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  • Chart to Figure Birth Years

    Oct 11

    The early United States Censuses (1790-1840) did not place a person's age, rather an age range. So it can be difficult to figure approximately year when a person was born. The Colonial Roots online site has done up a chart to assist you to figure those birth years. It breaks down what age range each census had. The one with the least was the first...

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  • Lost Cause?? No Way.

    Oct 7

    You may have tried or even been afraid to attempt to work in depth on your family history. However, maybe all you needed were some clues of how to search. If you have family surnames that are quite common (Smith, Jones, Johnson, Williams, etc) you need to add some keywords to help in the search. Place the given name with the surname in quote marks...

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  • ‘Lost’ Relatives

    Oct 1

    All to often, we all have one of those 'Lost Relatives' - one that we believe existed but we can't locate any information. Then there are the ones that appear to 'disappear' after a certain date and no record in any form that the person passed away. So to help out a bit in searching for these lost relatives, keep in mind some of these search ideas...

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  • New Databases on FamilySearch.org

    Sep 27

    It is useful to keep up with the newest databases available with FamilySearch.org site. Here are four that could prove very useful in your research. On each that you search you can click on the 'details' icon or go directly to the scanned image, showed with a 'camera' icon.  Click on each bolded topic to call up the database. Pensions filed by Co...

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  • Easy to Miss Info on Certain Censuses

    Sep 21

    A few of the different US Federal Censuses that started back in 1790 do have a few very interesting questions that could provide previously unknown information on your ancestors. Looking closely at the US Federal 1820 census at column # 12 it states 'Foreigners Not Naturalized'. So this would give you a clue if someone in that household (again jus...

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  • Common Wrongdoings to Avoid

    Sep 17

    Anyone can overlook certain items in their family history research which could be classified as 'mistakes'. If you are aware of such particulars it is easier to avoid them or correct them. A common one that needs to be avoided is mistakes relating to an ancestor's given names or surname. Whoever wrote down the information for a document is not inf...

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  • Irish Records Online

    Sep 12

    [caption id="attachment_15852" align="alignleft" width="300"] Irish Cottage[/caption] The Irish immigrants make up a large percentage of people's heritage in America. Usually, people may have at least one ancestor on their tree who originated in Ireland. The IrishGenealogy IE web site has now made available, online and free, a searchable data...

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  • Details Missed in Marriage Records

    Aug 27

    Gathering your ancestors' vital records (birth-marriage-death) is very important. These are primary sources, usually created at the time the event happened. Yet, many times, you might over look some interesting or important information on such documents. In honor of my own 33rd wedding anniversary, let us look at marriage records to see what is of...

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  • Colonial Philadelphia, PA Land Owners

    Aug 7

    The University of Pennsylvania's University Archives and Records Center has available, FREE online listing of landowners in the West Philadelphia and the greater Philadelphia area at the time of the American Revolution. The record reflects ownership as of October 1777. Even if your family did not own land in Philadelphia as of 1777, they may have a...

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  • Think There is No Difference in Genealogy vs. Family History?

    Aug 4

    Definition: Genealogy - a study of family ancestors with pertinent data such as birth, marriage and death dates. Family History - an in-depth study of a family lineage with greater emphasize and clarification of each ancestor’s life story. Any beginner to genealogy will start with just learning the individuals in the family. Their parents’ f...

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