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Geography is an important element in your family history research. Did your ancestor contend with mountains, valleys, or waterways? The best way to answer these questions and potentially uncover new research avenues is to take a look at maps, particularly those contemporary to the time periods with which you are researching.…Continue
Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:30am
The “idea” of photography dates back to the 10th century “camera obscura” and “pinhole camera” described by the Arab scientist, Abu Ali al-Hasan (or Alhzaen), author of The Book of Optics. The camera obscura was a large dark box with a hole in one end which could produce an inverted image opposite it. It is the forerunner of today’s cameras. All it lacked was a lens and means of fixing the image chemically.
Posted on January 20, 2019 at 10:30am
As you begin searching for mentions of your ancestor in the newspaper, you may begin to wonder if you are reading a foreign language. The vernacular or abbreviations that you are reading are the result of the newspaper world, or the general colloquialism of the time.
Abbreviations may be a little…Continue
Posted on January 19, 2019 at 10:30am
You can view the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) online via many genealogy websites including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, Fold3, and Findmypast. A person who died before 1962 is not likely to be on the SSDI. If the date of a person’s death is known, and that person is not on the SSDI, it is likely the family never filed for the death benefit. …Continue
Posted on January 18, 2019 at 10:30am