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  • Know What That Means?

    Oct 21

    Genealogical terms can be a bit confusing as well as key words found in vital records. So to help out, here are a few with their meanings. Bann - used on marriage forms in the 18th and early 19th century referring to the intent or promise to marry. Many times a future groom or his family had to put up some money or property to prove he was serious...

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  • Database for Bucks Co., PA

    Aug 31

    The Genealogical Society for Bucks County (BCGS) in Pennsylvania has gathered a massive collection of various records (births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, obituaries and cemetery burials) and created a searchable database. This county is in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania, close to Philadelphia, so it does have a long history, created by Will...

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  • Free is Good!!

    May 7

    We all look for that small edge that just might open a door or two into our family's past. When there are databases free and open to everyone that is even better. One to check out is Linkpendium. It is not a database by itself but rather links to other databases. It is divided up locations (U. S. states and territories) as well as locations in the...

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  • Beginning Points

    Apr 19

    Starting your family history research can seem like a monumental task. You may have even attempted it a few years ago and then let it slide. Well, start fresh and know you can find out things about your relatives you never dreamed of. You do have to have patience. Begin by gathering what you had collected earlier. If you hadn't started, see if a...

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  • Genealogical Standard of Proof.

    Mar 31

    When doing your family history research you look for primary vital records. Those are the birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce papers and death certificates official filled out at the time of each event by a government agency. These are also known as primary sources, the best for getting accurate information of names, places and dates. K...

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  • Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records 1878-1994

    Mar 25

      FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 3.7 million Cook County, Illinois death records. These records date from 1878 to 1939 and 1955 to 1994 (although the records are missing for the city of Chicago death records for the years 1910 to 1915). This collection can be searched by first name, last name, gender and race. Access is free. Mos...

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  • Tricks to Locating Maiden Names

    Mar 11

      All the females on your family tree have a maiden name (their birth surname). For those who married and took their husband's name, it can be a challenge to learn that maiden name. Once you do know the maiden name, it becomes much easier to locate additional information on that female ancestor. So some places to assist in your quest to find...

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  • Delaware Vital Records

    Jan 9

      Just placed on FamilySearch.org are the birth-marriage and death records for those born, married or died anywhere in the state of Delaware. The records from the Delaware Public Archives covers from 1650-1974. True, that is quite a bit of records for many decades. Not every record, especially earliest years are available. Many of the earlie...

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  • Records 1970 to 2009

    Sep 21

    In doing your family research sometimes you might concentrate on the very older records and documents. However, in any good research you do need to start with the more recent records - beginning with yourself and your parents and their siblings. Using the free FamilySearch.org site, they have records from phone directories, tax assessments, prop...

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  • Wills on Ancestry

    Sep 4

      Available on Ancestry.comĀ 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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