Heritage

  • The Family Theme

    Mar 29

    It may not have occurred to you but your family lineage may have some type of theme over the decades. Example: your ancestors may have moved every generation to a new frontier area trying to better their life style. Those of course can be the hardest family tree group to trace and keep track of where they lived. Then the family theme of those who ...

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  • Digital Genealogical Documents

    Mar 27

    Not everything is found in hard copy / print form now-a-days. Any online databases will have the record / document or photo in digital format. So what for sure should be done with such digital images? First, you need to SAVE (download) that document to your computer / tablet or smartphone. Then rename the document when it is saved so it can be loc...

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  • Unusual and Overlooked Aspects of Ancestors’ Lives

    Mar 25

    Some life events that our ancestors faced from the 18th and 19th century and well into the 20th century people have forgotten about. Here are a few to examine and see if was a factor in the lives of your ancestors. More than likely it was important. Starting with females, they were treated as second-class citizens in many locations. Even if they d...

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  • What is Needed in a Family History Book / File?

    Mar 23

    As you research and gather info on ancestors, you do eventually want to create a full family history book or a complete file, whether in print or in digital format. Yet, what is contained in a family history book or file? Here are some suggestions. You don't need all but having as many as possible does enrich the family history for future generati...

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  • Souvenir Books

    Mar 21

    It is so helpful to locate postcards and vintage photos of the family hometowns, especially those covering the years our ancestors lived there. There might even be scenes from the streets or neighborhoods and businesses connected with your ancestors. Here is another overlooked resource that provides similar images .. a 'Souvenir Book'. This concep...

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  • Following a Hunch

    Mar 19

    There could well be a dead-end relative on one or more of the family tree branches. This is where you investigate beyond the known to the unknown. It could be a relative (and you might not be sure of that) for whom you have no parents, no immigration record, no siblings. You can then form a theory. Maybe it's a theory based on facts from their hom...

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  • Being Irish

    Mar 17

    On March 17th - St. Patrick's Day, many people like to be considered Irish to enjoy in the celebration of the day. This holiday -- St Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17. It particularly remembers St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. Wi...

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  • Additional New Databases – Indiana

    Mar 3

    Again the Indiana Genealogical Society is making digital additional records to be online, this time info on Civil War soldiers and 8 Indiana counties. All of them are free to use. The Civil War data is from GAR - Grand Army of the Republic (Northern veterans) covering encampments meetings, officers and those members who had died at a specific date...

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  • Can’t Miss These Hints

    Feb 13

    Even the most seasoned family researcher can overlook certain clues that can prove to be of great assistance. Here are a few of such often overlooked bits of information that lead to greater details about your family. 1. You have a death certificate on an ancestor, but note at the bottom the person's name on the document who provided the info...

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  • Finding the Good and Bad in Newspapers

    Feb 5

    Using hometown or neighboring town's newspapers can provide a treasure chest of information which you might or otherwise wish you never knew. There are several newspaper subscription databases, just make sure they have the hometown, home county or at least neighboring towns and counties where your ancestors lived. Here is a library guide to many of...

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