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  • Beginning Points

    Apr 19

    Starting your family history research can seem like a monumental task. You may have even attempted it a few years ago and then let it slide. Well, start fresh and know you can find out things about your relatives you never dreamed of. You do have to have patience. Begin by gathering what you had collected earlier. If you hadn't started, see if a...

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  • Your Surname in the World

    Apr 13

    It can be fascinating to learn who else in the world have your same family name (surname). It can be a bit hard to contact all of them but using the online site titled 'Forebears' you can learn a little of where many live across the globe. They have approximately about 11 millions names. This site has you start by typing in the surname you are sea...

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  • Create a Genealogical Will

    Mar 11

      If you have any type of collection of family photos, history, documents, journals, letters, vital records or written family history, you will want to see that your surviving family knows your wishes as to what happens to those items. If you have a family member who has already requested to take over those records and photos after your death...

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  • 250 Hometown Newspapers

    Mar 9

      The site 'SmallTownPapers' you have free access to more than 250 current small town newspapers in the United States. Look down the list of states and names of newspapers in that state available. From the newspaper's main page on the SmallTownPapers site, click the Scanned Archives tab and then the Browse icon to view the available years. Ne...

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  • Events 100 Years Ago – Jan. and February 1916

    Jan 1

    The century mark, 100 years ago, your ancestors led very different lives from you in 2016. Yet, many times it was specific events that may have shaped their lives then and in the future. January: Look back 100 years, during the month of January: Europe had been at war for two years already. The United States would enter that war by 1917. Memb...

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  • Christmas Day Dinner – Traditional

    Dec 25

    Here are some of the Christmas Day meals prepared at different times in America. This might be that type of special holiday meals you grandparents enjoyed. 1900 Christmas Dinner might have: Clam or Oyster Soup, Celery, Baked Fish, Hollandaise Sauce, Roast Turkey, Oyster Dressing, Celery or Oyster Sauce, Roast Duck, Onion Sauce, Baked Potatoes, S...

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  • Rootsweb WorldConnect

    Dec 1

    A long-time secondary resource is Rootsweb which is free and online. The database to check is the WorldConnect Project. Here people from around the globe have submitted in GEDCOM format their family trees. There are some 6.26 million surnames and over 787.3 million individual names. Using the search box, add the needed details; names, locations...

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  • Less Common Ancestry for Each State

    Nov 13

    Less common heritage can turn out to be a major majority in certain American states. Over the years, groups of immigrates can tend to settle in specific territories which later became states. It is true even in more recent times, those of a certain ethnic heritage want to be with others of a similar background. With the site, Most Unusual Ancest...

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  • Veterans Day

    Nov 11

    It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an armistice was signed ending the 'Great War', the war to end all wars. However, as we know from history, that name would later become World War One. In 1921, was when an unknown World War I American soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. It would become known offic...

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  • Mustard Gas

    Nov 9

      New data is becoming available, this time on US veterans who were exposed to mustard gas in experiments conducted by the United States during the 1940s. The information is coming from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The purpose of such testing was to see the physical effects on soldiers and how protective the use of special suits and mas...

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