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  • Shared Ancestors–Cousins Day

    Jul 23

    That is the wonderful part of having cousins, even second cousins, you share common ancestors. With the date of July 24th, it is a good day to recognize your cousins as great family members and the shared heritage. First cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles (your parents' siblings). Second cousins would be the children of your great a...


  • Seeking Boston Irish

    Jul 1

    That could be your family tree search title, Irish immigrates coming to Boston, Massachusetts. Yet, if that is your case, there is a database (by Boston College) now available online with the advertisements placed in the Boston newspaper 'Boston Pilot'. From October 1831 to October 1921 (90 years) the Boston Pilot newspaper printed a “Missing Fri...


  • Old Reel-to-Reel or VCR Tapes

    Jun 19

    There could be a collection of family 16 mm or 8 mm or Super 8 reel films or VCR tapes that were made years ago that everyone has forgotten about. Well, this is your reminder -- SAVE them NOW. Generally, the vintage 8 mm and 16 mm films on reels that your grandparents made in the 1940s and 1950s may have held up against the march of time, but only ...


  • Father’s Day Ideas

    Jun 15

    On Sunday, June 18th, 2017 will be Father's Day. A great idea is make your father and / or grandfather your genealogical focus that day and hopefully future days. First, make the plans to spend time with him, and set aside time to interview him. Bring a tape recorder and a notebook to take notes. The interview and series of questions don't have to...


  • Mathew B. Brady’s Civil War Photos

    Jun 13

    The most renown photographer during the American Civil War was Mathew B. Brady, who along with his skilled staff, (Alexander Gardner, James F. Gibson, Timothy O'Sullivan, James Gardner, and Egbert Guy Fox) documented the people and events during the war 1861-1865. Since so many of your ancestors somehow were involved and certainly affected during t...


  • History of Ancestors and Gardens.

    Jun 7

    The practice of having a garden, whether those with flowers or those as a source of food, has been a very long-time custom and practice for people years ago and still today. So the first week of June is recognized as National Gardening Week. National Gardening Week is a wonderful, week-long event. It is both a celebration, and an educational oppor...


  • Memorial Day -Town Honors Its Own

    May 29

    It is always interesting to see what local heroes a town honors over the years. Memorial Day - in remembering its own past and fallen soldiers is a good place to see if any ancestors of yours have been, or might in the future, be honored by their hometown. A good example is the story in Stuart, Florida as it honors with a special monument and bronz...


  • 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 ...


  • 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...


  • 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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