Tag: Genealogy Research Tips and Tricks

Were Your Ancestors American Pioneers? Here's How to Track Them Down Online

From Conestoga wagons on long, dusty trails to pioneers struggling for success on a homestead in Oregon - America’s westward expansion in the latter part of the 1800’s has long held promise for genealogists. There's a lot to consider when investigating your ancestor’s movement into the American West, primarily because no singular resource or database has it all. In fact, the sheer number of options in this category can make for some very trying research, especially if ...

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These Secret Codes on Death Certficates Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died

Finding death certificates for our ancestors is a critically important part of family history research. These important records contain information about when and where our ancestor lived and died and often include names of a spouse, parents, witnesses and, of course, a cause of death. But the causes of death on death certificates are notoriously hard to read. Certainly, the more we research the better we get at deciphering the meaning of these sloppily written medical texts, ...

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Are you lucky enough to have a collection of old photographs of your ancestors? A surprisingly small number of family historians are able to answer "yes" to this question -- at least as it concerns ancestors who are more than a couple of generations removed. While most of us are certainly going to gain access to at least some photos held by family members during the course of our research, we are often limited to images of ...

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By Jodi Bash Have you ever taken a really long road trip? The kind that takes days to get where you’re going? It’s not as common anymore with cheap, safe air travel. I love the road trip personally - no time constraints, no restrictions on shampoo bottle size, no turbulence! After each trip I understand so much more about terrain, road quality, how long it takes to get somewhere. We take all this for granted when flying, ...

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Are you in search of a date or place of death for a certain member of your family tree, but keep coming up empty-handed? If the individual passed away in the mid to late 1800s, U.S. Mortality Schedules - conducted in connection with the federal census - may be the key to finding the missing piece of your genealogy puzzle.

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I've been doing family history research for 20 years and, like everyone, I've encountered a few brick walls. Although I have been successful in breaking most of those down using solid research techniques, one or two remain. One in particular has haunted me for more than a decade - the parents of one of my 3rd great grandparents. Unable to locate this information I have had to leave this branch of my tree undeveloped.

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sites like ancestry free at library

Looking for a totally free way to access a variety of paid genealogy records, like those provided by Ancestry or MyHeritage, from your own computer? Well there's good news, you most likely can. And you might be surprised to hear that the solution is probably only a few clicks away. An increasing number of libraries are now providing access to genealogy resources free of charge. Many can be accessed directly on their websites -- meaning that you can take advantage of the ...

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No, You DON'T Need a Paid Subscription for Genealogy Research Here's Why

If you have been doing family history research for a while, you are probably fully aware of the fact that there are many free genealogy sites available to you. But for those that are just starting out, it can be very hard to see past the well-promoted paid subscription sites and many people become frustrated when trying to locate records and resources that are actually free. While paid genealogy websites do offer many excellent resources for family historians, ...

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By Lisa Lisson “No one is interested in my story.”  -- “Me? I was just a housewife.” -- “Our family did not do anything special.” -- “Our family never had much.” These are some of the responses I received when I began asking my grandmother (at the time in her late 80s) about her life and family history. So, I got a little sneaky. I pulled out the family photographs and asked her help in identifying the individuals. The stories began ...

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books to read free kindle unlimited

Ongoing education is one of the keys to productive genealogy research. Whether you're taking a fun online family history course like The Genealogy Journey or curling up with some new genealogy books -- you'll be surprised how much there is to learn in the ever-changing world of modern family history research. One of our favorite ways to access genealogy books at a reasonable cost (besides our local library) is via Kindle Unlimited. Update, Sept 2018 - Not all ...

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