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  • Queensland Australia Databases

    Nov 26

    From the 'land down under' – Australia and especially the state of Queensland has provided online a nice index of databases on several topics. All of them are in PDF format which very easy to download and read. The type of records indexed include immigration, convicts, hospitals, orphanages, occupations, land and court records. There are some...

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  • What to Do to Preserve Those Old Books & Documents?

    Nov 18

    As you have worked on your family history there has surely been located numerous documents, books, family trees, directories, etc, relating either to your family lineage, hometown, business, schooling or house. There can even be collections of city directories kept by an ancestor, school yearbooks, football programs, business records, governmenta...

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  • Have You Checked Your IGI Lately?

    Sep 28

    It is always important to revisit certain databases as you progress in your family research. For several reasons, first of all, you are more experienced and possibly better at looking for the right key names or places. Second, most databases are continually being added to over the years. So if you have not searched on a certain family branch or in...

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  • Sending for Birth-Marriage-Divorce-Death Records

    Sep 26

    It helps to have one location for information on getting vital records. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a full listing online of all fifty states plus the US Territories of Guam, Samoa, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canal Zone, Mariana Islands, including the District of Columbia. Here clearly and neatly listed for each location is...

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  • Capt. Thomas Hart 1870s Documents Returned

    Aug 29

    You just never know when you will run across some book, photo, diary, certificate or document that should be in the hands of the rightful family. If you are were on the receiving end, getting some forgotten artifact of an ancestor you would be extremely grateful that that piece of family treasure was not lost forever. When you do your own family...

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  • Ye Olde Virginia 1600s to 1960s

    Aug 21

    You don’t need to have ancestors from Virginia to check out the many collections available at ‘Virginia Memory’ which is online and sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the state archives.  Their vast array of material included photos, maps, books, manuscripts, printed materials, newspapers and vital records. The assemblages are intermix...

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  • Military Personnel Records in St. Louis, Missouri

    Jul 12

    Many people assume that all military pension and service records are located at the National Archives or the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.   In fact it is the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington that hold the very old military records including pension applications. For those persons who served in the U. S. Army, ...

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  • Crossing the Border Into Canada

    Jun 29

    It might be surprising, but you just may have several ancestors who originally lived in Canada, our neighbor to the north, during sometime in their lives. This could have happened in the 18th, 19th or 20th centuries. To assist in learning more about any Canadian ancestors the Ancestry.ca database is making available from now until Monday, July ...

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  • Transcribe Old Documents

    Jun 24

    As you gather the vital records, letters, diaries and journals there are a couple things you should do.  If you have the scanning equipment, do a scan of the complete document and label the image. Keep those in a computer folder for the family lineage it belongs to. You will find you want to refer back to information on that document several times...

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  • Available Free Charts and Forms

    Jun 18

    Being organized is the real key being successful and pleased with your family history research.  If you feel you are getting no where or ‘spinning your wheels’ without much success, it just may be that you need some orderliness in your pursue of your family lineage. Anyone who done genealogy for any length of time will confirm that you have...

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