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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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  • Finding Vintage Photos and Ephemera

    May 29

    One is always on the lookout for family vintage photos, and you should be because you never know where one can turn up. Of course, you check with all living relatives, some who do not even realize they have tucked away old photos. Offer to assist them to sort the photos. An online site named 'Ancestorville' loves looking in all types of places (ya...

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  • Ohio in World War One

    May 21

    With the 100th anniversary in 2018 of the end of World War One, you will want to examine how your ancestors were involved – either as a soldier, Red Cross aide or on the home front in hometowns. For anyone with ties to Ohio, The World War I in Ohio Digital Collection is available online. "One banner displayed in Ohio read "Everyone who creates...

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  • Saving Your Memories, Photos and Research

    May 9

    You might be fortunate that your ancestors were ones to take many photos, label them and keep them safe. They could also have written down in the family Bible important dates and events or kept a journal. Over the years they saved family heirlooms and provided the oral history behind all the items. If the above is your case, you are very lucky, no...

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  • Transcribe for the Smithsonian

    Apr 28

    A great method to give back and assist fellow researchers is on the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers online site. Here volunteers from their own homes, some 11,366 "volunpeers" added more to the total 363,434 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have bee...

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  • How Did the Wrong Family Info Get There?

    Apr 13

    You may think you have everything correct as far as names, places, and dates for all the individuals on your family tree, including the extended families … but there could be some wrong information there or every individual who does not belong to your family tree. So how does that happen? First, did you inherited a family tree or information fro...

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  • Columbus (Ohio) Metropolitan Library with Digital Archives

    Mar 31

    For those doing research for the state of Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Library has a massive digital archives online. It includes photos, maps, documents and artifacts. Categories include: Collections, Topics, Neighbors and by Decades. So if you knew the neighborhood of a town your ancestor came from, you might locate a map or photos. You can t...

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  • What is Needed in a Family History Book / File?

    Mar 23

    As you research and gather info on ancestors, you do eventually want to create a full family history book or a complete file, whether in print or in digital format. Yet, what is contained in a family history book or file? Here are some suggestions. You don't need all but having as many as possible does enrich the family history for future generati...

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  • Witnesses that could be Relatives

    Mar 15

    It is great to have copies of documents such as marriage certificates, Wills, deeds, etc but one aspect you might overlook is for the names of witnesses on these documents. You might be surprised to learn some of those people who signed as witnesses could be relatives then or even later. Many executors of estates are relatives even if the names do ...

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