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  • Searching Atlanta, Georgia Newspapers

    Jul 23

    Everyone might assume the City of Atlanta has been around as long as the United States has existed, but not so. Not until the southern train terminus was established in 1837, did any type of community exist in the area.  It was originally just named ‘Terminus’, then in 1843 renamed Marthasville and by 1845 finally named Atlanta. The first news...

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  • Some Serious and Wacky Genealogical Sayings

    Jul 19

    You have worked for hours, weeks and months on the family tree.  The pedigree chart is slowly taking shape, but there are still many blanks, with no clues to learn further.  Patience is the most important aspect of family history research.  That is one reason it can take a very long period of time before you feel you have made a dent in unraveli...

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  • Create a Family Newsletter

    Jul 15

    A fun way to share family history is by creating a family newsletter.  This need not be a complicated and elaborate undertaking. A newsletter is simply a way to keep family members up-to-date with genealogical research that has been done and what is still being searched. It also provides a platform to keep family members knowledgeable of current f...

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  • Searching for Living Relatives

    Jul 1

    A family researcher spends a great deal of time looking for primary vital documents to learn about those relatives who have passed away.  However, one of the aspects of looking for those who have died, are also finding living relatives. By learning of a cousin or an aunt, previously unknown to the researcher and who could still be alive is just as...

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  • Get Your Kids to Love Heritage Scrapbooking

    Jun 15

    Every child loves a good story. At least my two little ones do. They like to imagine fairies, and princesses, happy endings, and mysteries. While we may not have fairies and princesses in our family history, we certainly have plenty of mystery, and both happy and sad endings. My father-in-law is a big genealogy buff. He loves it and it is one of...

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  • Your Ancestors Did What for a Living??

    Jun 13

    That can be the immediate response when someone learns your great grandfather was an ‘amanuensis’ or a ‘colporteur.’  There are numerous occupations our ancestors did that had some strange and unusual names.  Many of those jobs do not even exist anymore. The ‘amanuensis’ is what a secretary was referred to as a profession.  The te...

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  • Putting those Half-Siblings on a Family Tree

    May 30

    The term "half-sibling" is used to represent the family relationship of two or more children who share only one biological parent. One parent due to a divorce or widowhood, may remarry and a child or children are born to this new union. The original or oldest child and any new additions are considered half-siblings; a half-brother or half-sister. C...

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  • The Forgotten Veterans of the War of 1812 – Part 2

    May 14

    You may well have ancestors who participated in America’s War of 1812, especially those who lived in the mid-western states. The war covered from 1812 to 1815. The following are a few states with online databases about their veterans. Indiana the territory Those with ancestors from the Indiana region will check the Indiana territory ros...

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  • What was the Money Valued for Your Ancestors?

    Apr 4

    One of the interesting aspects of searching one's family history are learning those small details, those things that made relatives from a hundred years ago more real to life. Nothing speaks to the reality of living than money. It has been a very necessary element in our ancestors' lives just as it is today. So as you gather information on ...

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  • An Ancestor Wall

    Mar 15

    Growing up, my Mom had old family photographs on the wall. Central in those photographs was a glamorous picture of my maternal grandparents. It is interesting to see your "old" relatives in their younger years. I love that photo of them, and have a copy of my own as well. In my husband's home, he had a similar wall. His Mom jokingly called it th...

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