ancestors

  • 1700-1880 – Descendants of Mayflower Passengers

    Jul 19

    Using the online database “American Ancestors” you can search your ancestors and see if they were descendants from the passengers of the 1620 Mayflower ship. Use the form to search placing an ancestor who would have lived from 1700 to 1880. If they lived 1881 to 1969 it won't work. Plus have an idea if you believe your ancestors went back to t...

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  • Homestead Act

    Jul 17

    Did the Homestead Act of 1862 and the movement of families to the American Western frontier after 1865 change your family tree? Those two events had a sizable effect on families who had lived for decades along the eastern coast to the Appalachian Mountains and now whole families or individuals left their hometowns to head west for a new life. The ...

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  • FamilySearch Collections

    Jul 7

    If you have not used recently or at all, the FamilySearch online site or the material at any local Family History Center operated b the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, you are missing a golden opportunity. The FamilySearch.org is always adding to its collections. Just the United States collections number 1,114 with titles such as: Alabama Deaths ...

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  • Soldiers-Sailors of the War of 1812

    Jun 25

    When doing our family history, we think of our ancestors may be in the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War One or Two or Vietnam War but not too often is the War of 1812 considered. This was a conflict running from June 1812 to February 1815 between the United States and the United Kingdom (England). About 2,200 to 3,700 A...

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  • Use of Funeral Home Records

    Jun 19

    Contacting the funeral home in a hometown to see what records they hold about your ancestors can be a great resource. It might take some extra investigation if the funeral home the family used years ago has been sold and is under another name. However, most of the time, the previous funeral home did have the new operators store the older records. ...

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  • Interview a Town’s Natives

    Jun 17

    In Stuart, Florida, at the downtown Stuart Heritage Museum, every Wednesday morning is the gathering of the 'Old Timers Social'. Started several years ago, everyone is invited to attend and meet with other long-time residents and especially natives of Stuart. With the city incorporated only 104 years ago, there are many who grew up in Stuart and it...

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  • Advantages of Contacting Historical Societies

    Jun 15

    If you have not investigated contacting a historical society in your ancestral town or county or state, you will need to see what is available. The purpose of a historical society is an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching, and interpreting historical information or items. Originally, these societies were created as a way t...

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  • Historical Tie-ins to Your Ancestors

    Jun 13

    None of your ancestors may have been famous or renown but they may of knowledge of locally famous people in their community. It could be the town's mayor, a war hero, a decorated police officer or a local community singer. A good method to uncover such individuals is to locate newspapers for the family hometown or county. Many such newspapers that ...

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  • Finding Vintage Photos and Ephemera

    May 29

    One is always on the lookout for family vintage photos, and you should be because you never know where one can turn up. Of course, you check with all living relatives, some who do not even realize they have tucked away old photos. Offer to assist them to sort the photos. An online site named 'Ancestorville' loves looking in all types of places (ya...

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  • Details to Learn about Where Your Ancestors Lived

    May 23

    A really interesting research section to your family history can be centered on the hometown and home county where your ancestors lived. Start by learning the history of the family hometown. A good place would be Googling the town's name and see what is available, Make notes and place down the sources. See if there is a historical museum in that ...

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