Family History

  • American Battlefields of Our Ancestors

    Jul 17

    With the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, many researchers are learning more about their relatives who served either for the Confederacy or the Union during this war on home territory.  Because the fighting spread from Pennsylvania, to Florida, to Kentucky and out west to Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas; there are numerous locations of small...

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  • Create a Family Newsletter

    Jul 15

    A fun way to share family history is by creating a family newsletter.  This need not be a complicated and elaborate undertaking. A newsletter is simply a way to keep family members up-to-date with genealogical research that has been done and what is still being searched. It also provides a platform to keep family members knowledgeable of current f...

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  • Searching for Living Relatives

    Jul 1

    A family researcher spends a great deal of time looking for primary vital documents to learn about those relatives who have passed away.  However, one of the aspects of looking for those who have died, are also finding living relatives. By learning of a cousin or an aunt, previously unknown to the researcher and who could still be alive is just as...

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  • Don’t Keep it in a Box!

    Jun 24

    One thing I tell myself when I am trying to de-clutter is, "Am I honoring this item by where it is in my home?" Just a nifty little tip I picked up from TLC's Clean Sweep TV show. But, think about it. If you are leaving all your family history "stuff" in a box, then how are you honoring it? You're not. So, get it out of the box! Sometimes this c...

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  • A Wedding Gown

    Jun 7

    My mother-in-law passed away in 2009 at a relatively young age. She had been battling an awful disease for years, and we were sad to see her go, but thankful that she finally got to rest from all the physical troubles that plagued her in the end. As her sons and their wives went through some of her things, we realized that a lot of memories, and fa...

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  • The Many Forms of Smith

    May 26

    Just about every family history researcher has at least one ancestral branch with the surname of Smith or one of the variations of spellings for the name. Yet the most surprising information to a researcher is that Smith branch may not have had that surname but for a couple generations. This English-based name is not only very common in the Eng...

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  • English Ancestors in Workhouses

    May 10

    The Poor Law Union of Great Britain referred to special laws enacted about the 1530s for England and Wales to care for the citizens too poor to care of themselves. This system of assistance remained in England and Wales until 1948. Prior to 19th century the aid for the poor was provided by each parish in the form of local workhouses. There were som...

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  • Family Treasures on eBay

    May 8

    Since the late 1990s, an online auction site called eBay has become the premier place for individuals to buy and sell collectibles, new merchandise, or just about anything. What many people don’t realize they just might be able to locate a long lost family heirloom by using eBay. Up for auction is not just old collectible toys, electronics, ...

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  • Any Black Sheep?

    May 4

    What does ‘Black Sheep’ mean? It is basically an expression used to describe a person who is a bit odd, naughty, scandalous, within a family. Just like in a herd of white sheep, that one black or off-color sheep stands out from the herd. So really a person classified as a ‘black sheep’ in the family does not have to mean they were evil or a...

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  • Message Boards at Rootsweb

    Apr 26

    Due to the wide-spread use of the Internet and the access people around the globe have to computers the use of 'Message Boards' like that are found on Rootsweb are marvelous references for locating data, records and hints to other sources previously unknown. Not just for certain ancestors is the message board useful, but for surnames and other cat...

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