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  • Start with a Good General Search Site

    Aug 22

    If you are just beginning or have been doing family history research for awhile, it is always beneficial to check out some of the basic online genealogical sites.  A good overall general site is Access Genealogy. It has been and remains a free resource online for genealogical data. The original backbone to the site over ten years ago was inform...

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  • Details About St. Louis Neighborhoods

    Aug 12

    The major mid-west city of St. Louis, Missouri along the mighty Mississippi River has long been an important community in the development of America.  It has served as the home to countless native citizens and new immigrants to the country over the decades. It has the nickname of ‘Mound City’ and ‘The Gateway to the West’. The famous ‘Ga...

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  • Try a Search Engine Designed for Family History. Mocavo.

    Aug 10

    The use of the general Internet search engines is invaluable, especially Google. There seems to be nothing it can not locate, if it is on the World Wide Web.  Google Books is a wonderful addition, quickly locating a certain name, place or historical event in a digital book copy within moments and on the exact page. Of course using a search engi...

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  • Database Resources for a Few Canadian Relatives

    Aug 8

    With the United States bordering Canada it is only natural that many U. S. ancestors may have lived in provinces of Canada over the centuries. Many ancestors also first came to North America from Europe or Asia to settle in Canada. So it is worth reviewing any databases with Canadian information. In the web site That’s My Family there are a ...

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  • ‘Peopling of America Center’ on Ellis Island

    Jul 13

    Since 2008, the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has been working on a state-of-the-art $20 million project to honor those millions of immigrants to America. Since all Americans are either an immigrant or descended from one, this touches everyone. This special project is named Peopling of America Center.  ...

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  • Searching for Immigrant Ancestors at the Boston Port

    Jul 9

    Researchers too often just think of their immigrant ancestors landing in Ellis Island in New York.  Yet, this major port for new arrivals did not open until January 1, 1892.  From that point until 1954, millions of immigrants were handled at Ellis Island, the first Federal government processing center. Before 1892, millions of earlier immigran...

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  • The Many Forms of Smith

    May 26

    Just about every family history researcher has at least one ancestral branch with the surname of Smith or one of the variations of spellings for the name. Yet the most surprising information to a researcher is that Smith branch may not have had that surname but for a couple generations. This English-based name is not only very common in the Eng...

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