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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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  • Locating Distant Ancestors – 3rd and 4th greats

    Oct 15

    If you have information on your third and even fourth great-grandparents who were born well over 110 years ago, you may just be able to find some ancestors who are missing from your family tree. Examine the families who descend from your third and fourth great-grandparents to begin a search for children in these families. You could find some inform...

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  • Family History Books on FamilySearch.org

    Oct 13

    With over 200,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications, FamilySearch.org, has the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to-books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The FamilySear...

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  • Chart to Figure Birth Years

    Oct 11

    The early United States Censuses (1790-1840) did not place a person's age, rather an age range. So it can be difficult to figure approximately year when a person was born. The Colonial Roots online site has done up a chart to assist you to figure those birth years. It breaks down what age range each census had. The one with the least was the first...

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  • Finding Photos with Ancestor Search

    Oct 9

    You might have a few family photos but you always wonder if there are additional ones. Many can be held by other relatives, a 3rd cousin in another part of the country. Some were part of family albums that have been in an estate sale and now are on eBay or in other locations. So to assist in finding some family photos or images of hometowns, busin...

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  • Lost Cause?? No Way.

    Oct 7

    You may have tried or even been afraid to attempt to work in depth on your family history. However, maybe all you needed were some clues of how to search. If you have family surnames that are quite common (Smith, Jones, Johnson, Williams, etc) you need to add some keywords to help in the search. Place the given name with the surname in quote marks...

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  • War of 1812 Veteran Pension Files

    Oct 5

    When the new United States was at war with the United Kingdom again in the early 19th century, it was known as the War of 1812, which actually occurred from June 18, 1812 to February 18, 1815. Those Americans who would have fought in that conflict would have been born roughly 1770 to 1795. They would have been too young to be involved during the Am...

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  • How Far Back Should You Search for Ancestors?

    Oct 3

    Whether you are a beginner on compiling your family tree or have been researching for many years you may have wondered how back you should search for ancestors. Some people are happy just finding information on grandparents and maybe even great grandparents. Going back three, four or five generations would take you to great-great grandparents. Howe...

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  • ‘Lost’ Relatives

    Oct 1

    All to often, we all have one of those 'Lost Relatives' - one that we believe existed but we can't locate any information. Then there are the ones that appear to 'disappear' after a certain date and no record in any form that the person passed away. So to help out a bit in searching for these lost relatives, keep in mind some of these search ideas...

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