genealogy research

  • Comical Family History Sayings

    Oct 5

    Every hobby or occupation has its funny and humorous sayings -- genealogy (family history) is no exception. Here is a sampling and see how many describe you and your family research to a 'T'. Genealogy is all about 'chasing your tale.' If your family members won’t talk about a particular relative (a black sheep) that means it is really int...

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  • Props in Photos – Real Life?

    Oct 1

    When gathering, scanning then labeling your vintage photos, don't always believe everything in a photo, especially those before and just after the beginning of the 20th century. It was quite common to have one's portrait or a group family photo taken by a photographer and props were added. There might be a radio in the scene, but the family didn't...

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  • Family Secrets – What to Do?

    Sep 19

    As you proceed through your family history research, you will already have heard about or even come across what can be called 'Family Secrets'. They were generally the forbidden family subjects, not to be spoken or written about for generations. However, as you work on your family tree, each person should count and not just as a name and date, b...

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  • Severe Mistakes in doing Genealogical Research

    Sep 13

    There might be severe mistakes unbeknownst to you as far as working on your family tree. The following is a list of just a few. Check and correct, if necessary, any such errors. First, see that you place a source for all your research. It can save you from redoing the same search a couple years later and you will have a listing to back up where ...

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  • Think Outside the Box. Genealogy Research Tips.

    Sep 7

    That is what you need to do to find any and all available resources that might have information on your ancestors. The following are a few such ideas: (Family ranch brand, drivers license, and the Federal Writer's Project) If your family had a ranch, do check the state recorder of marks and brands. It was later titled the Livestock Board. Here w...

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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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  • Chicago Tribune Online 1847-1991

    Aug 17

    The Chicago area with a long history, if you had any relatives in or around this city by Lake Michigan, you have to investigate what may have written about the person, a business, a neighborhood or just the times in Chicago. Besides news articles there are photos, comics, obituaries, classified and display advertising. The Chicago Tribune has pl...

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  • Children as Immigrants

    Jul 24

    Who said history doesn't repeat itself?? A hundred years ago many of our ancestors faced the same situation as is happening today along the Arizona and Texas borders with thousands of children without parents or guardians coming across the United States border for a new life. A hundred years ago many alarmists painted incoming immigrants on ships ...

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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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  • Evernote & Google Keep for Storage

    Jul 5

    With many people having a computer, tablet, laptop, Smartphone or I-Phone, it has been very easy to make and keep handy notes, photos and information. Anyone working on their family history does need a convenient method of collecting information on relatives, then storage.  One of methods to assist this technology is a software program titled '...

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