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  1. Marriage Records, circa 1848

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    Recently I found the 1848 Ohio marriage record for my husband’s 2nd great-grandfather, John Garver (1821-1901) and his wife Mary Ann Overly (1829-1890).  Often I give these types of records a cursory glance, looking for the names and dates I need—but this time I read the old, handwritten record closely,...
  2. Google Image Search for Genealogy: How to Use Your Family Photos to Expand Your Research

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    Do you have an old family photo you cannot identify? Are you unsure of the time or place a photo was taken in? Perhaps you want to connect with others who are researching a specific ancestor you have an image of? Try using Google Image Search to aid you in your...
  3. Genealogy Books: 7 Top Family History Reads to Inform and Inspire

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    Genealogy books have long been a valuable part of family history research. Providing help and how-to on a huge range of topics, the best selections will take any genealogist on a journey of discovery. But with an ever growing assortment of online reference information for family historians it is easy...
  4. Many Ancestry Collections Free For Three Days

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    Ancestry.com is offering totally free access to millions of records in their “Favorite Collections of 2013” now through Dec 29th. The free collections include those spanning four centuries and three continents–including 22 collections from the US and 19 from Europe. I was especially excited to see that they included some...
  5. FamilySearch.org: 5 Reasons We Love the LDS Family History Website

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    Whether you’re fairly new to genealogy, or a seasoned pro, you’ve most likely used FamilySearch.org. Recently they released some seriously awesome improvements and we couldn’t help but take the time to share some of the reasons we love, love, love the LDS family history website now more than ever. 5...
  6. Ancestry for Free: Genealogy Research Sites That Don’t Cost a Dime

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    Can you really research your ancestry for free? Yes you can! Most seasoned genealogists know that there are an ever growing number of free family history resources online–but it is easy for beginners to get overwhelmed trying to find quality resources and end up turning to just one or two...
  7. The Genealogy Generation Gap

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    Growing up in a small town in the 1950’s, the generation gap meant that old folks didn’t understand teenagers.  When I became seriously involved in genealogy research, I realized that some researchers also misunderstand the ‘Genealogy Generation Gap’. I asked a genealogical society group this question. “How many years are in...
  8. You are Number One on the Pedigree Chart

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    The Pedigree or Ancestral Chart is a summary of your family at a glance.  It contains basic information about each maternal and paternal generation of your family.  Whether you are just beginning your family history or reviewing your research, your pedigree chart is the guide to your family tree. For...
  9. Pension Files Reveal Family Stories

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    Names and dates are the core of our family history research but no one wants just lists of names and dates.  What we really want is to take those names and breathe some life into them.  We want real people to go with those names.  So, how do we do...
  10. Interview with National Genealogical Society President Jordan Jones

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    Many thanks to National Genealogical Society President Jordan Jones for taking the time to answer our questions about conducting genealogical research.  FHD: What inspired you to become interested in genealogy originally? I received genealogical information — a compiled family history, and an Antebellum family Bible — from older family members...

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