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  • Archive Grid – Universities

    Dec 9

    One area of research often overlooked when doing family history is what is held by the many universities and colleges across the nation. Many times it is documents, records, books and other information donated to a school from families. It may not even have been a school the ancestor attend or lived nearby. Materials can be donated to any unive...

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  • Start with Vital Records

    Dec 1

    In genealogy, vital records are referred to as primary and secondary sources. These written documents help provide proof of an event in a person s life. There are birth certificates, birth registrations, baptismal records, marriage licenses, wedding certificates, divorce records, death registrations, church records, funeral home records, cemeter...

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  • FamilySearch.org Photos

    Mar 25

    Another often overlooked resource for photos of family members is the FamilySearch.org Memories. Someone could have posted a vintage photo for their family tree and there just might be a tie-in to your family. Once you are signed in to FamilySearch.org, you can do a search on your ancestor’s name or surname by clicking on “Find” in the toolb...

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  • Never Use a Baggie

    Feb 3

    You are organizing your family documents, diaries, photos, journals and other records. You think they should be in a sealed plastic bag to protect from moisture and dirt. Well, think again. More damage can actually be caused by sealing family heirlooms in a cheap plastic bag. As it turns out paper items, photographs, film, and tape are all made f...

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  • Hugs and Kisses

    Nov 9

    You surely have come across ancestor's letters and cards which had at least one or two 'X's' and 'Os' on them We all recognize those marks / symbols as 'hugs and kisses'. Yet, how did that practice or custom begin? The "X" on letters stands for 'kisses', which dates back to the Middle Ages (about 500 AD to 1500 AD) in Europe. Back then the practic...

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  • What to Do If You Uncover a Deep Family Secret

    Oct 5

    As you go in depth on your family tree, there will be all types of names and things that your ancestor had and did. Some of their accomplishments can make your heart 'glad' at what they did, but you just might also find some deep dark individual or family secret, something concealed from most family members. If that happens, check your information...

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  • Translating Documents

    Aug 7

    You look high and low for every bit of documentation about your ancestor you can locate. Those found journals, vital records, documents help prove and clarify the bits and pieces about the life of an ancestor. So when a new document is located you want to understand everything written on it … only problem can be is if it was written in a langua...

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  • FamilySearch Collections

    Jul 7

    If you have not used recently or at all, the FamilySearch online site or the material at any local Family History Center operated b the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, you are missing a golden opportunity. The FamilySearch.org is always adding to its collections. Just the United States collections number 1,114 with titles such as: Alabama Deaths ...

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  • Organization of Your Family History Archives

    Jun 5

    Generally, it is one or two people in a family generation who are the keeper of family heirlooms, photos, documents, etc and who also be the one to do the family history research. IF this is you, here are a few suggestions for attempting to put some organization to the family collection. You basically need things divided into categories. There is ...

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  • 100th Anniversary-End of the Great War

    Jun 5

    The Armistice that ended the first World War originally known as 'The Great War' was signed November 11, 1918 – nearly 100 years ago. The Virginia Library has made digital their collections of some interesting photos and transcribed documents all related to World War One. On the American home front, residents were to conserve food and purchase ...

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