ancestry

  • Locate Some Old Photos

    Sep 3

    The heart of any collection of genealogy records are the vintage family photos, drawings, paintings or illustrations that can be gathered.  Yes, you have checked with your grandparents, your aunts or cousins and thought that you had assembled all the photos or images available. Numerous times undiscovered images can be found in the most unlikely p...

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  • Finding Refugees Who Fled into Switzerland

    Sep 1

    During the Second World War in Western Europe, beginning in the late 1930s, many individuals and families fled from other European nations to find safety in neutral Switzerland. Some were natives of other countries, but many who came back to Switzerland were also Swiss citizens. The Swiss Archives have put together a database of some 25,604 indi...

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  • Unseen Views of Crime and Poverty in London – 1680-1820

    Aug 30

    It is amazing some of the documents that have survived over the centuries. England does have a long tradition of keeping records for all types of events, from the grand to the common and ordinary. Since many people have some English background in their ancestry, there is an extremely interesting online site that should be investigated, even if you ...

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  • Discovering Family Secrets – A Real Case

    Aug 28

    Parents don’t necessarily discuss with their children every aspect of their life, figuring the youngsters might not comprehend some adult issues.  However, once those children are adults, in charge of their own lives would seem to be the perfect time to discuss earlier events covering the parent’s life.  When that is not done, the parent’s ...

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  • Gold Mine Found With Family Histories

    Aug 26

    Libraries, museums and genealogical societies across the country are the keepers for many family histories that have been written over the decades. Copies can be held by numerous families members, but many times those family histories written years ago also are in estate sales and lost to the family. Fortunately, many such family history books h...

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  • Appreciate Our Ancestors’ Early Historical Events

    Aug 24

    So you were not paying attention during high school American history class and now you are not sure of the events during the American Revolutionary War or the Pilgrims of the New England colonies. Yet, these are the great and more important elements that directed affected not only America as a young nation, but most assuredly our ancestors. For ...

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  • Start with a Good General Search Site

    Aug 22

    If you are just beginning or have been doing family history research for awhile, it is always beneficial to check out some of the basic online genealogical sites.  A good overall general site is Access Genealogy. It has been and remains a free resource online for genealogical data. The original backbone to the site over ten years ago was inform...

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  • Newest Query Site – GenQueries

    Aug 16

    It is a bit exciting to be in the early stages of a new project, one that is just getting started.  When you investigate the fairly recent online free database GenQueries for genealogy queries you will see the potential of another source of information and reaching other researchers. This service was developed by the well-known Eastman’s Online ...

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  • Tracing Woodend Family Roots England to Zimbabwe

    Aug 2

    What struck me was the intensity of the request by a woman on the comment section for information on her great grandfather written out on the April 28th FamilyTree.com Genealogy Blog which discussed searching for ancestors in the United Kingdom. Here, was this individual’s ancestor, who was a native of England, beginning a new life in Rhodesia (n...

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  • The Symbols on Headstones

    Jul 7

    Once you have viewed, photographed and made a rubbing of an ancestor’s headstone, you need to study very carefully the symbols and designs placed by the family to represent that person’s life. Dates and words tell the family researcher a good deal, but those symbols can open new prospects of understanding one’s ancestor. The engraving of...

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