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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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  • Some Strange Professions of Years Ago

    Sep 29

    As you research on your family tree, one of the major items are the occupations of your ancestors. Some quite common still today such as a physician or dentist or a cook, but more than likely you will come across a few jobs of yesteryear you never heard of and that exist any longer. However, you had relatives who did make a livelihood with that jo...

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  • New Databases on FamilySearch.org

    Sep 27

    It is useful to keep up with the newest databases available with FamilySearch.org site. Here are four that could prove very useful in your research. On each that you search you can click on the 'details' icon or go directly to the scanned image, showed with a 'camera' icon.  Click on each bolded topic to call up the database. Pensions filed by Co...

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  • Easy to Miss Info on Certain Censuses

    Sep 21

    A few of the different US Federal Censuses that started back in 1790 do have a few very interesting questions that could provide previously unknown information on your ancestors. Looking closely at the US Federal 1820 census at column # 12 it states 'Foreigners Not Naturalized'. So this would give you a clue if someone in that household (again jus...

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  • New Zealand and the Female Vote

    Sep 19

    September 19, 1893 is a day of note, on this date New Zealand, off the southeast coast of Australia, became the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote. In the United States back in 1869, the Territory of Wyoming did grant women in the territory the right to vote. In the Isle of Man, off the coast between Ireland and the Unit...

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  • Sept. 16, 1620 – Into the Unknown – 396 Years Ago

    Sep 16

    The Mayflower ship departed from England, bound for America with 102 passengers and a small crew of 30. The ship weathered dangerous Atlantic storms for 65 days and reached Cape Cod peninsula on November 21st. While still on the Mayflower ship, 41 men agreed to join together in a “civil body politic.” This document, Mayflower Compact, would bec...

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