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  • Saving A Piece of History for Future Generations. Four Resources.

    Oct 18

    A family historian is always on the lookout for any photo, document, vital record, letter, or receipt that helps piece together the threads of life about an ancestor. Besides checking with other family members, including some newly located distance cousins, one never knows where the next fascinating old photo or letter might surface on the Internet...

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  • The Freedom of Information Act

    Oct 18

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) became law on July 4, 1967. However, it only applies to Federal agencies, not state, county or city governments for providing data in federal files on private citizens. The following are some of the agencies with files available to genealogists. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Social Securit...

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  • Social Security Death Index and S. S. Records

    Oct 18

    Social Security Records and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) are great resources for investigating about your more recent ancestors. It was August 1935, when the first Social Security applications were filled out in the United States. The cards with a person’s name and social security number were then issued in early 1936. Years later socia...

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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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  • Interviewing a Relative. 11 Key Questions to Ask.

    Oct 18

    One of the best sources for information and especially family stories are living relatives. Once you have created your basic pedigree chart, time should be spent interviewing relatives who might be able to add a significant amount of details to your chart. The following is suggestions on how to approach the interview and what questions may possibly...

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  • Utilizing Family History Library and its Centers

    Oct 18

    Since 1894, the number one guardian of family records has been the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), along with the Genealogical Society of Utah. Over the years the organization has assisted people across the world connect with their ancestors. They have improved the methods of gathering, collecting and then preserving countless...

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