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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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  • Human Error and your Family Tree

    Jul 5

      You quickly find there is alot of room for 'human error' when working on your family tree. First are the primary and then secondary resources you use. Census records, birth, marriage and death records are all important and considered primary sources. However, they were still created by a person -- so human error can be involved. I have neve...

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  • Free Indexes on Ancestry.com

    Jun 29

    The Ancestry.com site (a subscription fee source) is a super collection of databases and records which can really benefit all family history researchers. However, many of their online databases through Ancestry.com are FREE and available for anyone to use even if you have no paid subscription. The list (scroll down) of available databases is tr...

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  • Bible Records Database – DAR

    Jun 21

    One of the important research sources are found in the family Bibles - the record pages of births-marriages and deaths. Here one or more family members over the years the Bible was held by the family made a written record (sometimes the only record) of major family events such as birth dates, marriage ceremonies and death dates along with those i...

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  • Getting Beyond that Brick Wall

    May 31

    Experienced or a novice, everyone hits a brick wall in trying to locate even a small amount of information on a specific ancestor or even a whole branch. A few ideas just might provide some inspiration for you put a crack or even break through that brick wall. First: Be patient -- you may not solve the problem of finding your great grandfather, b...

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  • Online at the National Archives

    May 21

      The National Archives collections in Washington, D. C. is an excellent resource for any family history researcher to check. If you did a couple years ago, do the search again as new things are added or you know additional names on the family tree.   To get an idea of the numerous topics to select from, this site page has the listing of to...

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  • U. S. Passports

    May 17

    If your ancestors ever had a passport from the United States you will want to see if the passport application is available through the free FamilySearch.org site. The available passports information / images on the site from the United States is over 3 million. The years covered are 1795-1925, many decades worth.   Early passport forms in 1790s...

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