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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Native American and Slave Research

Question: Will the Expos help me to trace mine and my husband Native American and slave roots. If not, where can I go to get help? Answer: The answer to the first part of this question about whether or not attending a Family History Expo will help with your research, depends entirely on you and your research needs. But for an example, the upcoming Northern California Family History Expo has many classes that will assist with developing research strategies, regardless of the background of your ancestors. Past Expos have had classes specifically addressing both native american and slave research. You might want to purchase the syllabus for the Georgia Family History Expo in 2012 where there were several specific classes offered on these subjects. As to the anser of the second, more general, question, … Read entire article »

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Preview of the Northern California Family History Expo 2013

Preview of the Northern California Family History Expo 2013

Plans for the Northern California Family History Expo 2013 are well underway. The complete class schedule is available online and the date and location are also. Come join us at the Northern California Expo and learn how to research your family history and extend your pedigree! The Northern California Family History Expo 2013 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Scaramento Northeast, 5321 Date Avenue, Sacramento, California 95841 on June 28 from 12:00 pm and on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Expo News, Press Releases

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – The Proverbial Brick Wall

Question: I am at the proverbial brick wall with my ancestor Saunders Haines. Saunders could be short for Alexander and Haines was later spelled Haynes.The earliest I can find him is in 1775 in Catskill, Ulster County, NY, where he (under name of Alexander) and Christina Halenbeck were married. I know he was in the Revolutionary War, that he had at least 5 children, and that in the Census of 1790, he was in New Paltz, New York. He moved to Rensselaerville, Albany County, where he died in 1813.How can I locate his place of birth and that of his parents, as well as their names? Answer: What this question describes is commonly referred to as a “brick wall,” however, the circumstances described should not fall into that category because there are likely … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Finding a professional

Question: My great grandfather on my mother’s side came over from Denmark in 1906 so my research quickly requires someone that speaks and reads a different language, as well as knows the system for vital records for a different country.How do you connect with someone who can do all that? I tried through Ancestry.com and also local universities thinking they might have a Danish language department that can point me to someone but finding someone who is fluent in Danish, let alone also knows the Danish vital records system, seems impossible. Answer: Finding a specific professional genealogist may seem difficult, but there are a number of qualified people out there, but as you note, the trick is how to find them. We can suggest a number of different ways to find you Danish … Read entire article »

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Ask – the – Pros – Question and Answer – Voter Registration Lists

Question: What were the suffrage requirements in 1796 Maryland? Answer: This question really involves the more general topic of voter registration lists. Commonly, in most jurisdictions where voting was possible and where registration was required, historic voter registration lists may still be available. Unfortunately, many of these records have yet to make their way online and you may have to search for them in state and local archives as well as historical societies. One good source for records is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can search the Family History Library Catalog (now called the FamilySearch Library Catalog) online at FamilySearch.org. You will have to click on the “Search” link to see the link to the Catalog. A search by the word “vote” resulted in finding 2,120 different documents. You … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family History Education, Research Tips

Dutch Settlers in New York

This article is contributed by Arlene H. Eakle, PhD. Let me introduce you to a relatively new book about the Dutch settlers in New York: Dutch New York:  The Roots of the Hudson Valley Culture. Edited by Roger Panetta.  2009.  Prepared to accompany an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum with the support of Westchester County and Fordham University Press. This very interesting volume is a series of 13 chapters on varying aspects of the culture through the Hudson Valley from influences of slavery, commerce, Indian villages, architecture, the romantic tradition in literature, historical documents and artifacts, family traditions, and even Santa Claus. Dutch influences in America: Practical tolerance that allowed immigrant peoples of differing backgrounds to live together without persecution or war.  New York became the immigrant capital of America. Free trade permitting small colonies, … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – More about American Indian Ancestry

Ask-the-Pros is a feature of the Family History Expos website. The feature is available from a link appearing on many of the pages of the website. If you ask a question, it will be reviewed and may be answered in this blog. It may be some time before your question is answered in a formal blog post. Question: I have a relative who was born in Alabama in 1868 and died in Texas in 1927. I have always been told she was Comanche Indian, the two census records that I have located her on do not state that she is Native American. I can’t find any death certificate for her, I do have a location for her burial. I am wanting to know how do I go about proving Native American lineage … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family History Education, Research Tips

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