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  • Using the “Find”

    Oct 5

    The free FamilySearch.org site has made it very easy to search for any photos, documents or stories contributed by other family history researcher which is housed at the FamilySearch database, 'Find'. The simplest method is using their search box and placing a surname. True you will have to look through many listings with just a surname, but thi...

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  • Records 1970 to 2009

    Sep 21

    In doing your family research sometimes you might concentrate on the very older records and documents. However, in any good research you do need to start with the more recent records - beginning with yourself and your parents and their siblings. Using the free FamilySearch.org site, they have records from phone directories, tax assessments, prop...

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  • Wills on Ancestry

    Sep 4

      Available on Ancestry.com is the massive collection of Wills across the nation now made digital. It is a scanned digital copy of the actual (mostly handwritten) Wills of original people. These documents cover well over 100 million people, including the deceased (names, dates) as well as their family, friends and others involved in the prob...

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  • Find the Humor

    Aug 7

    You are busy collection and researching the vital records on your ancestors, did you ever spot some notation or phrase that made you break out into full blown laughter?? So where might you find such humor? Start by really examining what was written in an ancestor's Will. Many times the decease had the last word, by placing some unusual or strange ...

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  • Human Error and your Family Tree

    Jul 5

      You quickly find there is alot of room for 'human error' when working on your family tree. First are the primary and then secondary resources you use. Census records, birth, marriage and death records are all important and considered primary sources. However, they were still created by a person -- so human error can be involved. I have neve...

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  • Getting Beyond that Brick Wall

    May 31

    Experienced or a novice, everyone hits a brick wall in trying to locate even a small amount of information on a specific ancestor or even a whole branch. A few ideas just might provide some inspiration for you put a crack or even break through that brick wall. First: Be patient -- you may not solve the problem of finding your great grandfather, b...

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  • Online at the National Archives

    May 21

      The National Archives collections in Washington, D. C. is an excellent resource for any family history researcher to check. If you did a couple years ago, do the search again as new things are added or you know additional names on the family tree.   To get an idea of the numerous topics to select from, this site page has the listing of to...

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  • Your Family History Could be Erased from the Internet

    May 19

    Family historians spend a great deal of time and energy tracking down and recording the family stories that were handed down from one generation to the next. They seek out to discover who is in the old photos (and how that person relates to others). It would be absolutely devastating to find out that, out of the blue, all of your family history had...

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  • DeadFred

    Apr 25

    Being on the outlook for other sources of family photos is an important aspect of your research. One interesting outside of family source is an online site named 'DeadFred', a genealogy photo archive. It is an unusual name but just might have a family image you were not aware of. This site has over 18,700 surnames with photos plus some 117,000 docu...

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  • New York Records

    Apr 3

      The large state of New York with its long history may be the home at one time or another of some of your distant relatives. As you examine the family tree, if you locate a few ancestors from New York or even those who lived in a bordering state to New York, you will want to look over the New York Record Archives online site. Especially if ...

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