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  • Learning About Your Family, With Yearbooks
    By on April 25th, 2012 | 4 Comments4 Comments Comments
    Year Books offer us a great reminder of our days gone by. We can thumb through them before reunions to see who had the big hair, who was destined for sports greatness, and who the chess club elite were. They can also offer us a glimpse into our family history when we view year books our relatives make an appearance in. There are many great ways tha...
  • How Important are Vital Records for Your Genealogy Re...
    By on March 29th, 2012 | No Comments Comments
    Discovering the history of your origin is both an exciting and difficult journey to traverse. Sometimes the journey can produce interesting and enticing results, whilst others can unearth long and forgotten history that may have been better left lost. Regardless, there is an undeniable urge to pinpoint our past in order to establish our future, and...
  • How to Trace Your German Ancestry
    By on June 10th, 2011 | 2 Comments2 Comments Comments
    Germany has a more fragmented history than most nations; it first became recognized as a unified country in 1871, and before that was comprised of loosely associated kingdoms, cities, and private estates. This can make tracing German ancestry more difficult than it seems at first glance, as some records for individuals or families with Germanic he...
  • Using Digital Photography for Genealogy
    By on June 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment Comments
    Preservation Issues One of the most difficult aspects of Genealogy is the simple fact that paper disintegrates over time, no matter how carefully it is stored or handled. This is especially true of photographs and documents not treated with archival care; our ancestors didn’t know when they were writing their wills or photographing their childre...
  • How to Date Old Photographs
    By on November 23rd, 2009 | 7 Comments7 Comments Comments
    One of the things that can provide clues is the hair styles of the women in the picture, because just like today they changed hair styles. While their hair would not be short, the type of bun, bangs or no bangs can provide hints to the age of the photograph. Men’s hair styles and facial hair is not as easy to decipher the photos age. The clothin...
  • African American Research Resources
    By on May 17th, 2009 | No Comments Comments
    Before digging into those however, its important to dig into your own resources, family members, personal papers and get everything organized and in order so that you have a method to your madness. While thats of course important in any kind of sound research, its especially important when it comes to finding African-American research. There are ...
  • Official Launch of the World Archives Project
    By on March 20th, 2009 | 3 Comments3 Comments Comments
    The beta project that existed to help folks discover more about their families was a huge success, and now, its no longer beta. The official launch of the Ancestry world archival project is coming to pass, bringing more records online for those who want to review them. Literally thousands of people took part in the Ancestry World project, but the...
  • How to Use Genealogy Forums
    By on March 13th, 2009 | 6 Comments6 Comments Comments
    There are a few common sense things that we need to do to assure that we get all the help we can, and that those we ask are able to assist us in our searches. Using a forum has a few rules and in fact a few bits of etiquette that will serve you well when using them, but more than this, its important to be able to put the data you’re seeking ...
  • Destroying Old Documents in Three Easy Steps
    By on December 27th, 2008 | 3 Comments3 Comments Comments
    The more we want to protect something the more stringent will be our efforts to safeguard it and in reality, some of the most horrible things you can do to the older documents and paperwork of your family will be in your attempts to protect or preserve it for future generations. Of course there are myriad ways to actually destroy something, howeve...
  • Safeguarding Your Paper Documents
    By on December 15th, 2008 | No Comments Comments
    Lets see a show of hands.. How many of us, and yes, I will certainly include myself in this one, store away little bits and pieces of our lives in every place imaginable around the house. Finding a place to put all the little things that you have collected over the years that speak of your history and heritage can be a daunting, if not nearly impos...

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