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Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer — Iowa Vital Records

Question: How do I access Vital Records for Iowa and what is available? Answer: Iowa State administrative processing of vital records consist of but are not limited to: adoptions, amendments, births, deaths, legal name changes, marriages, delayed certificate, foreign-born birth, and court-ordered actions. A copy or extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk’s office of the county where the event occurred. Effective as of January 1, 2014 vital records fee transactions from the State is $20. Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1880 and general compliance was by 1924. Marriages began to be recorded with formation of the county. Statewide registration began in 1880 with compliance also in 1880. Some vital records for Iowa are available through FamilySearch Historical Records at no cost, they … Read entire article »

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Bounty Land Records

Bounty Land Records

Bounty land records identify the earliest date of residence or arrival for ancestors. Bounty land records frequently supply other places of residence for them which leads you to additional places to search for them. These sources identify ancestors both military and non-military. Here are a few facts about bounty lands: Military bounty land was awarded in specific tracts or areas where boundaries were set by law The military man was required to describe his military service, dates, … Read entire article »

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Charting for Success

Charting for Success

Visual aids are critical when working on your family history projects. Charts help you to visually understand relationships and identify holes in your research. A variety of charts can be used for different purposes during various stages of research. Here are a few types of charts to use and some info on how they can assist you: Timelines – Use a time line to track an ancestor or family over time. When you first begin your … Read entire article »

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Proving Family Relationships: US Land and Tax Records Retreat

This retreat will focus on fundamental sources and strategies used by expert and professional researchers to successfully document and accurately prove American genealogies with an emphasis on US land and tax records.  These land and property records prove your family relationships and extend your family lines. You will discover how basic sources link together to build and prove a pedigree. The terms “fundamental sources” and “basic sources” do not mean easy or beginning research. They are much more detailed than that. Learn specific research strategies that speed up your search time and focus your attention directly on the evidence you need to identify and document correctly the individuals in your family history. Make sure you have the correct family members identified for each family group: if you check and re-check the … Read entire article »

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Probate Research

Probate Research

Probate is a set of court or government procedures established for the orderly transfer of property from a deceased person to his or her heirs and/or assigns. Records kept in the course of a probate action are valuable sources for information for genealogists about the deceased and the deceased’s family. One of the greatest challenges in using probate and other legal documents is understanding the terminology. The simple solution is to use the Internet or a … Read entire article »

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Using the FamilySearch Catalog

Using the FamilySearch Catalog

The FamilySearch Catalog, previously known as the Family History Library Catalog, has additional functionality that you need to be aware of! The FamilySearch Catalog name changed when FamilySearch began to include catalog items from FamilySearch’s Family History Library (FHL)*, Family History Centers and FamilySearch Libraries around the world. One of the most exciting new developments for the FamilySearch Catalog is that in 2014 it became available via OCLC WorldCat, the world’s largest bibliographic database for materials. WorldCat … Read entire article »

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Prove the Marriage at our Family History Retreat in February

Prove the Marriage at our Family History Retreat in February

Understanding the first record of the family—beginning of the family unit is critical to your research success. Marriage records often reveal identification of Groom, the maiden name of the Bride, and other significant people in the lives of the Groom and Bride. Did you know that a minimum of 16 different official, legal marriage records could be found to document your hard-to-find ancestors? This Retreat will focus on the importance of the marriage record and how … Read entire article »

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DearMYRTLE and Holly Hansen: Scandinavian Research Retreat

DearMYRTLE and Holly Hansen: Scandinavian Research Retreat

DearMYRTLE loves family history research and loves sharing innovative ways to increase research success. On December 22nd she interviewed Holly about the upcoming Scandinavian Research Retreat to be held in Salt Lake City. DearMYRTLE, Russ Worthington, and Holly discuss the benefits of attending a Family History Expos Research Retreat in Salt Lake City. Watch the interview online: We look forward to seeing you at a Retreat real soon! … Read entire article »

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LifeStory and Family History Expos Have Teamed Up!

LifeStory and Family History Expos Have Teamed Up!

We have worked with LifeStory for many years. They are exhibitors at many of our Expos and Retreats. We love their Heritage Collector System. If you do not already own “The Heritage Collector System” today is the day to download and try the Free Standard Version. Marlo and Holly have been working together for years with webinars, classes, and training that assists family history enthusiasts to share the results of the research with family and friends, … Read entire article »

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Ask -the-Pros — Question and Answer — Patronymic or Matronymic

Question: What is a patronymic or matronymic? Answer: A patronym, or patronymic, is a name that is based on the name of the father, grandfather, or any important male in the family. Example: In Scandinavia the surname “Hansen” mean “Hans’ son” and “Carlson” means “Carl’s son”. patronymic → “pater” (“father) + “nym” (“name”) A matronym, or matronymic is part of a personal name based on the mother’s name or any other important female in the family.  In Iceland the name “Mínervudóttir” means “Minerva’s daughter”. You often see matronyms used in Spanish names. matronymic → “mater” (“mother”) + “nym” (“name”) … Read entire article »

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