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Capturing Dad’s Story

Capturing Dad’s Story

By Jennifer H. Johnson Do you know how your dad proposed to your mother? What do you know about their first date? How did your father feel about being a teenager? These are questions whose answers you may never know unless you ask. The best place to start your genealogy research is with the people who are still alive. Amazing, isn’t it? It’s not such a new idea, however. Most professional genealogists will encourage you to start … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros: GPS and Family History

Ask-the-Pros: GPS and Family History

Thursday evening is the time to ask your GPS questions. Marlo Schuldt will be online with us during our Ask-the-Pros weekly broadcast. Marlo will be teaching us some fun and innovative ways to use GPS with family history. Arlene H. Eakle and Holly Hansen will be online to answer genealogy research questions for those of you who would like some expert guidance. To participate simply register online at Family History Expos Ask-the-Pros GPS Event. You will learn … Read entire article »

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Conference on German and Scandinavian Research

Conference on German and Scandinavian Research

Brush up on your German and/or Scandinavian research skills. We will be broadcasting live from Brookings, South Dakota this Friday and Saturday. The Brookings Area Genealogical Society and Family History Expos is sponsoring the event. Held at the Community Living Center, 625 5th Street, Bookings, SD. April 15-16, 2016, registration is only $35.00 for Friday evening and Saturday, with a total of eight classes to sharpen your research skills. Ruth Maness, AG will be teaching the classes. Ruth has … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros: Why are Maps Important to Genealogical Research?

Ask-the-Pros: Why are Maps Important to Genealogical Research?

In genealogical research, maps provide details on where ancestors may have lived and where to look for written records about them. Old and new maps can help you locate information about your family and with today’s technology you can overlay them using Google Earth to see where an area of 100 or more years ago may be located today. Birth, marriage, death, land, property, and tax records are normally kept by county governments in the United States. … 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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Ask-the-Pros — Non Conformist Church Records in Wales

Ask-the-Pros — Non Conformist Church Records in Wales

Question: How do I find non-conformist church records in Wales?  Answer:  Here are six points to consider: One- check The Religious Census of 1851: A Calendar of the Returns Relating to Wales, printed in 2 volumes. Available on microfiche from the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, #6054483. You can order it into any local Family History Center near you. Think about this, the chapel may have been built in 1825, with a congregation that began in 1750. … Read entire article »

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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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Ask -the-Pros — Question and Answer — Why is the Family History Library Important?

Question: Why is the Family History Library important when there is so much available online? Answer: All the collections housed in the Family History Library (FHL) are not online. This is the largest collection in the world. You can easily research records in multiple counties or countries in one day just by moving from one floor to another. Many of the records that have been microfilmed over the past 100 years are only available in Salt Lake City at the FHL. Some of the older records in churches and government repositories are made available through the FHL when the originals are too fragile to touch in person. Many state archives in the US have large collections available through the FHL. Come to a Retreat and learn how to access them quickly and easily. With the … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer — Old Style Handwriting

Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer — Old Style Handwriting

Question: How do you read old documents accurately? Can I learn to do this myself? Answer: The study of old handwriting is called paleography. There are many guides and helps available to us today. Classes taught at family history events and online. Whether you are reading a will, a census page, colonial records, even a stranger’s handwriting it takes practice. Each time I read the census I study the handwriting by looking at easy to decipher names and then … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Correctly Identifying Place Names

Question: How can I tell if a location mentioned in family papers is a town or a county? Answer: Be careful and pay attention to details when considering the name of a location. Place names can create a load of problems for researchers. When you are working with locality be as precise as possible. If someone left information without the details needed you will want to check it out thoroughly before you make a definite decision. Using logic you can at time guess the correct location. For Example: Morgan, Utah is in Morgan County, Utah. But this is not always the case. For Example: Morgan, Georgia is in Calhoun County, Georgia. Not to be confused with Morgan County, Georgia. And they are located in totally different areas of the state. Make a note and remember … Read entire article »

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