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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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  • OCR – From Print Image to Text

    Apr 23

    It can be so helpful to have many of the family print documents converted to a text form, especially one that can be edited. It is another way to 'SAVE' the family information by making in text form. Examples include obituaries, those newspaper copies that are kept in file folders. If you have it as a scanned image and then convert using OCR (Op...

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  • Immigrants to England – 1330 to 1550

    Mar 13

      Most family researchers are happy if they can locate ancestors back 100 - 150 years. That is an accomplishment verifying actual relatives who were 2 to 4 generations back. There are others doing their family tree that can take the lineage back even further-- even to 17th through 14th century. Now available through the United Kingdom Natio...

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  • Public Online Records

    Mar 3

    There are not just vintage documents, photos and records on genealogical databases, but many sites carry recent records on living individuals considered 'public records'. The online site of 'Persopo' has a variety of available public records. Now what is available will vary from state to state. Informational records can come from towns, cities,...

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  • Available on FamilyTree.com

    Mar 1

      This website, FamilyTree.com can be of real assistance for any level family history researcher. If you are just starting, the basics are explained in clear and easy to follow formats. If you have been working at the research for awhile, there are informational sections to help you move even further. For the long-time and advanced genealogis...

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  • Wills from the United Kingdom – 1858-1996

    Feb 5

    A reminder the areas that comprise the United Kingdom (the U. K.). They are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many people have ancestors from these areas, some who resettled in other areas, like Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa or the United States. If you did have ancestors who remained in some region of the U. K., then ...

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  • Anyone Ever Spot a UFO?

    Jan 29

    There can be many legends in a family and one just might be a relative seeing a UFO (unidentified flying object). Actually from 1947 to 1969, a total of 12,618 sightings were reported to the U. S. Air Force 'Project BLUE BOOK'. Of these 701 remain "Unidentified." The project was headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and records kept in...

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  • Maryland – Rose Hill Cemetery Info ONLINE

    Jan 25

    You would think this, Rose Hill, might be a small cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland, but it is quite a large public cemetery, dating back to 1865 with some 42,000 burials. It was started by William T. Hamilton, who later became Maryland’s Governor from 1879-1883. Burials included ordinary citizens from around the region of Maryland to Senators, ...

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  • Avoiding Mistakes

    Dec 3

    Be careful now to produce mistakes in your family history research or in turn to place mistakes (unknowingly) into your family database. A major problem is when you locate a whole family tree lineage online and accept / copy every person with every date because some it matches what you know about your family line. Too many times, just about all ...

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  • Lesser Used Records

    Dec 1

    Think you searched every official document -- well there just might be some other records you didn't think to try. First, your ancestor may have owned a dog and the hometown they lived in required a dog license. On that official form could be information (address and names) you didn't know about. Another overlooked resource are other census reco...

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