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  1. Genealogy Glossary: Confusing Research Terms and Their Meanings

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    Family history research is full of terms that you may never have encountered before you began constructing your tree. Every genealogist, no matter how experienced, will find themselves pulling out the dictionary as they dig deeper into history. One of our favorite resources to draw from when encountering a word or phrase that we...
  2. Ellis Island Immigration Records: A Newly Redesigned Site Improves Research

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    The Ellis Island records website has long been a great place to find free ancestry information. Providing instant access to more than 50 million immigration records, it’s a vital resource for anyone with immigrant ancestry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Recently we noticed that Ellis Island has...
  3. Colorful Family Relationship Chart Helps Answer the Question “How Are We Related?”

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    Whether you’re gathering with extended family for a holiday or reunion, or connecting with distant genetic cousins via email or facebook, it’s always convenient to have a firm understanding of how exactly everyone is related. It’s a simple enough task when you’re talking about first cousins, or even great aunts,...
  4. Family Tree Template Finder: Free Printable Charts for Genealogy

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    Looking for a family tree template for your genealogy research, class project or to frame as a gift? We’ve done our research and come up with some free printable and interactive family tree templates that are perfect for just about any need. From interactive pedigree charts to simple trees designed...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...

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