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  • ArchiveGrid

    Sep 23

    You have worked many hours researching relatives on your family tree. Yet, you wonder, are you missing something, have you overlooked a source. Using 'ArchiveGrid' from WorldCat.org, you can have a list of for a specific hometown. It resources number over 5 million records from over 1,000 archival institutions. On the homepage for ArchiveGrid, you...

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  • Women as Businesswomen

    Sep 21

    Whether you realized it or not, females have played a major role in town businesses for decades. Especially during times of war, it was the female ancestors who stepped up to the plate to keep things running on the homefront. The American Revolution (1776-1783) - There was Mary Elizabeth Goddard, who by 1774 ran solely the family two prints newsp...

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  • Old Letters or a Diary

    Sep 17

    If you are fortunate to have located one or more old letters written to or by an ancestor or better yet, a diary or journal or even vintage postcards, they kept for any length of time, you now have a treasure of insight to that ancestor's life during a certain time frame. True, many of such letters or a diary can be plain, general daily life experi...

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  • Common Misspellings

    Sep 13

    Oh, there is a list of very common misspellings to terms used in relationship with your family history research. One of the most common yet with also acceptable but confusing spellings is Descendent and Descendant. Note the last three letters can be 'ent' or 'ant'. Both are acceptable in reference to a person descended from a specified person bas...

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  • Digital Access in the Future

    Sep 7

    Scanning your treasure family photos and documents is very necessary. However, make sure you also have all those scanned images on several different storage devices -- including flash drives, discs, external and portable storage devices. Plus make sure other members of the family have copies or copies are kept in a safe deposit box. Now that takes ...

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  • Images of America

    Sep 5

    Knowing more about your specific family and its heritage also means learning more about the family hometown. Using postcards, local libraries, museums can prove to be excellent resources in discovering about the place your ancestors call home. There is also a long-standing published series of books by Arcadia Publishing which might just have that ...

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  • Google Newspaper Archives

    Sep 3

    Newspapers are a wonderful resource to learn more about families, individuals or businesses in a family hometown. The are several fee subscription databases for newspapers available, but there is also the Free Google Newspaper Archives. If you have not attempted to use it, give it a try for sure. Even if it has been awhile since you did a search u...

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  • Kindred Spirits

    Sep 1

    Have you thought about the concept that you -- a descendant -- may be very much like an ancestor - one you never meet or knew?? As you do the research on the family tree including the branches, such as great aunts and uncles, you just might strike a cord or a 'Kindred Spirit' with one or two of those ancestors. You might find so much in common, bet...

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  • Label Family Photos

    Aug 31

    It has happened countless times, you have a box with treasured family photos covering many decades and there are no names for the individuals in the photos, no location or time frame. If only your ancestors had labeled those photos!! Well, don't you be guilty of that lack of labeling. If you scan all your photos and have them labeled that method, ...

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  • Missing Documents and Vital Records?

    Aug 25

    Oh yes, it can happen, there can be one or more ancestors of your direct lineage of your family tree where you can not locate any document or vital records (a paper trail) to support or learn more about that ancestor. Very frustrating for sure!! Here are some ideas of how to gather some information on that ancestor. First check and do the researc...

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