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  • Obituaries for Michigan 1820-2006

    Jan 3

    Locating ancestors' obituaries is very important to your family research. When it was acceptable to write and have published long obituaries, the information provided can be wonderful. However, note, you could have an ancestor listed in someone else' obituary as a relative. There could be a tie-in you did not know about. Using the FamilySearch.org...

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  • Family Artifacts to Keep

    Jan 1

    Lucky are the descendants of people who thought enough ahead to make sure certain family treasures were saved and passed on to the next generation. There are some major categories of artifacts you, as the present generation,  can save from your ancestors or present family. Save These: Household, Jewelry and Hobby Items - your grandfather favori...

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  • Music and Songs during the Civil War

    Dec 31

    Music in the mid-1800s was an importation aspect of our ancestors' lives, no matter their occupation or where they lived. This was especially true during the American Civil War (1861-1865). It entertained, brought pleasure and comfort and was integral in all parts of life. In fact music was so important during the Civil War that most regiments, bot...

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  • Maine’s B-M-D Records 1670-1921

    Dec 29

    Vital records are an very important part to any family research. If you has any ancestors living and near Maine, even when it was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony beginning beginning in 1652. It was fought over by the French, English and allied natives during the 17th and early 18th centuries, who conducted raids against each other. The state o...

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  • Local Genealogical Society

    Dec 27

    If you had not considered becoming a member of your local genealogical society, make a point to do so in the new year 2018. There are so many advantages and things to learn. First, you will be sharing and talking with people who share you common interest in family history. They may not share you family lineage but they have been there in searching...

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  • Family Stories

    Dec 25

    Christmas Day or even a couple days after Christmas when many of the out-of-town relatives are present, spend some evening time retelling family stories. Start with any grandparents or grand aunts/uncles present, the older relatives and have them tell of their Christmas childhoods, the gifts they got or any unusual events. Someone needs to be wri...

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  • Add ‘Bits and Pieces’

    Dec 17

    Working on your family and history can take many hours of research and work. Yet, doing just a few 'bits and pieces' of shorter research and collection can quickly expand your family tree. Here are a few ideas -- short activities, try to do at least one and see how much your can gather. Check the Federal and State Censuses for each ancestors and e...

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  • Alabama County Marriage Records 1809-1950

    Dec 15

    The southern state of Alabama has a long history. You may have had an ancestor who was married in one of the counties of Alabama between 1809 and 1950. That is a very long period from which at least an index was kept of marriage records. If your ancestor lived in any of the bordering states (Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee) they could ...

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  • Unusual Given Names of Ancestors

    Dec 13

    In developing your family tree have you come across some given names (first or middle names) in which you wonder where did that name come from? Here are some thoughts on how over the years some given names have come about. First, many given names (especially middle names for females) for a baby are a family surname, so that name is carried on. So ...

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  • American Revolutionary Rolls 1775-1783

    Dec 7

    Using the free to use 'FamilySearch' online you can investigate if you had any ancestors who were listed on available American Revolutionary Military Rolls covering 1775 to 1783. The collection consists of images of muster rolls, payrolls, strength returns, and other personnel, pay, and supply records of the American Army during the Revolutionary W...

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