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  • Finding Photos with Ancestor Search

    Oct 9

    You might have a few family photos but you always wonder if there are additional ones. Many can be held by other relatives, a 3rd cousin in another part of the country. Some were part of family albums that have been in an estate sale and now are on eBay or in other locations. So to assist in finding some family photos or images of hometowns, busin...

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  • How Far Back Should You Search for Ancestors?

    Oct 3

    Whether you are a beginner on compiling your family tree or have been researching for many years you may have wondered how back you should search for ancestors. Some people are happy just finding information on grandparents and maybe even great grandparents. Going back three, four or five generations would take you to great-great grandparents. Howe...

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  • National Grandparents’ Day

    Sep 10

    The Sunday after Labor Day, Sept. 11, 2016, is known as National Grandparents' Day. This honor for all grandparents in the United States which will rise from 65 million in 2011 to 80 million in 2020 as a result of the baby boomers. It was Marian McQuade of Oak Hill, West Virginia who was the founder of National Grandparents Day. It was officially...

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  • Back to School for Your Ancestors

    Sep 3

    The new school sessions are beginning across the country. Children in elementary, middle school or high school will create some fond memories of classmates, teachers, sports, classroom activities, etc. What is true today was also true for your ancestors. To learn what school activities, events and friends were similar to today and which were quite...

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  • Olympic Ancestors

    Aug 10

    Many of us have a rich family history with ancestors from around the world. There are many examples of family history researchers suddenly discovering family links to countries they previously didn't know had played any role in their family journey. Learning where your family originated or even once lived is one of the most gratifying aspects of bu...

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  • The Power of the Press

    Jul 13

    There is nothing more interesting than finding a newspaper article about an ancestor. They didn't have to be a celebrity, a hero or well-known even in their hometown. Small and middle-sized town newspapers were always writing of everyday happenings relating to citizens or even strangers in a town. This happened in larger towns / cities also. Taking...

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  • You Hate History?

    Jun 27

    You never liked history, so why would you care about your family history? Some of your reasons could be that you don't have the time to do research or that it's too expensive. Well, one way to see if you might be interested is by joining Ancestry.com. Use their two-week free trial. A monthly subscription would be about $20 for a U.S. Records only ...

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  • Class 101 — Your Family Tree

    Jun 19

    You have decided this summer is the time to start your family tree. You want to explore more about your ancestors, get to know who they were and discover their story. So how do you begin, well here are the basics to get started. START with YOURSELF - yes, this is the easy part. Who know you better than YOU? Write your full name, birth date / loc...

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  • Those Searching Surnames

    Jun 17

    One of the family history items you spend a good deal of time is the family name (surname). It is surprising how many people over the decades have the same surname, even those unusual ones. Many of those people may be direct lineage, others extended family branches and a few not related at all. One of our family names was 'Musselman' and the famil...

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  • Photos – You Didn’t Think to Look Here??

    May 23

    Photographic images of our ancestors are priceless. They really provide some insight to the relative, not just a name and date. Seeing how they dressed, if they were holding any special object such as book, who else was in the photo, whether it was taken in a studio or outside their home or business ... all which gives a little more details about t...

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