Family Heritage

  • Colonial Early Church Records

    Oct 3

    If you have found that some of your early ancestors in America lived in Massachusetts Colony and were of a specific church (Puritan, Congregational, and Christian denominations) you are in special luck. Now available online from the Congregational Library and Archives are the church records from many early individual churches in Massachusetts. Thes...

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  • Make Digital those Photos

    Sep 27

    You have put off that task long enough. Now is the time to make digital your collection of photos. Recruit some help from a family member or friend and make it a party. One of the easiest methods is using a portable scanner especially if you have boxes of photos. I had six very large plastic boxes from my mother-in-law who had passed away and I ...

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  • Check Local Newspapers for Info on Pre-Wedding

    Sep 9

    Using your local hometown newspapers have so many great potentials for family history information. One major area overlooked are the many events before a family wedding. Yes, you want the newspaper to announce and maybe even a wedding photo of the bride and groom but there is also much to be learned if you can locate articles in reference to the co...

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  • 50 States’ Archives

    Sep 5

    All the 50 US states keep archives relating to people, places, businesses and events covering the state's history. This may have been a resource you have not investigated to date. If you have, did you only do the states you ancestors live in or did you do also the bordering states? State archives have been made digital, so you can now go to any of...

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  • Antiquated American Phrases and Sayings

    Aug 29

    Part of learning about your ancestors' life and times is knowing more of the once common phrases and sayings they may have used. Many of them now are unknown to the present generations. Here are a few samples of American phrases no longer used: Happy cabbage – a large amount of available money to spend on one's self. From the 1880s.   See th...

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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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  • Collections of the American West

    May 25

    As you gone through searching for information about your ancestors, there was usually at least ancestor who choose to leave the eastern section of America and head to the western territories for a new life. Through the collection titled 'Edward D. Graff' with the Newberry Library Collection there is now available a massive collection of photos, do...

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  • Ideas to Stimulate Writing Your Life Story

    Apr 15

    Doing your ancestors' family tree and their stories are fascinating. Yet you should also take a bit of time to get your own life story started for future generations. Wouldn't you have loved such a document from your great grandfather – his life, trials, hardships, joys, interests, and achievements? Take that time to write out some of your own l...

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  • Georgia Confederates after Civil War

    Feb 3

    Following the American Civil War, U. S. military officials were sent to the former Confederate states to get oath of allegiance from the males who had supported the Confederacy. These Registration Oath Books created can provide some valuable information if you had an ancestor who took the oath of allegiance. The registers typically contain each vo...

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  • Library of Congress–American Memory

    Dec 19

    The American Memory is the digital collection portal for the Library of Congress. The website is to provided “free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativi...

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