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  • Dick Eastman in Stuart

    Mar 15

    Two outstanding genealogists in the United States and internationally are Megan Smolenyak and Dick Eastman. I have worked with Megan since 1999 and have met her when she came to the Stuart, Fl area several years ago. Both Megan and Dick are fine authors, researchers and speakers. Eastman has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and is always ...

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  • Short-Cuts on the Keyboard

    Feb 27

    It is always great to learn quick and easy methods for doing an activity. One that family history researchers and writers could use is how to preform short-cuts on their computer using the keyboard. It can be helpful for document or especially viewing and researching on a web site. Make a copy of those special short-cuts you might use the most ...

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  • Collecting Vital Records

    Feb 25

    In genealogy, vital records are referred to as primary and secondary sources. These written documents help provide the proof of an event in a person’s life. There are birth certificates, birth registrations, baptismal records, marriage licenses, wedding certificates, divorce records, death registrations, church records, funeral home records, ceme...

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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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