ancestors

  • Resources from Western Maryland

    Feb 21

    The state of Maryland has a long history, going back to 1634 as a colony and then admitted as the 7th state in 1788.   It is not a large state in land size, but based on its early and then later settlement, it has portions known as an eastern and western region.  Some of the western counties include Washington, Allegany and Garrett as well as Fre...

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  • Create Your Own Family Website

    Feb 19

    A new year and now half-way through the second month of this year, so how about trying something really different?  If you do not have your own family Internet site created by you already, begin your own family web site this month. The California based company called Weebly has made it so simple for anyone to design, set up and get their own we...

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  • Recording Those Family Tall Tales

    Feb 17

    Everyone at some time in their lives has heard stories told by family members of ancestors who either met a famous person, accomplished some great feat, was a war hero, invented a time saving device or somehow brought honor and glory to the family name. There may also have been a few tales of the “black sheep” of the family who even had a shady...

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  • New York City Tenement Life

    Feb 15

    If you had to name the one location in America where many of our emigrant ancestors may have lived for years, it would have to be New York City.  It being a very large city, there were certain neighborhoods where different ethnic groups congregated. Those early immigrants usually had to live in small apartments on crowded streets with all types of...

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  • Articles Collected by Cyndi’s List

    Feb 7

    One of the standards for amassing all the available genealogical resources and making it accessible to everyone for years has been Cyndi Ingle Howells with her ‘Cyndi’s List’. Her next step was to assemble the many family history / genealogical articles, stories and blogs that are created everyday.  She has put them in one place online with ...

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  • Using Search Engines

    Feb 1

    One of the best resources for any family history researcher is the ability to find clues and even snippets of information at their fingertips. With the use of the world-wide web (Internet access) and a search engine, almost any topic, name, place can be located. When one thinks of search engines the first to come to mind is Google.  It has rise...

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  • Celebrities on ‘WDYTYA’ and ‘Finding Your Roots’

    Jan 26

    There is nothing better than watching professional genealogists in action to not only inspire you, but also provide that extra incentive for you to continue on your own family tree research. Starting on February 3rd, a Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central, the Who Do You Think You Are? celebrity originated genealogical NBC network show...

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  • Put It In PDF

    Jan 22

    Put it what and where? PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It has been around since 1993 and is a wonderful method to capture, store and share any type of document on anyone’s computer around the globe. Once photos, text, graphs, maps, drawings, etc. are in a PDF application they retain the original appearance. Many of the genealogical so...

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  • Finding the Changing Boundaries of Counties

    Jan 20

    When attempting to narrow down hometowns for our ancestors you will quickly see that some towns no longer exist, were incorporated into another town, had a name change or is now part of a different county.  When looking about the name and location of a county, it is boundaries that have changed the most over the decades within the United States. ...

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  • The Eradication of an Ancestor’s Cemetery

    Jan 18

    That sounds pretty harsh, not only the closing to any further burials, but then the eradication and total destruction of a cemetery where one’s ancestors have been at peace and rest for decades.  The very thought does not even sound possible, but it is true and it has happened, even in more recent times. It might be imaginable that a tiny pri...

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