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  • Researching Beyond the Direct Family Lineage

    Oct 15

    You might be the family historian but have only concentrated on your direct family lineage –parents-grandparents-great grandparents, etc. That is very important to gather the direct lineage, however, one area that could assist that search is to look at the collateral family lines (the aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts-uncles, etc. They are your...

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  • Label Those Photos

    Oct 11

    You are the keeper of the family treasure of vintage photos, so now what. The most important is to get them labeled with who or what is in the photos, a location and a time period. Working with older relatives who might know the names and places in a photograph is your best start. You can scan a digital copy or photocopy several as a hard copy to m...

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  • Great Tidbits about your Family’s Ancestors

    Sep 11

    You wonder sometimes 'why you spend time researching your ancestors'. Besides learning who, when and where there can be so much more to learn about them and their lives. It then helps you see where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Some of the types of tidbits or small treasures of information you might learn about any ancestor i...

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  • Pioneer Certificates

    Aug 11

    Just like you can be part of a lineage organization such as the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) or Colonial Dames or Daughters of the War of 1812-- there are special certificates of recognition of a person's historic heritage offered by different states and or counties. To learn more do a Google Search for either “pioneer certificat...

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  • Special Mother’s Day Idea

    May 11

    Here is a unique idea if you have several photos of female ancestors who were mothers. Create a collage of photos any and all family females (grandmothers, siblings, aunts, cousins), including present-day who were / are mothers. You gather the available photos (ask other family members also), even if other individuals are in the picture (the female...

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  • SmartPhones to Record Family

    Mar 9

    You take hundreds of photos with your smartphone but how about using the device to make recordings of your living relatives. Any age, age relative, could be beneficial years from now. We can start with the popular Apple IPhone. going to the itune apps store there are many recorder software to select from. One with audio, transcription and dictatio...

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  • Spice Up Your Family Tree with Historical Events

    Dec 5

    Each branch of ancestors on your family tree lived during a certain time frame or era in American History or of other nations in the world. They may or may not have been affected by each historical events (weather, wars, economic depression, elections, etc) but you can do some research to better learn of what events happened during their life. The...

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  • Missing Documents and Vital Records?

    Aug 25

    Oh yes, it can happen, there can be one or more ancestors of your direct lineage of your family tree where you can not locate any document or vital records (a paper trail) to support or learn more about that ancestor. Very frustrating for sure!! Here are some ideas of how to gather some information on that ancestor. First check and do the researc...

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  • Aunt & Uncle Day

    Jul 25

    On July 26th is National Aunt and Uncle Day. What a good time to honor and take the time to learn more about your own aunt and uncle, no matter what age they are. A reminder, an aunt is the sister to your own mother or father and an uncle is the brother to you father. If you have a great aunt or great uncle - they would be the siblings to your gran...

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  • Shared Ancestors–Cousins Day

    Jul 23

    That is the wonderful part of having cousins, even second cousins, you share common ancestors. With the date of July 24th, it is a good day to recognize your cousins as great family members and the shared heritage. First cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles (your parents' siblings). Second cousins would be the children of your great a...

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