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Thomas MacEntee

Bring Out Your Dead: A Look at Mortality Schedules

by Thomas MacEntee | Oct 31, 2013

Many states did not keep civil death records in the mid- to late-1800s. Mortality schedules, part of some federal censuses, can help fill in the gap for some ancestors who died during that time. Read More

Lisa Alzo

Using Yearbooks to Learn About Your Ancestors

by Lisa Alzo | Jul 11, 2013

Most Likely to Succeed. Best Athlete. Class Clown. Ever wonder what your parents, or grandparents, were like when they were in high school? Read More

Jennifer Holik

Historical Markers Point to Genealogical Treasures

by Jennifer Holik | Jun 6, 2013

Finding an ancestor's home is not only thrilling, but can also lead to great information about the people who lived... Read More

Sunny McClellan Morton

Understanding U.S. Naturalization Records

by Sunny McClellan Morton | Jun 4, 2013

During the peak years of U.S. immigration, an estimated 75% of eligible arrivals applied for citizenship. This status carried practical... Read More

Gena P. Ortega

Anatomy of a Death Certificate

by Gena P. Ortega | May 30, 2013

Death certificates give us so many more clues that just the date of a person's death. Let's take a closer look at death certificates and see how we can best use them. Read More

Diane L. Richard

Using Federal Direct Tax Records

by Diane L. Richard | Apr 11, 2013

The United States federal government began levying revenue taxes back in 1791 with a tax on distilled spirits. Soon after,... Read More

Sunny McClellan Morton

Research a Relative's College Days

by Sunny McClellan Morton | Apr 2, 2013

We think of college attendance as a relatively modern phenomenon, and for many Americans, it is. A lot of families... Read More

Gena P. Ortega

Dear Diary: Finding Family History in Manuscript Collections

by Gena P. Ortega | Mar 7, 2013

Do you ever wish you could stumble upon a diary that your ancestor wrote or a letter that mentions your... Read More

Harold Henderson

Probate Records: A Gift Many Genealogists Fail to Open

by Harold Henderson | Sep 4, 2012

Everybody dies. Many have their property dealt with in probate proceedings afterwards. A few make wills. Why would any genealogist... Read More

Harold Henderson

Where There's A Will There's A Deed

by Harold Henderson | Jul 3, 2012

We know just enough about William Berry's life to want to know more.1 When his father died in 1759, six-year-old... Read More

Betty Malesky

Divorce: Dilemma For Early Americans

by Betty Malesky | Jun 21, 2012

Divorce is not the 20th century phenomenon it might seem to be. It's nearly as old as creation. Marriage was... Read More

Michael Pollock

You Don't Know What You May Be Missing: Using Order Books & Chancery Papers

by Michael Pollock | Mar 27, 2012

Order books and Chancery Papers are genealogical resources too rarely utilized to the extent they could and should be. A... Read More

Claudia Breland

Essential Records You Won't Find Online

by Claudia Breland | Feb 7, 2012

Consider these words: "But Sir I would implore your Aid and assistance, as far as you can to A Man... Read More

Lisa Alzo

Beyond The Arrival Date: Extracting More From Immigrant Passenger Lists

by Lisa Alzo | Dec 20, 2011

Passenger lists provide genealogists with key information about an ancestor's arrival in the New World. Once located, these records can... Read More

Susan Jackman

The Good News About Taxes: Finding And Using Tax Records In Your Genealogical Research

by Susan Jackman | Dec 6, 2011

Taxes go so far back that we read about them in the Bible. It would seem there could be nothing... Read More

Harold Henderson

Genealogy & Property Records

by Harold Henderson | Sep 15, 2011

The property deeds, mortgages, and other legal instruments filed in county courthouses are the superheroes of genealogy. They may appear... Read More

Lisa Alzo

Clues You Can Use: Dissecting Obituaries

by Lisa Alzo | Aug 24, 2011

Obituaries are useful resources for genealogists. They often provide a wealth of information about an ancestor's life tucked into what's... Read More

Diane L. Richard

Civilian Conservation Corps: Records From The Great Depression Era

by Diane L. Richard | Jul 12, 2011

A group of records often overlooked by researchers are the records of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) programs, a "New... Read More

Gena P. Ortega

Finding Newspapers: Digitized, Microfilmed And Indexed

by Gena P. Ortega | Jun 28, 2011

There's no doubt that newspapers are an important resource for genealogists. But the problem for most researchers is where to... Read More

Lisa Alzo

Finding Clues About Your Ancestors In Fraternal & Social Organization Records

by Lisa Alzo | Apr 1, 2011

Using social media for genealogy is all the rage. We're flocking to Blogs, and sites such as Facebook, GenealogyWise, and... Read More

Andy Likins

Digging Into Cemetery Research

by Andy Likins | Sep 23, 2010

Cemeteries give me chills. No, not because I think they are creepy or I fear a zombie attack. But chills, because they are such a tangible link to our ancestors. Imagine placing flowers at the grave of your fourth great-grandmother. You may be reenacting a scene that occurred Read More

Roberta King

Homestead Records: A Glimpse Into Your Ancestor's Past

by Roberta King | Jun 21, 2010

The Homestead Act of 1862, considered one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history, persuaded eastern-European immigrants, adventure-seekers in the East, and women seeking independence to embrace the notion of founding a home place Read More

Marjory Allen Perez

Added Value: Non-family Diaries and Letters

by Marjory Allen Perez | Sep 18, 2009

I love to read diaries and letters. I am fortunate that some of my ancestors actually kept diaries and their children and grandchildren saved the wonderful little books. They also bundled up letters with ribbons and passed them down to their children. Read More

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