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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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  • 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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