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  • Marriage Records 1886-1970 for Washington Co., MD

    Aug 13

    Every family researcher loves to find marriage records for relatives because of the information such a document can provide. Online now from Washington County Free Library of Maryland are the digitally scanned records for marriages occurring in Washington County from 1886 to 1970 – nearly 100 years worth. Now you might think, you had no relati...


  • Baltimore City Directories

    Aug 9

    Any time, any place you locate a city directory for where an ancestor lived, you have a gold mine. True, each type of city directory can vary but most have the person's name, home address, occupation, spouse, and work location. has a full listing for city directories that are scanned and view-able for the city of Baltimore, Mar...


  • Translating Documents

    Aug 7

    You look high and low for every bit of documentation about your ancestor you can locate. Those found journals, vital records, documents help prove and clarify the bits and pieces about the life of an ancestor. So when a new document is located you want to understand everything written on it … only problem can be is if it was written in a langua...


  • Illegal Border Crosses–For Centuries

    Jul 29

    Totally in the newspaper headlines in 2018 are about illegal border crossings, yet few realized it has been happening for decades, even centuries in the Americas. This is especially true of Canada and the American colonies / states. An example, Ontario, Canada was created by political refugees coming from the new United States. Those who fled the...


  • The Other Witch Trials

    Jul 27

    Most everyone has read or heard of the Salem, Massachusetts witch trials of 1692 in colonial America, where 20 people (women and a couple men) thought to be 'witches' were put on trial and many put to death when found guilty. Yet, mostly unknown there were hundreds more from miles outside of Salem who were accused and spent time in jail before the ...


  • U. S. Military Exemptions

    Jul 21

    You may have searched in numerous records and databases and not found if an ancestor ever served in the American military. Generally, a male served in the military for some period during their life regardless of state or territory he lived or what time period his life covered. If they really didn't serve, one major reason would be they were exempt ...


  • 1700-1880 – Descendants of Mayflower Passengers

    Jul 19

    Using the online database “American Ancestors” you can search your ancestors and see if they were descendants from the passengers of the 1620 Mayflower ship. Use the form to search placing an ancestor who would have lived from 1700 to 1880. If they lived 1881 to 1969 it won't work. Plus have an idea if you believe your ancestors went back to t...


  • Homestead Act

    Jul 17

    Did the Homestead Act of 1862 and the movement of families to the American Western frontier after 1865 change your family tree? Those two events had a sizable effect on families who had lived for decades along the eastern coast to the Appalachian Mountains and now whole families or individuals left their hometowns to head west for a new life. The ...


  • Ireland Illustrated 1680-1860

    Jul 11

    With any ancestors from Ireland, there wasn't always photos available of the earlier years – say before 1860 (because photography was a very new invention). So instead it is great to see that many illustrations (drawings) were done of places and people in Ireland over the decades, mostly from travel accounts. The online site, Ireland Illustrated...


  • FamilySearch Collections

    Jul 7

    If you have not used recently or at all, the FamilySearch online site or the material at any local Family History Center operated b the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, you are missing a golden opportunity. The is always adding to its collections. Just the United States collections number 1,114 with titles such as: Alabama Deaths ...