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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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  • Searching Common Surnames

    Oct 18

    One of the most frustrating research projects is looking for an ancestor who has a very common surname. To see what a researcher is up against, in the United States alone there are some 2,000 common surnames. Ranked as number one most common surname in the United States is ‘Smith.’ Then, follows the next nine names based on the 2000 U. S....

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  • Understanding Differences

    Oct 18

    The Difference in Baptism and Christening One of the major primary sources in genealogical research is locating a baptism record. These were issued at the time of a baby, child or even adult’s bestowing of their Christian name and the person’s identification with Christianity and the church. The term, christening, is also used. Is there...

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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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  • Fun Activities to Go with Your Genealogy

    Oct 18

    Working on genealogy is a hobby and a very rewarding one. However, there are fun activities that complement this hobby. First, would be making a special exhibit of your newly created family tree. It may not be completed, but even with a small start, it makes a nice display. Many places in craft stores and online genealogy supply sites have ar...

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  • Investigating an Ancestor’s Siblings

    Oct 18

    In the early stages of researching your ancestors, you keep with the direct lineage, those parents, grandparents, etc. However, you can early on run into a roadblock on a certain relative. There is a grandfather on your mother’s side in which you can not locate any of the basic data. Change the approach and look at other branches of that generati...

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  • Research the Hometowns of Your Ancestors

    Oct 18

    A family’s ancestral home can be a rural village, a small town, a medium-sized city or a large metropolis. Learning about the particular location; its people, occupations, traditions and history can give a researcher enormous insight into their own family. Traditionally individuals and their descendants remained in a given region for decades ...

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  • Learning Details about a Beloved Ancestor

    Oct 18

    After you have started investigating into your family history, you could develop a kindred feeling or spiritual bond with a certain ancestor. You may have known them when you were younger or they could have lived years before your birth. It is this unusual connection and longing to learn as much as possible about a particular relative that almost...

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  • Steps Along the Genealogy Path

    Oct 18

    When first beginning your genealogy search you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the vastness of documenting so many relatives. Look at it as a journey, one step at a time along a path and you will eventually reach your goals. The first thing needed is to create a basic pedigree chart, listing your parents, grandparents, great parents as best you ca...

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  • Best Subscription or Fee Genealogical Websites

    Oct 18

      There is a vast assortment of websites created over the last 15 years to aid the genealogical researcher. The following is an essential list of fee-based web sites that should become familiar to every researcher. The major advantage for using a subscription database is the time it saves rather than writing to repositories, churches, libr...

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