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  • Create a Family History Website

    Mar 12

    You have spent a good deal of time gathering photos and vital records on your family tree. The compiled information is now quite extensive. It is saved on a computer, an external hard drive and copies shared with other family members, so now what? First, you never finish, there is always several relatives you never located much information on a...

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  • Images, Events, Products Across the Decades

    Feb 20

    Nothing assists a family historian more than images. However it does not need to be photos or drawings of just one's ancestors. Of course, that alone is super valuable, but so is their life and times. Using illustrations, drawings and photos of the places, events, activities, sports, work, social, businesses, towns, etc. that directly affected ou...

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  • Free 1901 and 1911 Census for Ireland

    Feb 12

    The official household census for Ireland covered all 32 counties for the years 1901 and 1911. It is provided free by the National Archives of Ireland. Click on the top tab 'Census' to begin a search. You can choose from searching the 1901 (done on March 31st) or the 1911 (done April 2nd) and then switch to the other. There are several place...

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  • Gallery of New York City Photos

    Dec 2

    The grand city of New York City has a fabulous history and many of our ancestors either arrived first to the port of New York, made the city their home, traveled to the city, served in the military or had business dealings there. So this is an important location to see what ties our ancestors may have had with New York City. Besides the family co...

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  • Your Great Grandparents Did ‘What’ ?

    Nov 22

    The great thing about doing your family history is not just gathering names and dates, but rather learning more about our ancestors' daily lives. One very interesting period of time to explore is that of the Victorian era – 1840s to 1900, whether in Europe or America, many people followed some strange and bazaar, yet accepted behaviors. First ...

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  • 1906–Photos of Everyday People

    Oct 14

    How things can change and others events remain the same after one hundred years. Viewing photos can really help put us back in another time and place, providing us today with a sense of how our ancestors lived. Generally we only see photos from the turn of the 20th century as formal portraits, staged images in a conventional studio. However, ther...

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  • Vintage Scenes of Philadelphia, PA

    Sep 7

    With such an old and established city in American, many individuals may have ancestors who called Philadelphia home. The Free Library of Philadelphia now has online a wonderful collection of photographs in a digital format, making it available on the Internet. One of the earliest photos dates back to 1841. There are several methods to view and ...

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  • End of the Month Routine

    Aug 31

    This was a long month, just like July was with only one major holiday.  So with the end of the month, if you have not done so already, this would be an excellent time to make sure you have done a complete computer backup of your family history research. If you use a software program such as FamilyTree Maker, make a backup of the entire family bran...

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  • The Faces of Child Labor

    Aug 19

    It is hard to imagine that for decades in America and other countries, children served as a major backbone to much of the work done on farms, in coal mines and factories.  Your ancestor may well have been a part of that massive group.  It was not uncommon for children at age 10 and up working, not attending school, to help support the family inco...

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  • Write About Yourself

    Jun 10

    If you have some extra time this summer, a genealogical project you should seriously consider starting is writing some key, important or meaningful moments in your own life. I know as a family historian you are always looking to uncover as much information on ancestors, both direct blood lines as well as collateral relatives. However, who would be ...

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