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  • North Carolina Estates Files

    May 11

    From the North Carolina Department of Archives and History and the FamilySearch.org site has made available nearly 3.4 million images relating to the settlement of family estates in 68 our of 100 counties in North Carolina. The years covered range from 1663 to 1979, so a vast amount of information on an estate is available. For decades what ha...

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  • Transcribing Documents

    May 5

    You are so happy you located from a distant cousin a journal written by your great grandfather. You have taken time to carefully read every word, sometimes guessing what a certain word might be due to the handwriting used in 1890. The question is "Now what?" The next step to be completed by all family history researchers is to completely and ac...

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  • Wand Scanning Family Photos and Documents

    Apr 1

    With today's technology there is no reason why many or most of our ancestor's one of a kind collection of photos, causal candid or formal portraits, along with some non-replaceable documents, journals and records can not be 'saved' in a digital format. True, if something happens to the original wedding portrait of your great grandmother, it can be ...

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  • Avoid the Following

    Mar 26

    It is easy to make mistakes while doing your family history research, the best researchers can get a name or date wrong. The main thing is to review what you have collected, gather evidence to support your findings and make the corrections. Too often one forgets some of the common errors in genealogical research and they do need to be reminded ...

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  • Massachusetts Vital, Ship and 18th Century Archives

    Jan 25

    With the state of Massachusetts having such a long history, there are many chances you will have at least one ancestors from the Colony of Massachusetts or the state. Also because the Port of Boston was a major arriving destination for thousands of immigrants, there is an increased chance of ancestors from this region. The State of Massachusett...

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  • 1918-1919 Influenza and Your Ancestors

    Jan 3

    There it was all around, no escaping the newspaper headlines, the talk on the neighborhood corner or family dinners at the table. It was the early fall season of 1918 and not a tremendous amount to be very cheerful about by citizens across America. The nation had been “over there”, in Europe fighting the Germans since the United States declar...

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  • Types of Researchers

    Dec 8

    Working on your family history is not an exact science with only one method to research your ancestors. For as many different ancestors you may have there are that many varied ways to be a researcher. You want to be the type that your are most comfort with and brings you the greatest satisfaction. So what are these types of researcher? See if ...

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  • Queensland Australia Databases

    Nov 26

    From the 'land down under' – Australia and especially the state of Queensland has provided online a nice index of databases on several topics. All of them are in PDF format which very easy to download and read. The type of records indexed include immigration, convicts, hospitals, orphanages, occupations, land and court records. There are some...

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  • What to Do to Preserve Those Old Books & Documents?

    Nov 18

    As you have worked on your family history there has surely been located numerous documents, books, family trees, directories, etc, relating either to your family lineage, hometown, business, schooling or house. There can even be collections of city directories kept by an ancestor, school yearbooks, football programs, business records, governmenta...

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  • Have You Checked Your IGI Lately?

    Sep 28

    It is always important to revisit certain databases as you progress in your family research. For several reasons, first of all, you are more experienced and possibly better at looking for the right key names or places. Second, most databases are continually being added to over the years. So if you have not searched on a certain family branch or in...

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