surnames

  • Finds on eBay

    Feb 21

    So true, all types of photos, booklets, journals, letters, receipts, etc can be found up for auction or 'buy now' on eBay (an online auction site). People from around the globe can place items they have owned or just acquired (such as yard sales, second-hand stores, thrift shops etc.). It is truly amazing what can be found. Of course, you have t...

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  • Unusual Given Names of Ancestors

    Dec 13

    In developing your family tree have you come across some given names (first or middle names) in which you wonder where did that name come from? Here are some thoughts on how over the years some given names have come about. First, many given names (especially middle names for females) for a baby are a family surname, so that name is carried on. So ...

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  • The Challenging Part of Genealogy

    Sep 9

    The reason that working on your family tree can take so long is that there are a few challenging segments. If you are just beginning, be aware of the more difficult aspects to doing a family tree and if you have been at the search for awhile, don't give up ... most of the time there can be success. A Person's Middle Name: Oh yes, that can be a cha...

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  • Newspaper Details

    Jul 3

    It was so common in medium size and especially small towns with a newspaper to print all types of details about businesses, events, churches, social items, recording of land deeds, and just ordinary citizens. Newspapers did not do just the wedding news and obituaries, but rather everyday life. An excellent source is to spend time and look for the ...

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  • The Most Common Surname in the United States

    Apr 16

    One of the clues genealogists use to track down information about relatives and ancestors is the person's surname. If your family has a unique surname, it won't be too difficult to find people who share it. However, if your family surname happens to be the most common one in the United States – you're going to end up with a lot of “false posi...

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  • Useful Ideas when Searching on Google

    Jan 25

    Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything, but not necessarily your family tree. However, here are a few ideas to improve your chances of finding more about a hometown, a business or an ancestor using Google. First, narrow the search. Place quote marks (") around the names or keywords you are searching. If it is a person's na...

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  • Baffling Ancestors – Some Hints

    Jan 15

    Everyone has more than one elusive ancestor in their direct lineage or extended family line. It can be quite baffling for a family researcher to find our details on that person. Here are a few hints and suggestions to help in the process. If you have found their death date and a possible location, search for a Will on file. Those legal documents ...

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  • Getting Names Correct

    Nov 25

    One of the most important aspects of your family tree is your ancestors' names (first, middle, surname and female maiden names). Everyone sees various name spellings and even totally different names for certain individuals while doing research. So what you need to do to help ensure you have names correct are the following ideas. Be as complete in ...

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  • Lost Cause?? No Way.

    Oct 7

    You may have tried or even been afraid to attempt to work in depth on your family history. However, maybe all you needed were some clues of how to search. If you have family surnames that are quite common (Smith, Jones, Johnson, Williams, etc) you need to add some keywords to help in the search. Place the given name with the surname in quote marks...

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  • September 11, 2001 – the 15th Remembrance

    Sep 11

    The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred 15 years ago as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons with over 6,000 injured. Four separate teams of Middle East terrorists, operating from inside the U.S., boarded the morning flights posing as passengers, then forcibly commandeered the aircraft. Tw...

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