family research

  • Canadian Photos – 19th Century to end of 20th

    Aug 7

    Related FamilyTree.com genealogy blogs: Nationalization Index for Canada Library & Archives of Canada /> The Toronto, Canada Public Library has placed one million Canadian photos online as a digital archive. To the right side is the list of seven different categories of photos. They go from people, places in Toronto, buildings, farms, ...

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  • Using eBay

    Jul 29

    As has been suggested in the past (see related links below) there are many family heritage items to be found on eBay, the online auction and for sale site. Many have been located in estate sales or from other private collectors. You could find a diary written by an ancestors, a bill of sale for property, a letter or postcard addressed to an ancesto...

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  • What else can you Learn? Genealogy Ongoing

    Jul 26

    As is said many times ... you never 'finish' your family tree. There is always another branch or an ancestor with more details needed to help add greater substance to your family history. So that means to continually educate yourself on the newest and most efficient methods of research. Also don't overlook improving your writing skills as you put ...

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  • Japanese-American Confinement Camps of the 1940s

    Jul 21

    From the University of California at Berkeley is available online a database of Japanese-American Evaluation and Resettlement that occurred in America during the early years of World War Two. Many people are not truly aware of the events that happened to whole families who just happened to be Japanese ancestry, how they were forced to moved from...

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  • Videoing Family Stories

    Jul 17

    Oral family history is as old as families themselves. Long before writing, one's traditions and history were passed down to later generations by the telling verbally of family stories. True, many of the family stories become tales or legends over the years and not with all the actual truth that it started with. With writing of family stories, pr...

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  • Maryland Photos and Documents

    Jul 13

    The state of Maryland was one of the original 13 colonies and then a state, so its history is very long. Many of your ancestors may have lived at one time in Maryland. Available online is the statewide digitization program headquartered at the Enoch Pratt Free Library / State Library Resource Center in Baltimore. The name of the site is now Digital...

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  • Heart of Kansas – Photos

    Jul 7

    If your ancestors ever lived or worked in the 'Heart of America' ... that would have to be Kansas, either when it was a territory or later a state. So you will be interested in the large collection of information and photos from the University of Kansas. Check the collection of photographs first. Start by browsing the categories. Click on that l...

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  • Donate War Letters

    Jul 3

    The Center for American War Letters (CAWL) at Chapman University has a massive collection of every American conflict / war, beginning with handwritten messages composed during the American Revolutionary War in the 18th century and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan in the 21st century. The majority are personal letters to friend...

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  • Lost Skills and Talents of Our Ancestors

    Jun 27

    Just like many household and general items, such as the freestanding public telephone booths, are disappearing because there is now something newer and better (personal cell phones and smart phones), so too are some skills our ancestors possessed that are no longer needed or practiced. The housewives of yesteryear used some form of an hot iron t...

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  • Oral Family History

    Jun 21

    The authorities at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D. C. had stated that “it only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.” Our ancestors, especially because they many times did not read or write, had only oral history as a method to hand down family events, names and stories. So it was co...

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