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Jennifer Holik

Resources for Examining Your Ancestors' Neighborhood

Jennifer Holik | Feb 19, 2014

Beyond the facts surrounding your ancestor, have you considered putting the person or family into historical context? By examining the neighborhood or the town in which your ancestor lived, you may discover information you never considered before or knew existed. Read More

Lisa Alzo

Wild and Wonderful Resources for Finding West Virginia Ancestors

Lisa Alzo | Feb 12, 2014

If the path to your ancestors takes you home to West Virginia, use this article as a roadmap to help you find them. Read More

Jennifer Holik

The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part II

Jennifer Holik | Feb 6, 2014

The dead have been cleared from the smoky battlefield and are on the stripping line at the Graves Registration Service... Read More

Jennifer Holik

The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part I

Jennifer Holik | Jan 29, 2014

They say dead men tell no tales, but the troops who fought and died told their stories to the men of the Graves Registration Service. Read More

Thomas MacEntee

Epidemics and Pandemics: The Records Left Behind

Thomas MacEntee | Jan 14, 2014

Research related to epidemics and pandemics takes skill in unearthing not-so-obvious records and connecting the dots. Read More

Lisa Alzo

Best Resources for Urban Research

Lisa Alzo | Jan 8, 2014

Many of us have ancestors who put down roots in the city. People who lived in cities tended to be more mobile; they may not move as far, but they seem to move more often. Luckily for genealogists, there are several resources you can use specifically for urban research. Read More

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