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  • Before the Civil War – the 1860 Census

    Jul 21

    The taking of the U. S. Federal Census of 1860 occurred June 1, 1860 until October 1860. The Civil War officially started in April 1861. So you can get as close a picture of your family ancestors who lived across the 33 states of the eastern coast at that time. Some of the information now placed on this census of 1860, that had not been in previou...

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  • Where Else to Locate Photos of Relatives

    Jul 19

    You have checked with other family members first to see if there are additional photos of various relatives and ancestors. Keep in mind some of those photos may not be labeled and will have to be studied by comparing with known photos to see if any match. Yet, after checking with family members, there are a few other locations to check. If your r...

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  • Those Lesser Known Resources

    May 19

    Here are a few suggestions of lessen known or even never thought of resources to learn more about a certain family or a specific ancestor. The family hometown -- Google the county or town and see what is available there, such as a local museum, a genealogical society, chamber of commerce, civic and fraternal organizations such as Woman's Club, Kiw...

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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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  • 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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  • Locate this Family Information

    Apr 19

    As you work on your family tree, you might wonder what specific information should you search for. Yes, the basics of each individual's full names are important as well as birth-marriage and death dates. Hand in hand is also the location for those events of BMD. However, include where a relative lived during different time periods of their life. Re...

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  • Old Postcards – Wealth of Info

    Mar 17

    The use of postcards carrying an illustration or photo on one side and then a place to write a brief message on the other side has been very popular for nearly 150 years. Ever corner of the earth has had postcards produced to showcase a town, street, business, shop, groups, attraction, an individual’s home and even individuals themselves. What a ...

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  • Research with YouTube

    Feb 15

    Here is an idea most people don't think of to locate little-known information about a family ancestor or hometown. Using the online YouTube you might discover a series of photos or better yet a video placed on YouTube that you didn't know existed. It could be the historical district of a hometown, it might have about certain businesses and their o...

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  • Refrain from These Slip-Ups

    Feb 1

    As you just start or continue on your family history research you want to be aware of any possible mistakes or slip-ups in your search. The following are a few thoughts on what to avoid doing. Number one is never accept 100% someone elses family research. They may have everything sourced but you need to recheck every aspect your with what you do k...

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  • National Registry of Historic Places

    Jan 31

    This National Registry was created in 1966 to keep a permanent record of information and available photos of some of the nation's most prized historic locations. In 2016 there were 931 such locations in the national registry. Now you might think these would only be the most famous places such as Mount Vernon, etc. The answer is NO. Instead, this N...

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