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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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  • Using Linkpendium for U. K. and Ireland

    Dec 9

    If you have ancestors from Ireland or anywhere in the United Kingdom, the Linkpendium has links of resources for those areas. There is the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. With Britain having so many colonies across the world, there are links to colonial British colonies al...

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  • Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

    Nov 21

    If you had an ancestor who fought for the union (Northern) side, you have to check if they ever joined one of the many GAR Posts that formed from the 1880s and stayed well into the early 20th century. Those that joined had served in the US Army during the American Civil War of 1861-1865. This site online for the GAR can be a great resource of fi...

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  • FamilySearch – Digitized

    Nov 15

    Newest item added to help in research on FamilySearch.org is called "Thumbnail Gallery" and it is available free to the public. This feature has both the indexed data and the image together. This feature is available only with indexed records. It allows the searcher to navigate to other images within the collection by clicking on next or just goi...

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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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