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  • Searching Common Surnames

    Oct 18

    One of the most frustrating research projects is looking for an ancestor who has a very common surname. To see what a researcher is up against, in the United States alone there are some 2,000 common surnames. Ranked as number one most common surname in the United States is ‘Smith.’ Then, follows the next nine names based on the 2000 U. S....

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  • Understanding Differences

    Oct 18

    The Difference in Baptism and Christening One of the major primary sources in genealogical research is locating a baptism record. These were issued at the time of a baby, child or even adult’s bestowing of their Christian name and the person’s identification with Christianity and the church. The term, christening, is also used. Is there...

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  • Saving Your Research

    Oct 18

    If you have only been working on your genealogy project for a few weeks or for years the number one activity you must complete is to make copies of your work. You start off most times by writing out your basic family tree, notes of sources and collecting vital records. Keep them secure in a notebook or filing cabinet. That beginning material s...

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  • Fun Activities to Go with Your Genealogy

    Oct 18

    Working on genealogy is a hobby and a very rewarding one. However, there are fun activities that complement this hobby. First, would be making a special exhibit of your newly created family tree. It may not be completed, but even with a small start, it makes a nice display. Many places in craft stores and online genealogy supply sites have ar...

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  • Investigating an Ancestor’s Siblings

    Oct 18

    In the early stages of researching your ancestors, you keep with the direct lineage, those parents, grandparents, etc. However, you can early on run into a roadblock on a certain relative. There is a grandfather on your mother’s side in which you can not locate any of the basic data. Change the approach and look at other branches of that generati...

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  • Research the Hometowns of Your Ancestors

    Oct 18

    A family’s ancestral home can be a rural village, a small town, a medium-sized city or a large metropolis. Learning about the particular location; its people, occupations, traditions and history can give a researcher enormous insight into their own family. Traditionally individuals and their descendants remained in a given region for decades ...

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  • Link Up with Researchers Interested in Your Surname

    Oct 18

    Family history researchers with the same surname you’re investigating can produce some of the most valuable sources by reaching out to link up. Between family heirlooms, diaries and Bible records to the research done by other people, a wealth of information can be learned and shared. The following are some of the most fruitful places to start ...

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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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  • Steps Along the Genealogy Path

    Oct 18

    When first beginning your genealogy search you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the vastness of documenting so many relatives. Look at it as a journey, one step at a time along a path and you will eventually reach your goals. The first thing needed is to create a basic pedigree chart, listing your parents, grandparents, great parents as best you ca...

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