The Antique Stores

The Physical Search I love looking around antique stores, mainly because I love antiques! But, there is so much history there as well. Every time … Read more

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The Cemetery Walk

Don’t forget the nearby graves This adventure was a cemetery search and walk, really more of a treasure hunt. This treasure was a great aunt … Read more

Boxes of Old Letters

They are Family  – Now Where do They Go? I love the fact that both sides of my family had items that were either important … Read more

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The Ring – Family Heirlooms Tell a Story

Little did I know, the ring I received that year would have such an impact on my life and my genealogy trail. I was young, … Read more

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Autobiographical Yearbook: Your Genealogy Story

Recently a friend reminded me how important it is to document my own history for genealogy purposes. It’s funny how I find it hard to … Read more

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Third Cousin Once Removed? How do I know?

One of the first questions I get asked, when people find out of my interest in genealogy is “what about all that cousins first removed … Read more

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Top 5 Learning Tools for NEW Genealogists

My journey in genealogy began with the goal of finding as much as I possibly could because I was LOVING everything I found. Then I … Read more

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City Directories: A Great Genealogy Source

City Directories are a great source to assist any genealogist research their family. Because city directories are dated (usually annual), genealogists can find a specific … Read more

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Women Homesteading the West: Stories of our Female Ancestors

Women Homesteading the West: Creating Pictures of Women Ancestors I found Marcia Meredith Hensley’s book Staking Her Claim Women Homesteading The West at a used … Read more

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What Do You Want in Your Obituary?

Our local newspaper now charges for obituaries. Some obituaries are short and to the point, while others take up several columns. It got me thinking … Read more

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The Fotygraft Album

Most recently I sold used books that were donated by the community. I find many books interesting reading, but one caught my eye. It was … Read more

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Newspapers: Our National Treasure

Our first amendment right gives us such treasures in the newspapers: from the past and those of today! Genealogists can enjoy the benefits of hours … Read more