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  • Photo Collection from Australia

    Sep 30

    The Powerhouse Museum is located in Sydney, Australia. Here they have a large collection of all things, including photos with ties to the people and events of Australia. This online site features many of the photos from the Powerhouse Museum. They are grouped into 49 topics or sets. Some examples of topics include: daguerrotypes, studio photos, rur...

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  • Census Day – April 1, 1950

    Sep 6

    Family researchers have loved going through the recently released 1940 US Federal Census and now look forward to the 1950 US Census. That census will be of special interest to many family researchers because they more than likely will be on that census record. If you or another family member or friends were born by Saturday, April 1, 1950, they wi...

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  • Immigrates to England: 1801 – 1871 & 1918 – 1957

    Sep 4

    We always tend to think of people resettling in the United States or Canada, however, many people resettled in the 19th and 20th century in England, coming from other European, African or Asian nations. The National Archives for the United Kingdom has a collection of those individuals seeking to be admitted to England between 1801 and 1871. The ...

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  • Cajuns/Acadians – Louisiana

    Aug 29

    In Louisiana the Cajun / Acadian cultural lifestyle has existed for many years. It actually began in New France (Canada) in the 1600s when immigrates came from the nation of France to settle in the area now known as Canada, mainly the eastern coastline. During the time of 1755-1763 (the Great Expulsion) under Great Britain's rule of Acadie in New ...

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  • Public Domain Photos

    Aug 25

    Need some images of a hometown, a historic region, a view of a homeland, of a farm, or city? Using the following public domain photo sites will help located and allow you to download needed images to make your family history complete. For example, you found that your parents came down to the Ft. Lauderdale / Miami area in 1940 or 1941 on vacatio...

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  • Female Ancestors Mistreated

    Aug 23

    To truly get an idea of how life was for some of our ancestors you have to know what life was like and what was done and expected of people, the accepted culture of a certain time. This is especially true for the treatment and expectation of females. Ladies owning property and voting in elections is a fairly newer concept. Our female ancestors wer...

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  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

    Aug 21

    These maps known as Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are of small, medium and large sized towns and cities date back to the 19th century and well into the 20th century. They can be very important in locating where a family business, shop and neighborhood would have been at a specific time frame. The Sanborn Company (started by Daniel A. Sanborn), an Am...

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  • Why You Should Go Over Ancestral Newspapers. 9 Items to look for:

    Aug 17

    Newspapers from an ancestors hometown are such a wealth of information. You might first think just locating obituaries in the newspaper, but really there is so much more you might find. Even checking neighboring communities' newspapers can carry news and advertisements of families, events and businesses in a certain hometown. With so many newspaper...

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  • Rochester, New York

    Aug 13

    City directories are a very valuable tool for family history researchers. Here can be located an ancestor's exact name spelling, where they lived, if a female was a widow, their occupation, or a business they worked for or owned. Now this is for searching for an adult, minor children would not be listed in a directory. The Rochester city direct...

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  • Minneapolis City Directories 1859-1917

    Jul 30

    The use of city directories can be extremely successful in locating additional information on an ancestor. City directories allow users to find former city residents, their occupations, local businesses and their locations. With any luck you can trace a relative during a certain scan of time, where they lived (street) and what their occupation hap...

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