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  • Your Ancestor Had Different Colored Eyes?

    Jul 11

    It is always intriguing to learn some new and different aspect about a family relative. The following is not only unique and may be one that you are not familiar with, but there is even a special day set aside in recognition of the natural occurrence, that of July 12th.  The medical term is ‘heterochromia’, it is where an individual is born wi...

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  • Events that Affected Ancestors on July 2nd

    Jul 2

    It was 236 years ago that things in the colonial America changed forever. Those events in turn changed the lives of so many of our ancestors.  Not just those who lived the times of 1776, but the thousands who were born afterwards in a new country, the United States.  Even greater were those ancestors living in another country who would themsel...

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  • Tips When Searching for an Elusive Ancestor

    Jun 22

    Oh, we all will have one or more elusive, hard to locate ancestors in our genealogical journey. One where you might have a name and their relationship (aunt, uncle etc), but that is about it on information.  For females it can be even more problematical with just their married name and no maiden name known. So the following are a few tips or sugge...

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  • Using ‘GermanRoots’ Web Site

    May 31

    The web site, GermanRoots has a listing of many individuals and families who left different sections of Germany and resettled in other parts of the world; some in America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. It is call emigration when a person selects to leave their homeland.  The records in the various databases can provide information on the perso...

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  • Surprises Going Through Old Newspapers

    May 19

    They may have been originally meant to be discarded once they were read, but having the availability of old newspapers, either in print or digital format, has proved to be a super resource in doing one’s family history.  The newspaper, from small town to the cities, has continued to serve as a window into the community, the state, nation and lif...

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  • Why My Ancestors Still Immigrated Even After 1912

    May 15

    I have long thought about how very brave and determined our ancestors were to continue crossing the Atlantic in the months and years immediately after the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912.  When I had acquired the ship manifests on several of my father’s family and when they came to resettle from Lancashire County, England to Essex Count...

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  • Mother’s Day Tribute

    May 13

    Sunday, May 10th is celebrated in the United States as Mother’s Day.  It has gotten a bit too commercialized here since it was started as an official national holiday back in 1914 under the direction of President Woodward Wilson. The concept for this special day was begun by Anna Jarvis to honor her mother and other mothers across the countr...

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  • A Blend of Facebook & FamilySearch Sites

    May 5

    Social networking using a computer, tablet, iphone, etc. is the fastest method to connect with people from around the globe.  If you want to link up with people in an ancestral home country, the FamilySearch has made it very easy for you to do so. When doing family history research, you look for surnames, but you also check in depth where a relat...

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  • Old Maps of the World

    Apr 21

    As you have collected information on your ancestors, the places (towns, cities, counties, provinces, states and countries) they have lived in over the decades it can become a bit confusing, less of course your have a degree in geography.  Most people are usually unfamiliar with most locations outside of any places they have lived in themselves.  ...

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  • The Titanic’s Fateful Night

    Apr 14

      On April 14, 1912, about 11:40 pm the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg and by 2:20 am of the early Monday morning, April 15th, the great luxury ship on its maiden voyage did sink into the icy cold waters of the Atlantic. There were 1,576 people from all walks of life who died that night.  Only 710 survivors made it alive to New York ...

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