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  • Using WikiTree

    Nov 3

    For 2015, one of the top genealogical free sites to use is WikiTree. Its rank (done by Genealogy in Time Magazine) in 2014 compared to all the other free and paid genealogical sites was 21st. In 2015, it rose in rank to 15th. There are some 10.9 million individuals in the listings contributed by over 275,000 family history researchers. WikiTree f...

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  • Photos of America – 1935-1945

    Oct 25

    Eighty years ago, 1935, America was still in the Great Depression era. Ten years later, 1945, the country was just coming out the second World War. Such tragedies for many of your ancestors to suffer through. Yale University along with the Library of Congress have put together over 170,000 photos and made them digital producing the site Photogr...

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  • U. S. Federal Censuses

    Oct 10

    Anyone who doing their family history has to go over every U. S. Federal Census record that their ancestors might have been recorded on. The official census taking started in 1790. These serve as historic records of a specific time and place with a person's name. Unfortunately, the first six decades (1790 to 1840) it was just the head of the hous...

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  • StoryCorps

    Oct 1

    This organization, StoryCorps, since 2003 has recorded ordinary individuals to save their story, no matter how big or small a story they wish to preserve. These recorded stories are preserved at the Library of Congress in their American Folklife Center archive. There are over 60,000 such stories now saved. All it takes is a little bit of time to...

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  • Adoptee Finds Mother with Use of Social Media

    Sep 9

    Social media connects people from all across the world in ways that simply were not possible before the advent of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the rest. It makes sense that adoptees are using social media to find their birth parents. Every so often, there is a news story about an adoptee that had success. PilotOnline.com has a story about 52-...

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  • Hartman & Others Database

    Sep 3

    Back in the early 1980s, Don and Jeannie Hartman began making their collection of family genealogy in digital format. From there they placed their collection (vital records, notes, photos, family trees, etc) online to share with others. As it turned out they had a massive collection of many surnames besides 'Hartman'. The family was from Pennsylv...

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  • Find the Humor

    Aug 7

    You are busy collection and researching the vital records on your ancestors, did you ever spot some notation or phrase that made you break out into full blown laughter?? So where might you find such humor? Start by really examining what was written in an ancestor's Will. Many times the decease had the last word, by placing some unusual or strange ...

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  • Updated Newspapers on Chronicling America

    Jul 31

    Twenty-six new and updated collections from Chronicling America Newspapers from the Library of Congress are now available. Ten states / district included: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia. The updates represent additional newspaper issue dates. Some e...

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  • Family Heritage Month

    Jul 28

    The month of August is known as 'Family Heritage Month.' So what is family heritage? By definition: Researching your family tree would help you gain a sense of your personal heritage. It is those cultural traits passed down through the generations from great grandparents to grandparents to parents. It can include personality and skill traits, such ...

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  • Tree of Weddings

    Jul 25

      Someone in the family about to be married? Is there a big wedding anniversary coming up soon? Here is a gift idea that will be appreciated by anyone. Create a 'Tree of Weddings'. It is the family tree idea using photos of couples on their wedding day. Now that can prove to be a challenge, gathering all the needed photos. Even if it is not ...

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