northwest territory, has a rich and long history. You could have had several ancestors who at one time lived in Ohio, so it is worthwhile to investigate the free online site, Ohio Memory. Some of the items available on the site include photographs, manuscripts, letters, historical artifacts, videos, and newspape...

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  • Inauguration Dates and Your Ancestors

    Jan 20

    With the inauguration date of January 20, 2017, it might be interesting to note the previous dates of presidential inaugurations and include it with your family history. Place the president and the date with the appropriate family members time frame. If really interested you might see if any ancestor may have attended an inauguration b...

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  • Investigate 1880 US Federal Census

    Jan 19

    If any ancestors on your family tree lived any part of their life in the United States (including territories) in the month of June 1880, you need to make sure you have completely examined all the questions asked on that census. It is a wealth of information. The US President in 1880 was Rutherford Hayes. Especially since the next census done in 18...

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  • A Great Winter Project

    Jan 17

    Many areas across the country or in other nations have a thick blanket of ice and snow during this time of year. To avoid having to get out in such conditions, this is a perfect time to start a really worthwhile project. Besides gathering the names, dates and basic information on relatives on your family tree, how about taking a different perspect...

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