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  • Criminals Sent to Australia

    Sep 19

    There were about 160,000 convicts were transported to Australia in total during the 19th century – to empty out the overcrowded English jails. Many people today can claim their ancestors of those English and Irish convicts. It is an interesting story whether you had such an ancestor or not. For what reasons would a convict be sent to the wilds o...


  • Constitution Day – Sept 17th

    Sep 15

    This is an important day for all Americans. The basis of whole history and lifestyle is that the United States is governed by a written constitution. It was on September 17, 1787, that 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, meeting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania signed the newly drafted U.S. Constitution. This ...


  • Great Tidbits about your Family’s Ancestors

    Sep 11

    You wonder sometimes 'why you spend time researching your ancestors'. Besides learning who, when and where there can be so much more to learn about them and their lives. It then helps you see where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Some of the types of tidbits or small treasures of information you might learn about any ancestor i...


  • Check Local Newspapers for Info on Pre-Wedding

    Sep 9

    Using your local hometown newspapers have so many great potentials for family history information. One major area overlooked are the many events before a family wedding. Yes, you want the newspaper to announce and maybe even a wedding photo of the bride and groom but there is also much to be learned if you can locate articles in reference to the co...


  • 50 States’ Archives

    Sep 5

    All the 50 US states keep archives relating to people, places, businesses and events covering the state's history. This may have been a resource you have not investigated to date. If you have, did you only do the states you ancestors live in or did you do also the bordering states? State archives have been made digital, so you can now go to any of...


  • Anything or Place Named after an Ancestor?

    Sep 1

    As you work gathering names and information for your family tree, you can see given and surnames repeated over the generations. Children and grandchildren named for their ancestors. It has always been a common practice. However, an interesting twist is to see if any object, street, building, landmark or place was named for an ancestor. Once locate...


  • Two Hundred and Twenty-Eight Years

    Aug 31

    With August 2018 it has been 228 years since the first U. S. Census was taken in August 1790. Doing any type of family history research you are very dependent on using any census. If your ancestors date back before 1790 that is many censuses to cover to bring your family to mid-20th century. But why that first census? As written in the U. S. Cons...


  • Immigrants to American Shores

    Aug 25

    We all have some immigrants who came from a family homeland in another country to resettle in America. The online database with has even more records added to the collection of passengers arriving in New York between 1820 and 1950s. Keep in mind there would also be travelers, born American citizens who would have traveled by ships ...


  • Family Lineage Names

    Aug 23

    Most people enjoying doing their family history and genealogy to especially see how far back they can trace their ancestors. One aspect that helps in identifying ancestors are names – given and surnames. Many children are named for a relative so that name can be carried on for generations. The same is true of naming a child with a family surname...


  • Visa Files 1924-1944

    Aug 19

    It began in 1924 with a new law, the Visa Files becoming the official arrival records of immigrants admitted for permanent residence between July 1, 1924, and March 31, 1944. This could have been the time frame your ancestors came to America. All arriving non-citizens were required to present a visa when applying for admission to the United States...