United States

  • Languages Across the United States

    Jun 19

    Generally you think of everyone speaking English in the United States, in the past and today. If you had ancestors coming from Italy at the beginning of the 20th Century, they may have never learned English and only their children or grandchildren were the first to speak English and also know and understand Italian. This same situation happened ...

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  • Map and Chart Tools

    Apr 21

    There are types of specialty maps and charts today to help better understand how our ancestors lived. The University of Oregon's Mapping Project has a wealth of historical time periods and events in digital maps to see the progress and changes over the decades. It starts off with North America and where were the early English, French and Spanish s...

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  • Common Surnames. European origins.

    Apr 5

    You could guess the most common surnames in the United States, more than likely you have one or more ancestors with that surname, making it difficult to track the right relative. Some of those family names in the U. S. include Smith, Johnson, Williams, Brown, and Jones. However, if your ancestors originally came from a western or eastern Europe...

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  • Expansion of America

    Mar 23

    The American frontier has never been only the 'wild west' as many people think. The 'frontier' - the wilderness, untamed lands of America started with the first Europeans to come to the shores of what would later be the United States. The Spaniards came to the eastern coast to create St. Augustine in what was later named Florida. The English ca...

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  • USA — Cyndi’s List

    Mar 3

    With ancestors who lived in one or more locations across the United States, you will need to search each of those states and the counties in those states to learn more about those relatives. To assist in locating resources for each state is Cyndi's List on all the states in the United States along with the District of Columbia (Washington). Wit...

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  • English, American & Canadian Occupations in 1891

    Nov 16

    As you have done your family research you may have come across the titles or names of various occupations done by your ancestors, possibility some names you have never heard of. That is very possible since new products and services are created over the years as the ideas and needs of a society change. An excellent example would be a blacksmith,...

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  • Surnames in USA

    Oct 28

    National Geographic Magazine online has an interesting map of the United States where you can see the most common and frequent surnames throughout the country. Being an interactive map you can zoom in on a specific region, then a state and even to a certain portion of a state; such as the state's panhandle region. Besides the 48 states also Alas...

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  • Library & Archives of Canada

    Sep 14

    With the entire northern length of the United States bordered with the Commonwealth nation of Canada, it is very possible a few ancestors were born, lived or died there. In fact an aspect most people don't realize is that many young men during World War I who were not accepted in the military in their native United States (health or occupational re...

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  • Newspapers Researched

    Sep 10

    Newspapers are one of the most valuable resources for family historians. The online site titled; Elephind allows you to search over 50 million items from 1,145 newspaper titles. The researcher can search across many newspaper collections simultaneously rather than having to visit each collection separately. Many of the smaller newspaper collection...

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  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

    Aug 21

    These maps known as Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are of small, medium and large sized towns and cities date back to the 19th century and well into the 20th century. They can be very important in locating where a family business, shop and neighborhood would have been at a specific time frame. The Sanborn Company (started by Daniel A. Sanborn), an Am...

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