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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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  • Four Fun Activities: Sharing Family History with Living Relatives

    Jul 26

    This summer how about trying something a little different to involve more family members in knowing, appreciating and learning about their ancestors. Of course attending or sponsoring a family reunion is the best method. Bring together cousins, aunts, grandparents to share stories and especially heirlooms, artifacts and photos can spark many pe...

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  • Colorado Newspapers 1859-1923

    Jul 20

    The Colorado Historical Newspapers Collection is available online. The search process is made very simple. Place the keyword, surname, topic you wish to see if there were any newspaper articles covering between 1859 and 1923. Keep in mind there can be articles in the numerous Colorado newspapers to select from which are about events and people out...

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  • Historical Event that Changed Your Ancestor’s Life & Yours

    Jul 10

    So much unknown and yet there is a great deal a family historian can piece together about their ancestors. After gathering vital records, documents, journals; a researcher really needs to take some time to see if any patterns of behavior emerge and if such actions can be directly traced to a historical event. Examples of how historical events c...

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  • Tennessee Vital Records for 1962

    Jun 2

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives has an online collection of digital newspapers, Civil War records, county records and photographs. One of their most recent additions are the vital records for 1962. These records include Births- Marriages and Deaths. What is especially good to now are the birth records are also released since those could ...

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  • Slaveholders

    May 27

    The online repository known as 'Our Black Ancestry' (OBA) has placed a large collection of records that provides the names of people who held slaves in mid-1800s in America. The site has tabs at the top broken down into categories. There are 'Slaveholders by Surname', 'Slaveholders by County', then 'Shared Legacies'. To assist with further resea...

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  • British Service Deceased Online

    May 25

    Since 2008 United Kingdom and Northern Ireland records of burials and cremations with the registrar records, maps of cemeteries and photos of headstones have been made digital and placed online by the British Service Deceased Online. As of January 2013 there were 6 million individuals in 15 million records in their database. Most (2 million) are ...

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