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  • Will all our Genealogy Questions be Answered?

    Mar 4

    Laura June at The Verge wrote a very interesting, in depth, article that might make you look at genealogy in a different way. She wrote that the search for our ancestors is reaching its “end game”. Does that mean it is even more likely that all our genealogy questions will be answered? Historically speaking, genealogy started out as some...

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  • Find Your State

    Mar 4

    Pride in one's hometown state is just as strong now as it was decades ago. Since most of our ancestors generally remained in the same state their whole life, it is very important to learn as much as possible about that state and go over all available resources. Begin with a super overview of each of the 50 states from FamilyTree.com. If you had...

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  • USA — Cyndi’s List

    Mar 3

    With ancestors who lived in one or more locations across the United States, you will need to search each of those states and the counties in those states to learn more about those relatives. To assist in locating resources for each state is Cyndi's List on all the states in the United States along with the District of Columbia (Washington). Wit...

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  • What to Ask a Relative

    Mar 1

    Never miss an opportunity to interview or sit down and talk to a relative, even if they are about your same age, there just might be family information, names and even a few stories or two you have never heard about. Don't start with "Tell me everything you know on the family." That is too broad and won't start you on the right foot with this re...

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  • Short-Cuts on the Keyboard

    Feb 27

    It is always great to learn quick and easy methods for doing an activity. One that family history researchers and writers could use is how to preform short-cuts on their computer using the keyboard. It can be helpful for document or especially viewing and researching on a web site. Make a copy of those special short-cuts you might use the most ...

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  • How Much African Ancestry Does the Average African-American Have?

    Feb 26

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. asked, and answered, that question in an article he wrote for The Root. It is an interesting question. There are many genealogists who have African ancestry but have yet to discover exactly which part of Africa their ancestors were from. Henry Louis Gates Jr., for those who don't know, is an American literary critic, educat...

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  • Collecting Vital Records

    Feb 25

    In genealogy, vital records are referred to as primary and secondary sources. These written documents help provide the proof of an event in a person’s life. There are birth certificates, birth registrations, baptismal records, marriage licenses, wedding certificates, divorce records, death registrations, church records, funeral home records, ceme...

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  • Finding Those Female Ancestors

    Feb 25

    One of the toughest aspects in doing your family tree just might be locating information on a grandmother, great aunt, great grandmother - the female line. Because of those who marry, taking a new surname, the maiden name can get 'lost'. Here are a few ideas of how to locate some information on the ladies. Look over carefully birth, ma...

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  • Writing For Information

    Feb 24

    The numerous locations for data, records, photos and documents vary between governmental agencies, private individuals and genealogical societies. Contacting these individuals and organizations has become much easier by using electronic communications - emails and the Internet. Still acceptable are requests sent through the l vice. The followin...

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  • Starting Your Family Research

    Feb 24

    At the initiation of any family research, start with yourself. Using the basic pedigree chart, list your full name, birth and marriage dates and locations. It is also good to add your siblings with their information. You might be surprised to see a given name, such as; Nicholas, Elizabeth or Myrtle, appear in an earlier ancestor’s name, so you do...

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