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  • Archives for Photos

    Apr 11

    You might not have thought you could find photos of family members in a state's, or county's archives but it is possible. First, see what archives for a state, region or county are available. Whenever visiting any size archive (this includes Museums), always ask about their Photograph Collection. The archivist may first give you an index to look th...

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  • Ancestor NOT on a Census – Why?

    Apr 9

    We all have at least one ancestor who we believe was alive but we can not find them on a specific census year record. There can be reasons a relative was not counted on a certain census year. Here are a few of the ideas. Many people were out of town and missed the count – especially traveling for work, such as salesmen or workers for a railroa...

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  • Locating Obituaries for Female Relatives

    Apr 7

    Because of maiden names, and what could be numerous married names, it can be difficult to locate an obituary on a female relative. The following are some suggestions to help in the search. A common practice in more recent years is for families to place a free obituary write-up with the funeral home online rather than a paid newspaper obituary. So ...

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  • List of Pastors and Ministers

    Apr 5

    What a great resource, a listing and information of pastors and ministers in the United States over the decades. With presently a listing online of 92,104 individuals, there are many to investigate. Not all pastors and ministers listed but quite a few for sure. The listing starts in letter order by surnames, but you can also do a search using spec...

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  • UK: Erskine, for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers

    Apr 3

    Any British, Irish or Scottish soldiers from World War I and beyond, that might have been injured and would have needed an amputation could have been treated at the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers (now known as Erskine). Online now is the admission's register, covering the period from 1916 -1936, which shows the patients ...

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  • School Yearbooks

    Apr 1

    Yes, one of those resources many times overlooked by researchers. Now if there was one or two yearbooks in the family held onto by relatives, you are in luck. Do ask various family members. But you might not have access to your father's yearbook or your grandmother's yearbook. Imagine locating a nice portrait of your grandmother when she was age 19...

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  • Digital Genealogical Documents

    Mar 27

    Not everything is found in hard copy / print form now-a-days. Any online databases will have the record / document or photo in digital format. So what for sure should be done with such digital images? First, you need to SAVE (download) that document to your computer / tablet or smartphone. Then rename the document when it is saved so it can be loc...

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  • Unusual and Overlooked Aspects of Ancestors’ Lives

    Mar 25

    Some life events that our ancestors faced from the 18th and 19th century and well into the 20th century people have forgotten about. Here are a few to examine and see if was a factor in the lives of your ancestors. More than likely it was important. Starting with females, they were treated as second-class citizens in many locations. Even if they d...

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  • Souvenir Books

    Mar 21

    It is so helpful to locate postcards and vintage photos of the family hometowns, especially those covering the years our ancestors lived there. There might even be scenes from the streets or neighborhoods and businesses connected with your ancestors. Here is another overlooked resource that provides similar images .. a 'Souvenir Book'. This concep...

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  • Following a Hunch

    Mar 19

    There could well be a dead-end relative on one or more of the family tree branches. This is where you investigate beyond the known to the unknown. It could be a relative (and you might not be sure of that) for whom you have no parents, no immigration record, no siblings. You can then form a theory. Maybe it's a theory based on facts from their hom...

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