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  • Finding the Right Stuff at the Courthouse

    Aug 19

      The hometown city or county courthouses are wonderful sources of official documents to use in your family history research. However, you do need to be prepared. First, learn by visiting, emailing, phoning or sending a regular letter to the hometown courthouse to see what records they do have available and in what format (microfilm, paper, ...

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  • Mixing in History

    Aug 3

    You are gathering the names, dates and hometowns of members on your family tree. You might also want to step your research up to learn more on each individual or family, their occupations, skills, religious beliefs, etc. However, to really better understand the life in whatever time frame you are examining you have to view your ancestors in a hi...

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  • Got a Spare Moment?

    Jul 18

      So you think you don't have enough time to spend on doing your family history --- yes you do ! It is all how you approach and use your time. Here are a few ideas of making some headway in your research in just a few moments. Review just one branch at a time and write the name of the ancestor you have the least information about. Now that ...

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  • Other Methods to Find Someone in the Census

    Jul 9

    Oh, it happens so many times, you can't find an ancestor in a specific federal census. They were still living, so why can't you find them? You do have to think outside the 'box' to find some relatives. First check census records for that ancestor before and after a specific census date. Find them in 1860, then in 1880 if you are looking for them...

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  • Using Facebook to Learn More

    Jun 27

    Working and sharing information with others can be very beneficial. One of the great online locations is the numerous Facebook group pages. The FamilySearch.org has established several such site of different regional locations so people looking for information of places, people and events will share a common thread - the place. In the U.S., ther...

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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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