ancestors

  • City Directories Sources

    Nov 25

    The use of city directories for learning more about an ancestor’s home or business at a certain time period is excellent. However, trying to locate a city directory for the ancestral hometown can be difficult. Do try the hometown's public library and their history museum, great places to check. Also, the local genealogical society might have a ...

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  • Rough Going for those on the Mayflower

    Nov 23

    First, the voyage along across the Atlantic Ocean took 66 days, from their departure on September 6, first from Holland and then England until Cape Cod in North America was sighted on November 9, 1620.” During the first half of the voyage, things went fairly smooth. The crowded conditions with 102 people packed aboard a smelly cargo ship...

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  • Help to Create a Photo Book

    Nov 23

    Yes, you have a box filled with family photos but wouldn't be great to have the best ones in a print book that can be shared easily? There are several companies that can assist you to create one, and here is one of them online -- ReSnap. From the home page you see there are several different sizes and styles to select from. You select the size and...

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  • Meeting and Acquiring a Spouse

    Nov 15

    Today there are online dating sites but for our ancestors of the 19th and 20th century, they used the Personals in their local newspapers to facilitate long-term love matches. Some individuals were looking for true love and others were willing to pay for a spouse. The newspaper classifieds of yesteryear make it fairly clear which was more often pre...

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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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