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Expert Series: Catholic Records, Reluctant Relatives, and Youth Workshops

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The Archives' Expert Series authors don't stop writing when the school year draws to a close! They have been hard at work writing great articles to help you discover more of your family history. Recent articles include Catholic records, hard-to-interview relatives, and creating a genealogy workshop for youth. Let's take a look! Read More »

New Collections for South Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin

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The vital record collections on keep on growing! We recently added more than 13 million vital records from South Carolina, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. If you have ancestors in those states, you will want to check out these 12 new collections!
Highlights Include:
South Carolina, Early Death Records includes statewide death certificates, 1915-1955 Read More »

Livestreams in May: Military, Newspapers, Cemeteries and the Census

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Want to learn more about military ancestors or newspapers? What about cemeteries or getting more from the 1920-1940 censuses? The livestreams on Wednesdays in May are just the thing you're looking for! Here is the upcoming schedule:
May 8, Salute Their Service: Identifying Military Ancestors Read More »

Organize Your Genealogy, Share a Family Tree, and More!

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The Expert Series authors have been a busy group! Recently, they have had articles about organizing your genealogy research (including using a virtual assistant), creating and sharing unique family trees, using Federal tax records, and more! Let's take a look at their recent articles.

Need to get your genealogy notes organized? We have two articles that can help! First, Jennifer Holik shares tips and tricks with "Two Tools to Analyze Your Genealogy Data: OneNote and Blogs." Thomas MacEntee delves into the topic Read More »

5 Guaranteed Ways to Mess Up Your Genealogy

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We at love to share tips to help you find your ancestors. Today, we're pointing out some sure-fire ways that you can mess up all your work. Why would we do such a thing? Think of the following as good examples of what not to do. Read More » Adds 13 Million Vital Records

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The flowers are growing and so are the vital record collections on! We recently added 13.6 million vital records from eight states. If you have ancestors in Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, or Pennsylvania, these new collections might hold the answers you've been looking for.
Highlights Include: Connecticut Death and Burial Index Read More » Adds 28 Million U.S. Vital Records

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You might have heard about the recent addition of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America records on The new records don't stop there! In addition to the ELCA collections, we have added more than 28 million vital records from seven states. These 21 collections contain some fantastic genealogical information.
Highlights Include: Illinois Death Read More »

Using the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Records

Category - recently published nearly 4.6 million records from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The livestream video this week showed how to use these records. Amy Johnson Crow also gave background about the ELCA and how that impacts who you can expect to find. If you couldn't make it to today's livestream, you can watch it here Read More »

Archives Livestreams in April: Lutheran Records, Common Names and More!

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Looking to learn more about genealogy? You can enjoy free genealogy livestreams every Wednesday at 1:00pm Eastern/10:00am Pacific! Here's the lineup for April:
April 3, Using the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Records on recently published over 4.5 million records from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This livestream will cover what the records include and how to search for them on Read More » Publishes Millions of Lutheran Church Records

Category - is thrilled to announce the release of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) birth, marriage and death record collections! These three collections total nearly 4.6 million records., in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives, digitized and indexed approximately one thousand rolls of microfilmed records from churches now affiliated with the ELCA. These records have never before been online. Read More »

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