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  • Reasons to Do the Family History

    Nov 13

    Working on your family tree is not just a list of names and dates but rather serves as a spring board to investigating and finding more out about each individual -- a grandmother, a great uncle or great grandaunt. Each ancestor has a story to share with their descendants. The experiences, adventures, problems, hardships and celebrations helped sha...

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  • Veterans’ Records – National Archives

    Nov 11

    The National Archives in Washington, D. C. and its other branches across the nation are closed Friday, Nov. 11th for Veterans Day. However, when it is open, if you have not investigated what records they have you need to start. What you can find there (especially online) include statistics and data relating to the Vietnam War, the Korean War, Worl...

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  • National Family Week

    Nov 8

    National Family Week in the United States takes place the week of American Thanksgiving. It was first officially proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on November 19, 1987. It is also a recognized celebration in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Having this National Family Week is fitting for the Thanksgiving holiday. It did have its real...

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  • Suffrage – Postcard Propaganda in 1900

    Nov 8

    In the 21st century we think of social media (Facebook & Twitter) for sharing one's ideas and opinions with other people. Yet this is not a new concept. Back between 1900 and 1914 there was another method that was quite popular for our great grandparents to express their feelings and attitudes toward the hot topic of those years - Women's Suffr...

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  • App Sees if Related to Famous People

    Nov 7

    Just for FUN ... Ancestry.com has an APP out titled 'We're Related' that attempts to see you might be related to that is famous or a celebrity. There is no truly hard documentation, but rather the 'We’re Related' analysis is a fun way to share your findings with friends and family, but not proof that you’ve got celebrity blood. Its findings cou...

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  • Slogans to Fight During the Civil War

    Nov 3

    It was April 1861 in the United States and both the Union and Confederates armies needed recruits, and they needed them in a hurry. Not surprisingly, as seen in newspaper advertisements during 1861 to 1865, different groups and branches of the service had competing ads with unusual and even funny slogans. There was need for different types of recr...

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  • City Directories for NY and on eBay

    Oct 29

    The use of city directories is very important resources when compiling information on ancestors. Besides names, home addresses, business addresses and names, other family members in the household may be listed, such as a wife. Many business ads are in a directory - one could be for an ancestor. One of the best locations for secure a variety of ava...

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  • New York City Marriage License Index

    Oct 27

    The data was provided to the not-for-profit activist group 'Reclaim the Records' by the New York City Clerk's Office.  It has made digital thousands of the NYC marriage licenses, and, as a searchable index, available on their website, free to search. The marriage licenses index in this data set have about 3,124,595 licenses, doubling which means ...

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  • Family History Ideas

    Oct 25

    You spend time gathering, collecting and verifying your family history ... so what is the next step. Of course, you never really 'finish' research on your ancestors, there is always something new to discover. However, if you want some ideas for greater enjoyment and to share what you have found, here are a few. First, one of the main items you ha...

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  • Forms to Help Organize Your Research

    Oct 19

    To get organized, placing the research information you have collected can be placed on specific forms designed to that data. Below are just a few such forms to assist you. Property would be covered with DEEDS for those selling or giving property and those receiving it. Then marriage records from states and the information about the couple, where...

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