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  • English Voter Registrations 1832-1932

    Oct 27

    [caption id="attachment_13348" align="alignleft" width="300"] SUFFRAGETTES[/caption] If you had ancestors living in England and Wales between 1832 and 1932, you will need to examine the Findmypast collection of about 220 million names of registered English voters as well as those in Wales. The records are part of the British Library and now on...

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  • Tips on Census Searching

    Oct 12

      Doing research using the U. S. Federal Census is a major undertaking but can yield great information about your ancestors. The most important item to remember is that all information recorded on a census was provided by someone in a specific household. It may have been the wife, the husband, a father, an uncle, a second cousin, anyone a...

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  • U. S. Federal Censuses

    Oct 10

    Anyone who doing their family history has to go over every U. S. Federal Census record that their ancestors might have been recorded on. The official census taking started in 1790. These serve as historic records of a specific time and place with a person's name. Unfortunately, the first six decades (1790 to 1840) it was just the head of the hous...

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  • 1890 Census – Survivors

    Oct 9

      The U. S. Federal Census has been done every ten years at the beginning of each new decade. That was true for the June 1890 census. Only years later, in 1921 there was a massive fire in the building housing that 1890 census and most of the paper documents were destroyed - this long before digital copies became available. So how will you ev...

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  • Google Keep for Notes

    Sep 25

    New electronic and software programs try to help all of us stay organized. Being organized is a very important skill for anyone working on their family history. So Google has developed for free 'Google Keep' for taking notes, keeping lists and reminders for anyone for any purpose. Who better than for those doing research. As you are going through ...

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  • TONI – The Ontario Name Index

    Sep 17

    If you have had ancestors from Ontario, Canada, this TONI database name index will be very helpful. In the search box, with over 3.1 millions names indexed can prove to be quite a resource. Place a family name in the box. You may need to try different spellings. The placement of the surname 'Rue' produced 12 results with five of those 'La Rue'....

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  • 1880 Census Terms – Delinquent, Defective and Dependent

    Aug 15

    >It appears on the 1880 US Federal Census, many individuals were classified - given a 'label' to fit their behavior or circumstances. If a person was in local jail, he would be labeled 'delinquent'. It was taken a step further in 1880 with the Special Schedule of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes (sometimes called the DDD Schedule) a...

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  • Insurance Companies & Your Ancestors

    Jul 23

    Now that may be an area of research you have not checked yet in reference to your ancestors. You may have just passed over any insurance papers when sorting through documents held by a relative. Plus they might have held policies that actually belonged to a distant ancestor. I found such a document, an fire insurance policy for a distant cousin'...

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  • Got a Spare Moment?

    Jul 18

      So you think you don't have enough time to spend on doing your family history --- yes you do ! It is all how you approach and use your time. Here are a few ideas of making some headway in your research in just a few moments. Review just one branch at a time and write the name of the ancestor you have the least information about. Now that ...

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  • UPDATED – Helpful Forms and Sheets

    Jul 13

      Organization is so important when doing your family history. Remember you are recording and looking up about two major family branches — your mother’s and your father’s side. Each of those branches had two more branches, your grandparents, so now you have four major branches. If you don’t use some helpful forms and organizational sh...

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