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  • Investigate 1880 US Federal Census

    Jan 19

    If any ancestors on your family tree lived any part of their life in the United States (including territories) in the month of June 1880, you need to make sure you have completely examined all the questions asked on that census. It is a wealth of information. The US President in 1880 was Rutherford Hayes. Especially since the next census done in 18...

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  • Avoid Unintentional Booby-Traps

    Jan 11

    You have worked on researching your family history and have a good start on the creation of the family tree. Yet, even the most experienced researcher can fall into an unintentional booby-trap. Normally a 'booby-trap' refers to a set up by someone to scare or harm someone else. The following instead are unintentional booby-traps that were unknowing...

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  • California Birth Records 1905-1995

    Jan 5

    Do you have any relative born in the state of California between 1905 and 1995 (most of the 20th century)? Those records are in the form of an index collection which includes the name of the child, name of the mother, date of birth, and county and covers about 24,614,871 California births. The index is part of the online 'American Ancestors.org'. ...

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  • Forms to Help Organize Your Research

    Oct 19

    To get organized, placing the research information you have collected can be placed on specific forms designed to that data. Below are just a few such forms to assist you. Property would be covered with DEEDS for those selling or giving property and those receiving it. Then marriage records from states and the information about the couple, where...

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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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