family tree research

  • Picking a Title for Each Layout

    Jul 9

    In some ways, picking a title for your heritage layout is a little easier. After all, you can always use dates and names as the title of your scrapbook pages. However, picking a creative title can add a lot more to your scrapbooking page! It is just as acceptable, of course, to choose something like, "1880" for the title, or "Ethington Family". But...

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  • Searching for Immigrant Ancestors at the Boston Port

    Jul 9

    Researchers too often just think of their immigrant ancestors landing in Ellis Island in New York.  Yet, this major port for new arrivals did not open until January 1, 1892.  From that point until 1954, millions of immigrants were handled at Ellis Island, the first Federal government processing center. Before 1892, millions of earlier immigran...

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  • Hidden Family Talents

    Jul 6

    Do you have a hidden talent? Lots of people do. I think of my own family and there are lots of talents there. I look at my great-grandmother, for example. She was a painter. I own only one of her paintings, but have seen many of them. Looking at her during the last years of her life (she lived to be 105) the average person may never have known that...

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  • Copying the Details Found on Headstones

    Jul 5

    All family history researchers check for vital records, but one source many times overlooked is the headstone of an ancestor. Locating the cemetery and then the headstone of an ancestor just might produce some answers to a few long sought questions. A popular practice when visiting a family plot at a cemetery is to make some rubbings of the head...

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  • Any Ancestors during the American Revolution?

    Jul 3

    This is the time of the year many family history researchers reflect on the possibly that they may have some ancestors who lived during or even served during the War for American Independence.  Before beginning, one must have verified that they had ancestors who lived between 1776 and 1783, the war years. Many people immediately figure if they ...

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  • The Title Page for Your Heritage Album

    Jun 30

    In my recent article, Questions for Starting Your First Heritage Album, I addressed some of the questions you should ask yourself before even getting started on your first heritage scrapbook. Let's assume you've asked yourself these questions, have the answers, and have some materials in hand. Where do you actually start scrapbooking when it comes ...

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  • Questions for Starting Your First Heritage Album

    Jun 29

    When starting a heritage album for the first time, it can seem intimidating. But, it doesn't have to be! There is no right or wrong way to scrapbook. It is all about being creative and preserving history, so you can't really mess it up. If you have the attitude that you are going to have fun with it, it really does take the pressure off! So wher...

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  • LowCountry Africana

    Jun 29

    The key period of time for many African Americans searching for their Southern ancestors is with the 1870 U. S. federal Census.  This census was the first to name individual blacks by name. Anything before then was by a listing of the enslaved people with Wills, estate sales or slave schedules. One region of the South known as the Low Country c...

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  • Finding Birth-Marriage-Death Records in Cook Co., Illinois

    Jun 27

    Locating vital records (birth, marriage and death) are essential for all family researchers.  These are the primary sources to determine who, what and where an ancestor’s life existed. With more local and state governmental agencies realizing the importance of making these records available on the Internet, the Cook County Clerk’s Bureau of Vi...

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  • Using CyndisList to Search for Anything

    Jun 25

    Since 1996, Cyndi Howells has single handily amassed a mammoth collection of genealogical links and is available online for use by anyone, anywhere, with no fee or subscription.  It is called CyndisList with nearly 300,000 categorized links to every conceivable topic any researcher would be interested in, the site continues to  provide an essenti...

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