Upon the decision to start collecting family data from Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Siblings and Grandchildren, there follows suggestions on how to perform this function. First, obtain sufficient copies of the Family Group Sheet (FGS). Second, prepare an E-mail and a letter for those without e-mail to transmit your request to all relatives. Third, word the [...]
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Research into one’s family history or genealogy is first of all fun and adventuresome. But it is also hard work. Let me discuss how the hard work can be made much easier than one might imagine. Do you remember how Tom Sawyer got his fence painted much faster than his Aunt Polly thought he could? [...]
Gary Minder of Poulsbo, WA has created and offers for free incredibly useful spreadsheets for some of the most important genealogical data we will find in our research. He requests a small donation, but the utility far exceeds any cost. His work can be found at http://www.censustools.com/ Gary says: Ever try entering extracted census data [...]
The following are 10 excellent sites for exploring an African-American heritage: 1. AfriGeneas 2. The USF Africana Heritage Project This all-volunteer research project and Web site sponsored by the Africana Studies department at the University of South Florida works to discover records that document the names of slaves, freedpersons and their descendants, and share them [...]
One can better establish birth dates by knowing when the Census was actually taken. That date is nearly impossible to determine because it is generally not recorded. But one can get closer to the actual birth date by knowing the instructions given to the Enumerators. U.S. Census enumerators were instructed to take down the names [...]
A little known government genealogy service lets family history leap off the page. It is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at www.Immigrationdirect.com. The records include naturalization files, visa applications and citizenship tests, and may reveal family secrets and mysteries, said Marian Smith, the agency’s historian. “The details of the story have been told over [...]
When one performs research for ancestors and the lives they lived in the past, it is worth consideration to include historical events and matters as they stood at a particular point in time. I will offer a few examples from my own efforts only to suggest a train of thought. My father joined the Army [...]