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Court Records Yield Relationships

Court Records Yield Relationships

By Holly T. Hansen Searching through court records can be super rewarding! Most of them are not online, but many have been microfilmed and are available through the FamilySearch Family History Library. I have researched my Denham line for years. I collected the marriages, the census records (for the years available), and as many probate records as I could get my hands on. This research effort yielded much information but NOT who the father of Augustus … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros: Researching Immigrant Arrival into America

Ask-the-Pros: Researching Immigrant Arrival into America

Question: What can I study to prepare myself for researching my ancestor’s arrival in America? Answer: By James L. Tanner As genealogical researchers, we commonly come to the issue of our ancestors’ arrival in a new country. For those immigrants coming to America, there is the inevitable border crossing. Of course, since we commonly hear references to “illegal aliens” (now through political correctness called undocumented aliens) we know that a substantial number of people crossed into the United States … Read entire article »

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Military Research in America: Pre-Revolution

Military Research in America: Pre-Revolution

Colonial Wars service is often a major gap in your genealogy knowledge.  You are far enough removed in time for traditions of military involvement to dim.  Yet, the total number of troops mustered was large enough to include some 70-85% of Southern males age 16-45, who participated in local conflicts. Your pre-revolution American ancestors lived through a whole sequence of wars, conflicts, Indian scares, and massacres between 1620 and 1774.  These events united groups of … Read entire article »

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Tracing a Southern Pedigree

Tracing a Southern pedigree is one of the most difficult genealogy challenges you will experience—consider:  you have been looking for your ancestors for 20-25 years. And you are still looking.  Every time you come to the FamilySearch Library, you bring the same research tasks you brought with you last time. You are looking for the same ancestor. There are billions of ancestors now online at Ancestry.com. At MyHeritage.com. At FindMyPast.com. And at FamilySearch.org.  Billions!  From all over the world, to be sure.  But, most of the names come from American records and sources.  If this be true—why is it so hard to find your American ancestor?  Your German ancestor? Your Swedish Ancestor? And to know, for sure, that these ancestors belong to you? Family History Expos is presenting a series of monthly … Read entire article »

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Celebrating and Capturing Memories in England with Valerie Kelley

Celebrating and Capturing Memories in England with Valerie Kelley

They say “you can’t go home again,” but I actually did and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It all started when my husband and I went about deciding what to do for our 40th wedding anniversary. Our anniversary was Sept. 7th, so we decided to make a trip back to England where I had been born 60 years earlier to commemorate both our anniversary and my 60th birthday. I had not been back … Read entire article »

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Family History Research Trips for the Determined Genealogist

Family History Research Trips for the Determined Genealogist

Working on hard research often requires research trips to the local area where the family resided. We are often tempted to plan a family vacation to the area where we want to do research in the local records that are not microfilmed or available online. Family History vacations are wonderful if you are looking at the scenery, visiting a cemetery or two and taking pictures. But if you are a determined genealogist working on a … Read entire article »

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