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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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  • Israeli Genealogy Databases

    Jan 15

    The available databases online for the many ethnic, religious and cultural groups is growing everyday. They are all trying to make family history more accessible to people around the globe. The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is one such organization who wish to share the documents and records of their archives with as many people as ...

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  • Indiana Wants Me

    Jan 12

    If you have ancestors from Indiana, you are in luck. The Indiana State Digital Archives has an expanded online site with many collections available to researchers. Right on the Home Page is an easy search box where you can select from some 2.8 million records in the categories of the Indiana Death Records, the Institution Records, Military Records,...

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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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  • The Freedom of Information Act

    Oct 18

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) became law on July 4, 1967. However, it only applies to Federal agencies, not state, county or city governments for providing data in federal files on private citizens. The following are some of the agencies with files available to genealogists. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Social Securit...

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