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  • Avoid Unintentional Booby-Traps

    Jan 11

    You have worked on researching your family history and have a good start on the creation of the family tree. Yet, even the most experienced researcher can fall into an unintentional booby-trap. Normally a 'booby-trap' refers to a set up by someone to scare or harm someone else. The following instead are unintentional booby-traps that were unknowing...

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  • Civil War Documents Scanned

    Dec 3

    The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission (James I. Robertson Jr. Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Collection) spent several years going to counties across Virginia asking residents to look in their attics and forgotten chests to see if they had photos, documents, letters, journals, etc related to the American Civil War. ...

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  • Know What That Means?

    Oct 21

    Genealogical terms can be a bit confusing as well as key words found in vital records. So to help out, here are a few with their meanings. Bann - used on marriage forms in the 18th and early 19th century referring to the intent or promise to marry. Many times a future groom or his family had to put up some money or property to prove he was serious...

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  • Forms to Help Organize Your Research

    Oct 19

    To get organized, placing the research information you have collected can be placed on specific forms designed to that data. Below are just a few such forms to assist you. Property would be covered with DEEDS for those selling or giving property and those receiving it. Then marriage records from states and the information about the couple, where...

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  • Common Wrongdoings to Avoid

    Sep 17

    Anyone can overlook certain items in their family history research which could be classified as 'mistakes'. If you are aware of such particulars it is easier to avoid them or correct them. A common one that needs to be avoided is mistakes relating to an ancestor's given names or surname. Whoever wrote down the information for a document is not inf...

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  • National Parks’ Archive of Photos

    Sep 9

    Combination of the National Parks Service and Clemson University have worked to collect and scan a collection of photos relating to the national parks in the United States. They put together over 220,000 images plus scanned thousands of documents relating to the parks. The homepage of the online site shows you the categories for the many images in...

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  • Folk Art Family Records – Frakturs

    Aug 29

    The group known as 'Pennsylvania Dutch' - actually not Dutch at all but rather German-speaking inhabitants who settled in Pennsylvania and later neighboring Maryland, descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland area of Germany. The term 'Dutch' comes from Deutsch which means German. They were well-known for produc...

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  • Finding Errors in Records??

    Jun 7

    Sometimes it is difficult to locate an ancestor because there could be errors either you have made or that were made when a vital record (birth, marriage, death, deed, military, etc) was created. The spelling of given and surnames is one of the common areas of errors. Many names have quite a few various methods of being spelled and those ways have...

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  • Speech to Text. Useful to Genealogy and Family History Research!

    Apr 27

    How many times do you wish there was another method to transcribe to text a recording you had of a relative or be able to dictate some documents so they were in digital text form? Using the online software 'Speechlogger' you can now do that very easily. It works with Chrome Browsers. This is a speech recognition (which goes from spoken word to dig...

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  • Beginning Points

    Apr 19

    Starting your family history research can seem like a monumental task. You may have even attempted it a few years ago and then let it slide. Well, start fresh and know you can find out things about your relatives you never dreamed of. You do have to have patience. Begin by gathering what you had collected earlier. If you hadn't started, see if a...

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