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  • Steps in Gathering Those ‘Family Leaves’

    Apr 5

    No one ever stated that creating your family tree would be easy. It does take time and patience. To avoid any major mistakes, which is a big 'no-no' -- review over these various steps or procedures to help collect the right family branches and leaves to form the correct family tree. I always believe, never accept as 100% correct and copy anyone ...

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  • Your Blue or Gray Ancestors

    Apr 1

    As you go through gathering information for your family tree, somewhere along the way you may well come across ancestor or two who were either military soldiers or sailors during the American Civil War (1861-1865). If they supported the North - the Federal Union they were recognized by 'Blue' for their uniform. If they supported the Southern region...

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  • Genealogical Standard of Proof.

    Mar 31

    When doing your family history research you look for primary vital records. Those are the birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce papers and death certificates official filled out at the time of each event by a government agency. These are also known as primary sources, the best for getting accurate information of names, places and dates. K...

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  • Online Search Death Certificates / Records by States

    Mar 29

    Using the death index / records can be of great assistance in making sure your family history has as much of the details as possible. Death records are kept in with state that an individual died in. Even if they never lived in a certain state, if they died there, records are kept. However, it is different time periods when such records started to ...

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  • Online Help with AncestorCloud

    Mar 19

    AncestorCloud is a new community and social marketplace for family discovery. This genealogy website not only connects you with professional genealogists to help with your research, but also a community of other family historians in over 52 countries who are available to lend a helping hand. Community researchers can pick up records, take local p...

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  • Create a Genealogical Will

    Mar 11

      If you have any type of collection of family photos, history, documents, journals, letters, vital records or written family history, you will want to see that your surviving family knows your wishes as to what happens to those items. If you have a family member who has already requested to take over those records and photos after your death...

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  • A Review of FindMyPast

    Feb 13

    The birth of this genealogical site is in the mid-1960s with a British company named 'Title Research'. All genealogical research was done by searching paper records and microfilm. Jump to 2001 and the use of computers and the Internet, this group created '1837 Online' a digital database of the General Register Office England & Wales birth, marr...

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  • Other 1890s Census Records

    Feb 13

      A major gap in the U.S. Federal Census exists with most of the 1890 Census destroyed in a 1921 fire. You can trace your ancestors from 1880 to 1900, but that leaves 20 years unaccounted for. Here are a few ideas to help bridge the gap in your research. First, if you have already researched and know some family branches did not arrive in Am...

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  • Maine’s Masonic Members – 1820-1995

    Feb 11

    A good source of information on a male ancestor can be found for those who belonged to Masonic Lodges. If you even remotely think an ancestor was a member, which most males were during some time in their lives in the late 1800s and into most of the 20th century, you need to find that lodge to see what records are available. The state of Maine's ...

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  • Those Maiden Names of Our Female Ancestors

    Dec 15

    If you can not locate the family birth name (maiden name) of some of your ancestors, there are some reasons why and some ideas to find it. With the US Federal census which started in 1790, it was only the head of household, a male, whose name was listed. No females or even other family members' names were used. That practice continued for the 18...

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