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  • Colonial Philadelphia, PA Land Owners

    Aug 7

    The University of Pennsylvania's University Archives and Records Center has available, FREE online listing of landowners in the West Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area at the time of the American Revolution. The record reflects ownership as of October 1777. Even if your family did not own land in Philadelphia as of 1777, they may have a...


  • Think There is No Difference in Genealogy vs. Family History?

    Aug 4

    Definition: Genealogy - a study of family ancestors with pertinent data such as birth, marriage and death dates. Family History - an in-depth study of a family lineage with greater emphasize and clarification of each ancestor’s life story. Any beginner to genealogy will start with just learning the individuals in the family. Their parents’ f...


  • Railroads and Depots

    Jul 29

    Railroad system has been a very important part of America's history since the 1840s and all of the 20th century. If you have discovered ancestors who were train engineers, station masters or some other type of train occupation, you will want to review this PWRR site. Online is a wonderful collection of the train stations throughout North Carolina...


  • Flickr- Photos & Ephemera

    Jul 25

    The online site of Flickr is a photo sharing site. It has many current images but also many vintage photos, some you may have never seen before. When you know an ancestor's hometown, you can use Flickr to see what images of that ancestral hometown might be available. There could be postcards, photos, advertisements, maps, brochures, letters, etc. ...


  • Service and Pension Files for War of 1812

    Jul 23

    The American colonies fought England in the 1770s during the American Revolution. However, battles occurred again between the new United States and England in the early 19th century which resulted in what was called the War of 1812, which actually lasted 3 years. You might have some ancestors who were part of the major historical event. They would ...


  • Behind the Scenes at Finding Your Roots

    Jul 20

    Finding Your Roots is a very popular genealogy TV show. The host is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Every episode features a celebrity who learns more about his or her ancestors while the camera is running. There's a lot of interesting information included in the show. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes at Finding Your Roots. The Finding Your...


  • Found in Privies in Philadelphia

    Jul 17

    In Colonial Williamsburg, VA; the archaeologists for years have been finding all types of buried 'trash' that was thrown in the colonists' privies (or outhouses) back in the 1700s. Much of it was broken dishes or pottery (the main items to survive, regular food and waste garbage would not), but once the archaeologists have found most of the pieces ...


  • Archive Indexes – Rutherford Co., Tennessee

    Jul 15

    If you had an ancestors or family branches from Rutherford County in central Tennessee, just southeast of Nashville with the largest city being Murfreesboro, you are in luck. The Rutherford County Archives have online the indexes for B-M-D plus Wills for most of the 19th century and into the first half of the 20th century. It is not a scanned image...


  • The Power of the Press

    Jul 13

    There is nothing more interesting than finding a newspaper article about an ancestor. They didn't have to be a celebrity, a hero or well-known even in their hometown. Small and middle-sized town newspapers were always writing of everyday happenings relating to citizens or even strangers in a town. This happened in larger towns / cities also. Taking...


  • Beyond Population Censuses

    Jul 9

    Researchers may only be thinking in terms of US Federal Censuses showing populations, our ancestors in a location, a household, their age, place of birth, occupations etc., every ten years. Well, the Federal Government has collected information on other topics. At the National Archives site is the full listing of other sources. For example, there ...