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  • Collections of U.S. Historic Photos

    Nov 7

    There is a saying: "A photo is a window into the lives of your ancestors." Never were there truer words. Many of us would given anything to have some image of a grandmother, great uncle, etc., but don't give up -- many people have located images of ancestors they never knew existed. Yes, there will be some that were never taken, so of course don't ...

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  • Familypedia

    Oct 29

    Just like having an encyclopedia on family ancestors, the online site of Familypedia, is a web site with 167,770 online articles about deceased individuals plus another 277,546 genealogy-related pages and growing! People are encouraged to create a new web page for any individual at any time. The best is that any user can also edit each existing ...

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  • Great Chicago Fire

    Oct 8

    If you had ancestors living in the city of Chicago, Illinois in 1871, they were surely affected by the events of Sunday, October 8 through the 10th in that year. That rather hot day for October, was when a fire started on the O'Leary property on DeKoven Street about 9 p.m. There have been many theories as to what started the fire including the O'Le...

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  • Get Back on Track

    Oct 7

    Yes, it happens you have been away from actively doing your family tree and now you want to kick start the research. Or you have been working on the family history and are running into road blocks. Here are a few suggestions to 'get back on track' and have success. If you haven't already, go to the closest Family History Center (Church of the La...

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  • Copyright Photos

    Sep 3

    We all love to add photos to the family tree / scrapbook / history of our ancestors when we can locate them. However, there arises the question of copyright to photos. The law protecting the creator of a photo is copyright law. The first thing to determine is approximately when the photo was produced, especially if it was done in a professional ...

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  • Viewing Voter Registration Forms

    Aug 19

    A most interesting resource that you might want to consider is checking in the hometown or county of your ancestors and see if you can locate their original voter registration. Many of these vintage records have been made digital or microfilmed and could be in the city and / county government voter offices or in their archives. They could be in the...

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  • Nazi Poster Baby

    Aug 15

    You never know what might turn up in your family history. For one woman, the fascinating turn of events was not about a grandmother or great aunt, but rather her own childhood. Jacob and Pauline Levinsons (originally from Latvia) of Berlin, Germany on May 17, 1934 were proud parents of a baby daughter, named Hessy. At age six months that had the b...

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  • Ways to Inspire Others to Learn their Family History

    Aug 12

    People who are not genealogists aren't always very interested in learning about their family history. Many see the research required as a tedious, time consuming, task. It looks a lot more like “homework” than like something that would be fun. Fortunately, there are ways to inspire people to learn their family history. The trick is to spark the...

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  • Family Desserts

    Aug 9

    Nothing brings back fond memories like your favorite desserts. Some are classics like chocolate cake or apple pie, however your family may have some family favorites that are special just to your family. Different desserts can be created and handled down through the generations. They can also be more a cultural favorite. Maybe it is only on specia...

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  • ‘Fresh’ Eyes

    Jul 15

    You have worked and worked to try to locate a specific item about an ancestor. With no success -- it is referred to as 'hitting' a brick wall. Every researcher -- numerous times will experience that feeling. You just can't locate a certain bit of information. While attending a genealogical program recently, the speaker covered about not finding ...

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