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  • Paper & Pencil ??

    Jan 29

    Yes, someday - very soon, people may not be using a pen or pencil and paper to write down their ideas, research, information, stories, life history, etc. Instead it will all be using electronic devices. So what are the advantages of using the newest technology? First it can take up a whole lot less space that using sheets of paper. Also you woul...

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  • Database ‘Treasure Chest’

    Dec 6

    With the use of the Internet along with the interest in genealogy and many records made digital, the use of online databases is necessary. At FamilyTree.com in the 'Reviews' section is a run down of 14 of great databases to select from, some with a fee and others free. All are general and can be of help with most any researcher. To add to that ...

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  • Slave and African-Americans on Documents

    Oct 8

    The Virginia Historical Society had put a collection together for African-Americans who have lived in the state over the centuries. They have over 8 million items in the collection. One of their recent databases titled Unknown No Longer', has unpublished historical records with as much biographical detail as remains of the enslaved Virginians, inc...

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  • Making of America – 19th Century

    Sep 12

    You may have a long line of ancestors who were born, marriage and lived during some part of the 19th century (1800s). There is a web site, "Making of America" that concentrates on just that time frame. With some 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints, all in a digital format. Much of the material is from the University ...

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  • Events in PA

    Aug 19

    In digital format and online from the Penn State University libraries is a nice collection of events and people relating to the history of the state of Pennsylvania, a history that dates back to colonial times. There is information on the Civil War era, the geography, industry and labor, political events, maps, agriculture, biographies, and numero...

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  • Physical Characteristics of an Ancestor. 6 Steps to Discovery:

    Aug 15

    Oh, how you wish sometimes you had some photo of an ancestor. You have gathered information about their life, but have no idea what they look like. Did they have a round face, were they tall, have blue eyes and is it possible you look like them?   There are a few¬†sources to turn to that might help provide some general physical cha...

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  • Missouri Digital Records

    Jun 14

    The 'Show Me State' is Missouri in the heartlands of the America. This area became one of the major settlements for frontier pioneers in the 1830s to 1850s. You could easily have numerous ancestors who lived in Missouri at one time or another. To assist those researching the State of Missouri has many of their archives in digital form and online...

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  • Ideas to Help Search Names

    Jun 6

    So you have hit the 'brick wall' in your family research. Here are a few suggestions to possibility spark some new and untried methods. First examine the family surname. If it is a rather common name, focus on family individuals who you found to have more unusual given names. Even if such a person is a 3rd great granduncle and not direct lineage, i...

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  • Tennessee Vital Records for 1962

    Jun 2

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives has an online collection of digital newspapers, Civil War records, county records and photographs. One of their most recent additions are the vital records for 1962. These records include Births- Marriages and Deaths. What is especially good to now are the birth records are also released since those could ...

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  • Avoid Becoming Frustrated

    May 13

    Being aware of the positive collection of family history information that can be gathered along with the 'pitfalls' can ease the possibility of becoming frustrated doing research. The following are some ideas to help keep you on the right track and not become annoyed. Step one is to always begin with what is known---mostly yourself. Have yourse...

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