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  • Alien Registration

    May 23

    In the 20th century during the Great War -1917-1919 (WW One) and the Second World War (1940-1945), in the United States those individuals not citizens were classified as 'alien residents.' During each of those wars, the aliens residents had to register. Online with the Naturalization Records you can search to see what is available on any of your ...

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  • Tell Your Mom’s Story

    May 17

    Did you spend a nice day with your mother on Mother's Day? One of the easiest relatives to document and tell their life story would be your mother. Not all individuals of course, but most will have their mother still alive or recently passed (using another person) making it easier to get their story. Start by making notes of what you do know alrea...

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  • Georgia Confederate Muster Rolls

    May 15

    The State of Georgia Archives has made available online their Civil War Confederate Muster Rolls. In the search box at the top, you can place a surname and a list of digital muster rolls will appear with the Battalion, Regiment, and Unit along with the full date of that listing. Muster rolls are listing of those soldiers in the unit as of the date ...

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  • Civil War Pension Files and Letters

    May 11

    Two very important documents, if you have any for an ancestor during the American Civil War, would be their military pension file and any letters they wrote back home. The following is a good example of both in helping to tell the final days of one American, Wesley Wagoner in 1863. The 76th Pennsylvania infantry regiment along with four companie...

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  • Using Facebook

    May 5

    Social Media is everywhere; Facebook, Twitter, and emails are a major part of everyone's life today. Use that method of communication to help you in your own family research. Where else can you network with groups of people from around the world and talk about family history, whenever you want? There are many, many, groups and pages on Facebook. ...

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  • May – Historic Preservation Month

    May 3

    Historic Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1971 to provide examples of local preservation efforts in America. Preservation Month during May is observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, historical speake...

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  • Between 1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses

    May 1

    Only a few states took part in 1885 in the semi-decennial census suggested by the Federal government in 1879. It was for most states and territories to do their own state census, but unfortunately ... they did not. They would not realize how important the 1885 state census would be in the future. With the fire nearly destroying the 1890 Federal Cen...

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  • North Carolina Newspapers

    Apr 29

    Newspapers of any time period can be so helpful in doing your family research. For example, I just came across an article from July 1930 in Texas for a friend that proved that her mother and aunt did go out to California after winning a beauty contest in Florida for a movie screen test. They had stopped to visit a family friend in Texas and because...

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  • Follow the Clues in a Photo

    Apr 27

    Who doesn't have a stack of vintage unlabeled photos? You need some ideas to assist labeling who, when and where in the image. Take each one and exam it carefully. You just might then notice a certain physical family characteristic. Compare with known images of relatives. I did just that when I located a photo of my father when he was 9 years old....

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  • How to Approach Doing the Research

    Apr 21

    You will find that the approach to doing your family history can make a world of difference on your success. Number one - do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time. Next - be patient. This mixes with the ...

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