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  • Civil War Documents Scanned

    Dec 3

    The Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission (James I. Robertson Jr. Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Collection) spent several years going to counties across Virginia asking residents to look in their attics and forgotten chests to see if they had photos, documents, letters, journals, etc related to the American Civil War. ...

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  • Three M’s – Massachusetts, Michigan, & Missouri

    Dec 1

    Having some great databases with collections in digital format of photos, maps, posters, vital records, state censuses and military records can be invaluable to the family researcher. If your ancestors remained for a number of years in a specific state, more than likely the state itself has held records and images relating to your family ancestors....

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  • Mannequin Challenge – Past and Present

    Nov 30

    The latest fun activity sweeping the nation is 'mannequin challenge'. It only started in mid-October 2016 by some high school and college students and has spread like wildfire, even being done in the White House.   What it involves is that of group of people main 'frozen', no actual movement of eyes, legs or arms, but rather as if they were tal...

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  • Heirlooms Reunited

    Nov 23

    You may not have in your possession some of your family's heirlooms, but someone might. Of course, check with all your relatives (aunts, grandparents, cousins, etc) and share with them what you have. However, beyond your own family, some heirlooms might be held by people not related. The online site of 'Heirlooms Reunited' tries to match up those ...

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  • Two families – Wedding

    Nov 1

    If you know of a couple getting married in the near future, there is a unique gift you can create for their special day. It is a 'Photo Tree' with the bride's and the groom's family represented. Now you will need to contact several family members on both sides to get the necessary photos for this creation, along with the names of the bride's and g...

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  • Family History Ideas

    Oct 25

    You spend time gathering, collecting and verifying your family history ... so what is the next step. Of course, you never really 'finish' research on your ancestors, there is always something new to discover. However, if you want some ideas for greater enjoyment and to share what you have found, here are a few. First, one of the main items you ha...

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  • Personal Family Coloring Books

    Oct 23

    Looking to do something different with your genealogy and also involve other family members, well, here is a new idea --- taking family photos of homes, people, events, etc and convert them to a drawing that can be colored in (just like the classic coloring book). The site, 'ReallyColor' can help you do that idea. An image you sent via email to th...

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  • Finding Photos with Ancestor Search

    Oct 9

    You might have a few family photos but you always wonder if there are additional ones. Many can be held by other relatives, a 3rd cousin in another part of the country. Some were part of family albums that have been in an estate sale and now are on eBay or in other locations. So to assist in finding some family photos or images of hometowns, busin...

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  • Book about Stuart, FL and Vintage Photos

    Sep 25

    Family photos are such a treasure for the relatives to share. However, there are others in a hometown that would love to look over vintage photos of citizens, places and events where their ancestors also lived. For a year, I went to the descendants of pioneer families in Stuart, Florida (just north of West Palm Beach) to gather and scan their coll...

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  • Kansas Glass Negatives

    Aug 23

    Finding the lost and forgotten photos is great. There could be untold treasures in such a find. Located at the Fort Hayes State University in Kansas is such a collection. However, these are not ordinary photos but rather glass plates negatives. They were from the William R. Gray Studio in St. John, Stafford County, Kansas. What makes these even bet...

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