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If Your Serious About Your Ancestry… Real Genealogy Expertise is Needed

If Your Serious About Your Ancestry… Real Genealogy Expertise is Needed

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Become a genealogy expert and pass this expertise on to your ancestors… Creation and publication of a family tree, a genealogy, a family history is an achievement in truth–at least it should be.  Yet, in print and across the internet are some of the most appalling examples of what we call genealogy: People who live 200 years.  Children born in places that don’t exist.  Women giving birth at Biblical ages.  Documents cited … Read entire article »

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Some Major Genealogical Libraries and Repositories of Interest

Some Major Genealogical Libraries and Repositories of Interest

There are major collections of genealogically important source materials located in libraries all across the United States. It is very likely that important source material is located in a library nearby where you live and where your ancestors lived. As a genealogical researcher, you cannot afford to ignore local libraries and the collections they contain. While local libraries usually contain valuable information that may not be available at any other location, there are also some major … Read entire article »

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Ringing in the New Year Online

Ringing in the New Year Online

Holiday music is played continually from November through January. For many people, listening to holiday favorites and going to musical recitals and concerts is a major part of the holiday season. Some us enjoy listening to music online and downloading it too. What music is a part of your holiday memories? What about your ancestors? Most of us are familiar with the holiday classics, but what about other songs that may have been sung in years … Read entire article »

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16 Documents Associated with a Single Marriage Contract, Really?

This year we are offering a series of Genealogy and Local History Retreats in various cities. At the Retreat we will be assisting attendees to learn about and understand the six basic record types used successfully by professionals to get the best results and break down research barriers that others seem to have such difficulty with. One of the basic record types we will be discussing is “Marriage Records.” You may think, “DOH! That’s a no brainer!” But, did you know at the time a marriage takes place there may be 16 original documents associated with it? Let me describe some of them to you. We’ll break them down into two time periods, before the marriage and after the marriage. Before the Marriage there is evidence of the “Intent to Marry” with … Read entire article »

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New Events for 2014

New Events for 2014

We would like to wish our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2013 has truly been a wonderful ‘Birthday Year’ for Family History Expos. Each of you have played a big part in the celebration. During the past ten years we have organized and executed literally hundreds of events. Personally, I (Holly) have listened to thousands of fascinating family history research and brick wall stories, thanks for sharing. I have also heard many … Read entire article »

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Rocking the Cradle

My son enjoys panning for Gold. He has different types of equipment that he hauls to various places to pursue his hobby. The method he uses is somewhat different than that used in 1849. Because of my interest in history and my son’s interest in panning for gold,  I recognized what Elijah Allen Spooner was talking about in his diary where he wrote of his experiences during the California Gold Rush in 1849-50. This diary is available online through the BYU Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collections along with several other dairies http://overlandtrails.byu.edu/. Elijah records, “But it is rather a tedious business, taking it all round, for we have to be a man of all sorts of work, and a house maid besides. Have to cook, wash dishes, make beds, wash … Read entire article »

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Fun Family History Activities for the Holidays

Fun Family History Activities for the Holidays

Create lasting memories this holiday season. Take time to celebrate the lives of those who came before us and create strong ties to your ancestral heritage with family, friends, and the next generation. As we build our family tree we build strong family ties now and for future generations. Here are a few ideas you may wish to include in your upcoming holiday activities. Family Tree Building Bring the family together and build a unique family tree. Depending on … Read entire article »

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A Visit to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

A Visit to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Numbers do not begin to do service to the experience of visiting the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah for genealogical research. The various collections include over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. But it is only when you walk into the Library and see the huge stacks of microfilm cabinets stretching off into the distance on every … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros — Question & Answer — The Miller Roll Application: A Source for Cherokee & Southern Family History

By Billy D. Edgington Question: What is the Guion Miller Roll  and How Valuable is it for Native American Research? Answer: The Guion Miller Roll is one of the most important sources for Cherokee genealogical research. It was created as a result of a successful lawsuit by three separate groups of Cherokees who had not been paid all the money due them as a result of the Treaty of New Echota (1835). This treaty resulted directly in the “Trail of Tears” – the forced migration of the bulk of the Eastern Cherokee Nation from their homeland in the Southeastern United States to “Indian Territory,” in what is now Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. These three groups represented the Cherokee Nation west, The Eastern Cherokee Band and a group of what were probably assimilated Cherokees … Read entire article »

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Scandinavian Naming Patterns and Lifestyles

By Ruth Ellen Maness, AG Is it “-sen” or “-sson” or “Lien” or “Ström”? The Nordic countries (Scandinavia) include Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden and their possessions. The Finnish language is totally different from the other Scandinavian countries, but Finland was under Swedish monarchial rule for much of its history. Thus, Finland’s official records are in the Swedish language from the beginning of record keeping to about 1867 or later. Patronymic naming customs also apply. Depending upon your ancestor’s country of origin, his or her surname (family name) may lead you to the exact spot in the country where he or she was born, or leave you amidst a mass of “-sens” or “- sons.” Some general guidelines for Scandinavian naming practices follow; then more specific information will be given. Surnames (Family … Read entire article »

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