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  • A Little Productive Time Pays Dividends

    Dec 31

    For the new year here are ideas to increase your knowledge of your ancestors. How about setting aside a short period of time once a week, every other weekend or even once a month to do some research on your family tree? Here are a few approaches: Create a 'To-Do List' - start with just a few of the resources (census, state archives, military reco...

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  • City Directories for NY and on eBay

    Oct 29

    The use of city directories is very important resources when compiling information on ancestors. Besides names, home addresses, business addresses and names, other family members in the household may be listed, such as a wife. Many business ads are in a directory - one could be for an ancestor. One of the best locations for secure a variety of ava...

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  • Family History Ideas

    Oct 25

    You spend time gathering, collecting and verifying your family history ... so what is the next step. Of course, you never really 'finish' research on your ancestors, there is always something new to discover. However, if you want some ideas for greater enjoyment and to share what you have found, here are a few. First, one of the main items you ha...

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  • Book about Stuart, FL and Vintage Photos

    Sep 25

    Family photos are such a treasure for the relatives to share. However, there are others in a hometown that would love to look over vintage photos of citizens, places and events where their ancestors also lived. For a year, I went to the descendants of pioneer families in Stuart, Florida (just north of West Palm Beach) to gather and scan their coll...

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  • Those Searching Surnames

    Jun 17

    One of the family history items you spend a good deal of time is the family name (surname). It is surprising how many people over the decades have the same surname, even those unusual ones. Many of those people may be direct lineage, others extended family branches and a few not related at all. One of our family names was 'Musselman' and the famil...

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  • Beginning Points

    Apr 19

    Starting your family history research can seem like a monumental task. You may have even attempted it a few years ago and then let it slide. Well, start fresh and know you can find out things about your relatives you never dreamed of. You do have to have patience. Begin by gathering what you had collected earlier. If you hadn't started, see if a...

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  • For More Effective Results. Genealogy Research.

    Apr 9

    We have all been there ... an ancestor you just can not gather any information about. In such a case, first never give up. Many answers can be found. So the following are a few approaches you many not have tried yet and need to attempt. Do research in locations that are not solely online. The Internet genealogical databases still do not have all d...

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  • Images of America

    Apr 7

    One of the best items to have with your family history is about the hometown where the family lived and worked. You might already have some family photos showing the main street, the shop owned by the grandfather or the house the family lived in. Another source is to search for postcards of these hometowns, found in flea markets, eBay auctions, pos...

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  • Tips for Successful Newspaper Searching. 8 Ideas:

    Feb 7

      Using vintage newspapers from hometowns or neighboring communities, is so essential to gather information on individuals, families or towns when collecting data for your family tree. There are some key tips you should follow in doing newspaper research. First one, most important, write down the source, the name of the newspaper, the full d...

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  • Maps-Atlases of New York City

    Jan 31

    The use of maps, long before GPS, has been a very helpful tool, not just to find places, but for someone doing genealogy to better understand the areas their ancestors lived. True, you can visit an old family neighborhood today, but that general store or the three neighbor houses across from that of your grandparents might not be there anymore. H...

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