family research

  • Research Newspapers For Your Ancestors

    Oct 18

    Ancestors have a long trail of documents from birth to death which can greatly assist the researcher. Most come from government agencies; either federal, state, county or city. There are also church records along with civic and fraternal organizations where information can be gathered on relatives. One of the great gold mines with a wealth of ...

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  • Know the Epidemics That Might Have Affected Your Ancestors

    Oct 18

    Epidemics have always had a great influence our ancestors, making it sometimes very difficult to trace what happened to the relatives. There are instances when individuals disappeared from most conventional records; tax rolls, deeds, voting records, censuses and the researcher does not know why. In many cases it could have been a major epidemic str...

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  • Saving Your Research

    Oct 18

    If you have only been working on your genealogy project for a few weeks or for years the number one activity you must complete is to make copies of your work. You start off most times by writing out your basic family tree, notes of sources and collecting vital records. Keep them secure in a notebook or filing cabinet. That beginning material s...

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  • Interviewing a Relative. 11 Key Questions to Ask.

    Oct 18

    One of the best sources for information and especially family stories are living relatives. Once you have created your basic pedigree chart, time should be spent interviewing relatives who might be able to add a significant amount of details to your chart. The following is suggestions on how to approach the interview and what questions may possibly...

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  • Discovering Those Elusive Relatives

    Oct 18

    Many hours are expended gathering the names, dates and locations for your family pedigree chart, along with verifying the information. However, there are always a few blanks, those relatives for whom all you know is the name; “Grandpa Frank.” Or worse, you have no name of any form, just a total blank in your lineage. There are also the situatio...

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  • An Ancestor’s Given Name

    Oct 18

    The use of one, two or even three and four given names added to the family surname for a newborn baby is a fairly recent family tradition. The naming of a baby is not taken lightly, but rather is a matter of tradition, heritage, and respect to another person, relative, virtue, religion or institution. Centuries ago when a person might be named b...

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  • What is Genealogy?

    Oct 13

    Genealogy has had a surge of popularity over the last 30 years. However, it has continuously been of interest and importance to people for hundreds of years. Those of noble birth in the European courts especially needed to know their lineage to determine who was actually in line for the crown. The term ‘genealogy’ is the study of family ance...

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