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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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  • PA Soldiers in the Civil War

    Jun 29

    During the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War there is so much data online to assist the family history researcher. If you had ancestors who lived or served with any of the Pennsylvania units, the online site "Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War" might be able to provide some answers in your search. It contains the state's infantry...

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  • Languages Across the United States

    Jun 19

    Generally you think of everyone speaking English in the United States, in the past and today. If you had ancestors coming from Italy at the beginning of the 20th Century, they may have never learned English and only their children or grandchildren were the first to speak English and also know and understand Italian. This same situation happened ...

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