The State of Census

The United States Federal censuses from 1790 through 1940 are some of the most valuable records that genealogists use. They enable researchers to track families in numerous ways, including:  Migration patterns (or lack thereof) Size (as they increase or decrease) as children are born, grow up and move out to form their own households Social…

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10 Free Historical Photo Sites for Finding Your Ancestors

Find Old Family Photos Using These Free Sites Photo Credit: Robin Hutton via Compfight cc If you’re like us, you love flipping through old family photo albums to discover more about your family’s history. And if you’ve been fortunate enough to interview your elderly or extended family members, they’ve likely divulged some fun and interesting stories behind those photos that you’ve…

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You Won’t Believe These Strange Deaths From the Victorian Era

Please leave a comment Your Victorian Ancestors Died in Some Truly Bizarre Ways Photo Credit: Interiorrain via Compfight cc In this day and age, death is feared more often than it is celebrated. But back in the Victorian era, even though death was still frightening to our ancestors, it was also glorified in some particularly morbid ways. Victorian era mourning photos that…

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Top Resources for Finding Your Scottish Ancestors

Where to Find Your Scottish Ancestors – Guest Article by Christine Woodcock, Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland   Photo Credit: postaletrice via Compfight cc For those of us fortunate enough to have ancestors with Scottish heritage, researching is a fairly easy task. Knowing where to look is usually where we get tied up. Following these hints should help. Remember: If you ever…

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Finding Aids

Much has been said about the majority of historical and genealogical records being unavailable online. FamilySearch estimates that at least 90% of records are not available in a digital format. So how does a genealogist find and take advantage of the vast collections of paper records? One way is through the use of Genealogists.com to…

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