Place Them On The Map

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old city map

Old maps are a fantastic resource for giving you a feel for the community that your ancestors lived in. You can see how rural or urban the area was, how large or small the village, what factories, mills, mines, schools, institutions, or other landmarks were in the area. You can see whether the area was mountainous or open field, whether … Read More

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

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old newspaper archives

I love old newspapers. I love the weathered look of them and most of all the smell of the old ink. I have said before, it is better than new car smell. Newspapers are a treasure trove of genealogical information too. We can gain so much information about our ancestors by consulting a local newspaper. Newspapers are a great resource … Read More

Are there any known living descendants of Benjamin Franklin?

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Possible Living Descendants of Benjamin Franklin Question: Are there any known living descendants of Benjamin Franklin? I understand that he had a few affairs and any descendants would likely be from them. Answer on Quora by Dave Haas: Benjamin Franklin did have a documented illegitimate son William who spent some time in London during which a grandson (William) Temple Franklin … Read More

Charter Members of Chicago Local 74 in 1901

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Below is an image of the charter for the Wood and Wire Metal Lather’s International Union in Chicago, Illinois from 1901. This photo courtesy of Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and Lathers local 74. The charter members of this union were named as: William Hall, John Haas, Nick Haas, Roy Hughes, William Hughes, A.H. Olson, Gus Olson, William Olson, Matt … Read More

Genealogy Research: U.S. Military Records

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Using military records for genealogy can be a challenge to the genealogist.  This article discusses what records are available and how to use them.  If you have relatives that served in the military or may have, this article will help you get started. Some military records have become lost or, in earlier times, were not kept very well.  But if … Read More

A Group Of Exiled German Ancestors And Their Story

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Not all of our white European ancestors came to America willingly. Joseph Anton Haas (Dec. 18, 1825 – Mar. 26, 1890) arrived at the port of New York with his family on November 17, 1849 aboard the ship Louisiana. Rosina Flicker (Apr. 25, 1823 – Nov. 3, 1882) and several hundred others were also aboard that ship. The passengers that … Read More

Family Historian Program

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Preview: Our Family Historian program is nearly complete. Below you’ll see a preview to the program – the introduction. Illustrations, photographs and precise notes on each topic yet to be extracted from each section but an overview is offered here. Your feedback and potential interest in registering for the course are appreciated. Thank you for your interest and feedback. We’re … Read More

“Who Do You Think You Are” on NBC

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Who Do You Think You Are on NBC will will return tonight at 8/7 Central time. Watching the trailer has me quite excited to tune in for the rest of this season. These programs are the PERFECT example of why I do what I do in the genealogy field. If this season is anything like previous seasons I promise.. No, … Read More

Collision of History With Genealogical Records: Lizzie Borden

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It’s interesting how genealogical records can provide a glimpse of our own personal history, but can also offer a peek at something of historical curiosity. How about a dose of haunted history?  On August 4th, 1892 at the address of 92 Second Street in Fall River, Massachusetts there was a double murder committed that would continue to be talked about … Read More

Search Secrets: Using Wildcards as Search Filters

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One of the great online genealogy search secrets is the use of wildcards. The following methods give you the ability to improve your search capabilities greatly. Wildcards might be one the least-utilized search features, which if used properly can produce excellent results. In genealogy research, we must be as specific as possible in our searches or else deal with hundreds … Read More

The Less-Common Name

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by David Haas, Geneosity.com Chances are that you have dealt with this genealogy research challenge before, or eventually will. You’re looking up a John, Mary, Michael, or Ann with some relatively common surname, and to your surprise there are over 400 or even over a thousand people with the name you’re looking up. Before you spend hours combing through hundreds … Read More

Build Your Family Tree Without Spending a Fortune

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A frequent complaint in genealogy research is “I would love to learn about my family tree but I can’t afford professional help or the fees all these websites charge”.     The amount of money you can spend is inversely proportional to the combined volume of time you’re able to spend doing it AND how resourceful you are.   Money and time must … Read More

Irish Genealogy Research

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Genealogy research in Ireland can be uniquely challenging. Since public records only began being collected in 1864 it can be very difficult to locate the origins of individuals that lived even into the mid-1900s. Public records of Irish births, deaths and marriages prior to 1864 do not exist. There are, however, existing church records, wills, property and land records for … Read More

Where Will I Find Certain Information?

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Genealogy How To: It can make the task of building your family tree much easier if you know where to find certain specific information. We have compiled a list of places where you should be able to locate specific pieces of genealogical information on an ancestor.

International Search and Language Barriers

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A family tree researcher in the United States often overlooks or is unaware that we are capable of searching area specific search engines. Google, Yahoo and Bing along with many of the other search engines focus on the local relevance of searches as a high priority. While it is simple to locate information in California while you are sitting in … Read More

Shoot ‘Em Up

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Do you own any old pictures that were taken of famous people, taken at historic events, or snapshots of groups or individuals being honored for something special? Please forward scans or other electronic copies. A clear digital photo of the old documents works nicely too. The Shoot ‘Em Up project also aims to collect and exhibit the names of those … Read More

Online Genealogy Resources

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Geneosity.com is an online resource for the genealogy or family history enthusiast.  Here you’ll find a guide of the most useful websites and methods of locating the information that you seek.   Each resource will assist in facilitating your family tree projects effectively. There are literally hundreds if not thousands of potential sources from which you can investigate the genealogy of … Read More