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  • Ancestral Weather

    Jun 15

    As you gather information on where and how your ancestors lived, a most important element often overlooked is the 'weather'. Yes, the climate and weather conditions your ancestors experienced can make a big difference in how they lived. The NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just might have some answers on their site. Place i...

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  • United States Newspapers

    Jun 3

    The United States Listing of free or fee based available online newspapers are listed by states. Select one of the states your ancestors may have lived in at any time frame and see what is available. You will see cities and / or county names, so know both. The dates of newspaper coverage for that location is to the right. Keep in mind many counti...

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  • Federation of Genealogical Societies

    May 27

      Often overlooked by family history researchers are the hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States. They are members of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, who work together to provide the best information and resources for researchers. They also work on many preservation programs such as saving and making digital the ...

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  • Newspapers Online

    May 3

    Local newspapers are some of the best resources about individuals, families, historic events, hometowns, businesses, daily life and social events for anyone researching about their family. There are several subscription newspaper archives but always check with the Free to use online newspapers available. Here are a few to select from. Those that...

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  • Maiden Names and Surnames

    May 1

    One of the most difficult areas in family research are a females' maiden name. Not knowing it or the relatives in that females' branch leaves out a huge portion of your family. This is because for generations, it has been the practice for a woman to down her maiden name and take that of her husband. There are a few methods to help discover those 'f...

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  • DeadFred

    Apr 25

    Being on the outlook for other sources of family photos is an important aspect of your research. One interesting outside of family source is an online site named 'DeadFred', a genealogy photo archive. It is an unusual name but just might have a family image you were not aware of. This site has over 18,700 surnames with photos plus some 117,000 docu...

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  • Just One Photo

    Apr 17

    Your family history is more than names and dates; it is the stories, travels, events, tragedies, and celebrations that all people have throughout their life. The problem can be learning about those personal events, especially for those relatives that have passed away. Finding those special stories or events can be a challenge. Here is one method. ...

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  • Check Ancestors’ Historic Connections

    Apr 14

      With this marking the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D. C., it is an excellent time to reflect on if you had an ancestor somewhere - somehow that has any connection to a major historical event. If you had an ancestor living in or around Washington, D. C...

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  • Finding Family Ephemera

    Apr 1

    You are working on your family history, have a family tree established and are getting names and dates in place. However, realize really knowing about your ancestors includes understanding a bit more about their life and the things that mattered to them. So you need to have a collection, if only in a digital photo form, of any letters, business le...

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  • Why are You Having Problems Locating an Ancestor?

    Mar 27

    Have you asked yourself that question more than once? Don't worry, everyone, no matter how experienced has one or more ancestors that they barely have a partial name much less any other information about. So the following are some approaches or ideas of what might be cause. Number one reason you might be able to locate more on a specific ancesto...

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