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  • Vintage Photos of Places & People

    Feb 23

    From the Library of Congress, US National Archives and state archives, a map of the United States, outlining each state is accessible online to locate vintage photos from that state. The years begin in 1837, then to the mid-1840s, 1850s and beyond. Not every year is represented but as you move more towards the late 1800s and into the 1900s the numb...

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  • Regions of America

    Mar 15

      From Colin Woodard in his book "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" he sees that America is “our continent’s famed mobility has been reinforcing, not dissolving, regional differences, as people increasingly sort themselves into like-minded communities.” Woodard breaks the nation into 11...

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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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  • 1890 Census – Survivors

    Oct 9

      The U. S. Federal Census has been done every ten years at the beginning of each new decade. That was true for the June 1890 census. Only years later, in 1921 there was a massive fire in the building housing that 1890 census and most of the paper documents were destroyed - this long before digital copies became available. So how will you ev...

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  • Wills on Ancestry

    Sep 4

      Available on Ancestry.com is the massive collection of Wills across the nation now made digital. It is a scanned digital copy of the actual (mostly handwritten) Wills of original people. These documents cover well over 100 million people, including the deceased (names, dates) as well as their family, friends and others involved in the prob...

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  • Ancestors – Most Were Farmers

    Aug 5

      When looking about ancestors 2 to 3 generations back (pre-1930s) and further, more than likely they would have been farmers, somewhere in the country. There are many journals and newspapers produced over the decades for farmers and ranchers. On the site titled 'The Ancestor Hunter' is a section about the many farmer related newspapers that...

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  • Map of Places Visited – Lived

    Jul 3

    Want to add an interesting map to your family documents or do something a bit different at the next family reunion- well try mapping all the states and / or countries you have either lived in or visited. There are a couple different ways you can do this very simple online map titled Maploco. Have a map of just places a specific branch of the f...

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  • Free Indexes on Ancestry.com

    Jun 29

    The Ancestry.com site (a subscription fee source) is a super collection of databases and records which can really benefit all family history researchers. However, many of their online databases through Ancestry.com are FREE and available for anyone to use even if you have no paid subscription. The list (scroll down) of available databases is tr...

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  • United States Newspapers

    Jun 3

    The United States Listing of free or fee based available online newspapers are listed by states. Select one of the states your ancestors may have lived in at any time frame and see what is available. You will see cities and / or county names, so know both. The dates of newspaper coverage for that location is to the right. Keep in mind many counti...

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  • Federation of Genealogical Societies

    May 27

      Often overlooked by family history researchers are the hundreds of genealogical societies across the United States. They are members of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, who work together to provide the best information and resources for researchers. They also work on many preservation programs such as saving and making digital the ...

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