Heritage

  • Shocking Things to Learn about Your Ancestors

    Jul 21

      Sometimes you think you know all about your great grandmother or a great uncle, but the part that might shock you the most to learn is their everyday life style, the social customs of the day. Things have changed over the last 50 plus years and so has how people act in their everyday lives. Here are some examples of some surprising element...

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  • Got a Spare Moment?

    Jul 18

      So you think you don't have enough time to spend on doing your family history --- yes you do ! It is all how you approach and use your time. Here are a few ideas of making some headway in your research in just a few moments. Review just one branch at a time and write the name of the ancestor you have the least information about. Now that ...

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  • Texan Marriages 1837 – 1977

    Jul 17

    The big 'Lone Star' state of Texas has had many people come through, visit and live over the decades ... perhaps even some of your relatives. If they lived in any of the bordering states / territories such as Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas or New Mexico, they may have gone to Texas to be married. Available on FamilySearch.org is a free d...

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  • Australian Records – Ryerson Index

    Jul 15

    The Ryerson Index Online Database contains 5,030,350 death notices and obituaries from 285 different Australian newspapers. If you have had any ancestors who may have died in British Territory and later nation of Australia, this is a must online site to check. The exception might be those military servicemen from other nations who died during Wor...

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  • UPDATED – Helpful Forms and Sheets

    Jul 13

      Organization is so important when doing your family history. Remember you are recording and looking up about two major family branches — your mother’s and your father’s side. Each of those branches had two more branches, your grandparents, so now you have four major branches. If you don’t use some helpful forms and organizational sh...

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  • ‘Juicy’ Stories About Your Ancestors

    Jul 11

    Whether you are just starting or have been working on your family tree for while, you might think there are no interesting, fascinating or intriguing stories about your relatives. The real life facts are that every family tree does have interesting stories about their ancestors -- it is just a matter of uncovering them. Most of the time family ta...

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  • Other Methods to Find Someone in the Census

    Jul 9

    Oh, it happens so many times, you can't find an ancestor in a specific federal census. They were still living, so why can't you find them? You do have to think outside the 'box' to find some relatives. First check census records for that ancestor before and after a specific census date. Find them in 1860, then in 1880 if you are looking for them...

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  • Human Error and your Family Tree

    Jul 5

      You quickly find there is alot of room for 'human error' when working on your family tree. First are the primary and then secondary resources you use. Census records, birth, marriage and death records are all important and considered primary sources. However, they were still created by a person -- so human error can be involved. I have neve...

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  • Photos Around the Globe

    Jul 1

    The online site of 'Fortepan' has a collection of over 51,868 photos from around the globe and dating back to the late 1890s and early 20th century. Any of the high resolution photos can be downloaded to your computer. There are descriptions along with a time frame for each. The variety is tremendous of images of buildings, streets, rural areas...

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  • Free Indexes on Ancestry.com

    Jun 29

    The Ancestry.com site (a subscription fee source) is a super collection of databases and records which can really benefit all family history researchers. However, many of their online databases through Ancestry.com are FREE and available for anyone to use even if you have no paid subscription. The list (scroll down) of available databases is tr...

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