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  • Locating Obituaries for Female Relatives

    Apr 7

    Because of maiden names, and what could be numerous married names, it can be difficult to locate an obituary on a female relative. The following are some suggestions to help in the search. A common practice in more recent years is for families to place a free obituary write-up with the funeral home online rather than a paid newspaper obituary. So ...

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  • A Student to Assist

    Mar 13

    With Spring Break across the country, it might be a good time to contact students you know in high school or a university to assist you in your research. You wouldn't have to personally know the students, you might get a referral from a friend or have a notice posted at the school or on a local Facebook page. This includes schools or universities i...

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  • Major Weather or Other Disasters

    Feb 23

    Your ancestors could well have been directly or even indirectly affected by some of the noted weather or other disasters to strike any region of the United States. With those having ancestors in America during the 1800s, here are a few of such disasters. The cholera epidemic of 1832 killed thousands of people in Europe and North America and create...

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  • Finds on eBay

    Feb 21

    So true, all types of photos, booklets, journals, letters, receipts, etc can be found up for auction or 'buy now' on eBay (an online auction site). People from around the globe can place items they have owned or just acquired (such as yard sales, second-hand stores, thrift shops etc.). It is truly amazing what can be found. Of course, you have t...

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  • OBITS – Database

    Feb 17

    Available online is a free listing and transcription of obituaries from around the United States. It is called OBITCITY. It developed from individuals sharing family and friends print obituaries and just grew from there. It is organized by state names and within each state the letter for a surname, such as 'A-H'. Click on the state the person migh...

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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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  • Ancestors Affected by a Disaster?

    Oct 3

    Whether man-made or something from Mother Nature, there can be any number of disasters over the decades that could have affected your ancestors. Gathering information about your family is not just names, dates and places, it is truly a quest to discover the narratives of our ancestors' lives, even the sad and tragic times. An online site named 'Ge...

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  • Google Newspaper Archives

    Sep 3

    Newspapers are a wonderful resource to learn more about families, individuals or businesses in a family hometown. The are several fee subscription databases for newspapers available, but there is also the Free Google Newspaper Archives. If you have not attempted to use it, give it a try for sure. Even if it has been awhile since you did a search u...

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  • Kindred Spirits

    Sep 1

    Have you thought about the concept that you -- a descendant -- may be very much like an ancestor - one you never meet or knew?? As you do the research on the family tree including the branches, such as great aunts and uncles, you just might strike a cord or a 'Kindred Spirit' with one or two of those ancestors. You might find so much in common, bet...

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  • Missing Documents and Vital Records?

    Aug 25

    Oh yes, it can happen, there can be one or more ancestors of your direct lineage of your family tree where you can not locate any document or vital records (a paper trail) to support or learn more about that ancestor. Very frustrating for sure!! Here are some ideas of how to gather some information on that ancestor. First check and do the researc...

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