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  • 1950 Census

    Apr 21

    The last census release to the public was of the US Federal 1940 Census in April 2012. Now everyone waits ten years before the next decade census - 1950 is released on April 1, 2022. By law, for privacy reasons, census records are not released to the public until 72 years after that census was taken. However, for your own personal family research ...

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  • Info in an Obituary

    Mar 11

      The use of obituaries is essential when doing your family history. Most of the time the information was supplied by a close family member. You want to try every newspaper in the area of where your ancestor did live when they died as well as their hometown. Families generally placed an obituary in one or more locations where the decease was ...

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  • Public Online Records

    Mar 3

    There are not just vintage documents, photos and records on genealogical databases, but many sites carry recent records on living individuals considered 'public records'. The online site of 'Persopo' has a variety of available public records. Now what is available will vary from state to state. Informational records can come from towns, cities,...

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  • Need a Reason WHY to Research Your Family Tree?

    Feb 21

    You may have been asked on more than one occasion why you are bothering to spend time and money to gather information on your family lineage. Of course genealogy, family research is a very old practice and was very necessary at one time just for specific families to determine property ownership and royal lineages. Really over the last 150 years h...

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  • Best Free Genealogical Websites – Updated

    Feb 20

      With utilization of the Internet and computers, either in your home or those in libraries, there is a vast assortment and variety of websites to assist you in genealogy research. The following is an essential list of some of the free use web sites that should become familiar to every researcher. 1. Family Search The 'gold-standard' reso...

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  • Add Data to Scanned Family Photos

    Feb 19

      One of the best activities you can do to help preserve the family heritage is to scan the numerous family photos. That includes gathering those collections of photos from other family members. During the cold winter months or in the heat of summer, set aside time to at least start or finish that project. It is so great to have all those ima...

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  • Skeletons in the Family Closet

    Feb 17

      If you are one of those a bit afraid to go searching too deep into your family past -- have no fear, everyone has on some part of their family tree a couple scandalous characters, or a bigamist, or the notorious relative or even the illegitimate child. It can turn out to be a fascinating journey trying to uncover their hidden, secret life. ...

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  • A ‘Famous’ Ancestor

    Feb 1

      It appears everyone has a secret desire that as they work on their family history that a famous relative will be found. Viewing the recent 'Genealogy Roadshow' on PBS, that is a common theme. Checking a dictionary, the word 'famous' means a renown, notable, illustrious, eminent, distinguished or celebrated person. To include a former U. S....

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  • Digital Scrapbook

    Jan 31

    With these very cold and snowy weeks coming in February, it will be an excellent time to get some of the scanning of the vintage family photos. Better yet, start creating on your computer a complete digital scrapbook -- one that can later be shared easily with family members. When the traditional cut and paper scrapbook is put together, there is ...

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  • Checking Your Research

    Jan 15

    It is called human error and there were many mistakes in the vintage vital records of our ancestors. Some errors due to carelessness along with inaccurate information known or provided to an official. These are just documents, but there were mistakes even done by stone cutters in making headstones for grave sites. So as a family history researcher,...

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