Roots & Branches

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Breaking Down Marriage Records

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Marriage records can contain a surprising amount of information. It's easy to confuse some of the dates and names. Let's take a look at a marriage record and break it down to see what it's really telling us. Read More »

Finding Females in Death Records

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Tracing the female half of the family tree can be a bit tricky. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind when you're having trouble finding a female in death records. Read More »

Searching By Record Type on

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If you have searched on, you've probably done so from our search form on the member homepage. This is a great tool that can bring you results from a wide variety of databases, but what if you're looking for... Read More »

Kentucky Research: Vital Records for the Bluegrass State

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With its rolling hills, deep forests, and rushing rivers, Kentucky is a beautiful state. Kentucky is also rich in genealogical resources. Let's take a look at some of the vital record collections you'll find on Read More »

5 Tips for Finding Birth Records

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You know your ancestor was born; you're living proof of that! Sometimes, however, it can be a little difficult to find his or her birth record. Here are five tips to help you find it: Read More »

Using the New Show More Feature

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It's not unusual to find several people with the same name in the census. Going through the results to find the right one just got easier, thanks to the new "Show more" feature. Read More »

Finding Collections on

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Searching across all 2.6 billion records on is easy. But how can you find out what collections are available? This video will show you all about the Collections page, including the section on new and updated collections and how to find collections for a specific location. Read More » Launches 5 Million U.S. Vital Records

Category - is pleased to announce the release of more than 5 million birth, marriage, and death records to its members. If your family tree reaches into Alabama, Arizona, California or the District of Columbia, you will want to search in these records. The new collections include... Read More »

Using the 1850 Mortality Schedule

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You've probably thought of using the census to find your ancestors living with their families. But have you thought about using it to find when an ancestor died and their cause of death? In certain censuses, such as 1850, you can do just that. Read More »

Rhode Island: Vital Records in the Ocean State

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Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 states, but it has a lot of genealogy. Recently, launched three Rhode Island vital records collections. Let's take a look at them and how they can help your genealogy. Read More »

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