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  1. Researching Female Ancestors: Challenges and Resources

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    Editor’s note: This post is being shared in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th and Women’s History Month (March). Originally published March 15, 2013. The dictionary tells us that being invisible is being inconspicuous, unobtrusive, and unnoticeable. From a researcher’s point of view, tracing the life movements of...
  2. Family History Centers: Billions of Free Genealogy Records Are Closer Than You Think

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    Many genealogists have dreamed of making their way to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. With genealogy records on more than 3 billion individuals, this family history center hosts the largest collection of its kind found anywhere in the world. But what many don’t realize is that the family history records...
  3. Search Multiple Genealogy Sites at One Time With Our New Tool

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    We have created a new tool on Family History Daily, the Family History Search Engine. It’s a simple custom search box that allows you to look for your ancestors on a wide variety of different genealogy websites. We have added mostly free genealogy resources to our search–including large research websites and smaller regional archives...
  4. What’s Your Favorite Free Genealogy Resource? Please Share

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    We get a lot of questions at Family History Daily about locating free genealogy resources on the web. While we certainly have our favorites, and do our best to stay up-to-date on new research options, we also know that best is a relative term. Having a wide variety of great research and educational options...
  5. Access Genealogy Databases for Free On Your Library’s Website

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    Looking for a free way to access a variety of genealogy records online? Well there’s good news. An increasing number of libraries are now providing complementary access to genealogy resources directly on their websites. Free access to sites like Ancestry, Fold3, World Vital Records or genealogy related ebooks are a great way to save on...
  6. 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...

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