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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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  • Info in an Obituary

    Mar 11

      The use of obituaries is essential when doing your family history. Most of the time the information was supplied by a close family member. You want to try every newspaper in the area of where your ancestor did live when they died as well as their hometown. Families generally placed an obituary in one or more locations where the decease was ...

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  • Boys in Blue of Illinois

    Mar 5

    During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the 'Boys in Blue' were the Federal Union army soldiers. Those in the Southern Confederacy were considered the 'Boys in Gray'. Both due to the color of the uniform. If you had an ancestor who served from the many Illinois (Union) Army regiments, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library has s...

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