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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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  • 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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