Tag Archives: family history

U is for Under-utilized

These records are not high on the list of sources for genealogical information, but can yield important clues to further your efforts. City Directories- a good indicator of mobility–when did they arrive in or depart from a city? Court Records: … Continue reading

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T is for Timeline

Plotting your ancestors on a timeline can be a helpful exercise for several reasons. If you don’t know much about them, seeing them in their historical context gives you a general idea of what life might have been like for … Continue reading

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S is for Story

“Moments are history. If you have enough of them, they become a story.”  ― Adriana Trigiani, The Shoemaker’s Wife By now I hope you can see that it is the stories behind the names and dates that make your family … Continue reading

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R is for Relatives

Relatives are a great source for family information! Talk to everyone in your family, especially the oldest members. Glean all you can from their memories before they move on and you lose access to this valuable resource. Here are some … Continue reading

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Q is for Queries

Queries appear on Message Boards of various genealogical sites and are questions people pose in hopes that someone seeing it will have the answers they seek. Something like the Personals Column of a newspaper (“Seeking a fun-loving traveling companion who … Continue reading

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P is for Photos

What an exciting plus for the genealogist or family historian to come upon photographs of ancestors! A story recently published in the Charlotte Observer displayed this iconic 1908 photo by Lewis Hine and told the story behind the discovery of her … Continue reading

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N is for Newspapers

  Newspapers are not only great for finding obituaries, but sometimes you can find items of interest that will flesh out the lives of your ancestors. I only have paid subscriptions to a couple genealogy services, and GenealogyBank.com is one … Continue reading

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M is for Marriage Records

Marriage records are a great source of genealogical data. In my experience, church records tend to have less information that those kept by the town or state, but were occasionally kept by family groups if the family were long-time residents … Continue reading

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L is for Libraries!

There are lots of reasons to love a library. Here’s a few of my favorite libraries for genealogical research: American Antiquarian Society in Worcester MA. This is the largest collection of U.S. printed material to 1876 in the United States. It has … Continue reading

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K is for Key strategies

1. Get organized. Whether you keep your Tree on paper, your computer, or in the Cloud, set up a system for keeping track of what you find and where and when you found it. Keep a Research Log that notes … Continue reading

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