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  • California Genealogy

    Oct 19

    With great physically diverse lands in California and being large-sized it has attracted all types of people over the years. The state has hills, mountains, great forests, Pacific Ocean border, valley regions and deserts. The Spanish expedition led by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, first sailed on the Pacific west coast from Mexico in 1542. Settl...

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  • Arkansas Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The lands of Arkansas with its natural resources include abundant water; vast forests of quick-growing pines and valuable hardwoods. There are extensive deposits of oil, natural gas, and many other minerals. The first Europeans were Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition which crossed the Mississippi River to Arkansas in 1541, spending several ...

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  • Arizona Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The lands of Arizona had been under Spain and then Mexico’s control and influence for centuries. Before the Europeans were the native Indian tribes of Navajos, Apache, Hopi and Zuni, some dating back to 15,000 BC. Centuries before the Spanish; the Hopi and Zuni had their cliff-dwelling villages. The Apache and Navajos had established villages...

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  • Alaska Genealogy

    Oct 19

    The huge state of Alaska is massive in land size rather than population. One notable different is in the large number of native American Indians, which would be important in Alaska genealogy, who have resided in this region for centuries. The southeastern coastal Indians tribes are Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The Athabaskan tribes are in th...

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  • Alabama Genealogy

    Oct 19

    White Inhabitants in the area of what would become Alabama date back to explorers from Spain in the early 1500s. Over the years, Spain, France and England have laid claim to portions of the land. With the beginning of 1700s, French settlers were established near present-day Mobile. From the mid-1700s to 1800 with various wars among the Europeans,...

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  • 1890 Census

    Oct 18

    Working with the U. S. Federal censuses from 1790 to 1930 are wonderful sources for learning about one’s ancestors. You are fortunate if you can locate and follow an ancestor over decades. It provides real insight of occupations, family members, where they lived, if they served in the military or owned property. The U. S. Federal census was ...

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  • Famous Ancestors?

    Oct 18

    Anyone who has started genealogical research has hoped to come across a famous ancestor. Maybe Daniel Boone was a third great granduncle or Martha Washington was a distance cousin. It is fun and a bit intriguing to think of the possibilities. Then there are the family legends and tales handed down over the generations of being related to a well-...

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  • Importance of Collateral Lines

    Oct 18

    Everyone has collateral lines in the family tree. Those are the relatives who are not part of direct lineage, but of the same ancestral line. Such ancestors would be the uncles, aunts, granduncles, second cousins and in-laws of the family. When completing a family tree it is the direct lineage that is recorded, such as parents, grandparents,...

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  • Deception and Swindles in Genealogy

    Oct 18

    There can be genealogical web sites on the Internet which make fraudulent claims. Certain things should be checked before signing up for any program. One good item is if the site offers a free trial. It can be for a week, 14 days or a month. Test out the site, see if it is what you really need and can use successfully. Look for a contact addre...

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  • Using City Directories

    Oct 18

    City directories date back to around 1700 in the United States region. They can provide the names of it citizens, their home and business addresses, spouse's name plus other people who live in the same household. For the family historian the information in city directories can open up new information previously unknown. Identification of an a...

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