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The National Archives

American National Archvies for genealogy research

The National Archives of the United States

When doing any genealogy research in the United States, you will undoubtedly end up finding some sources in the National Archives.  It’s one of the greatest collections of historical information in the country. You’d best know how to use it.

Where are the Archives?
It’s not just one building so you can’t just show up and tour all of the Archives at once. The complete collection of material is actually housed over a number of different locations, including museums, libraries and smaller archive centers. The main facility is in Washington D.C, where you can also see historical icons such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This is the main place where researchers go but it will depend on the documents you are particularly looking for. Their website has a list of all locations and the details on visiting and seeing materials. (more…)

06 Jan 2013

Lineage Societies

general-tree-diagramMost genealogists will come across the term “lineage society” at some point in their research, and it can help to understand what they’re all about. You may even be lucky enough to qualify for membership, if your family tree has the right branches.

A lineage society is a group of people who can document their personal ancestry back to a particular and relevant place, event or group of people in history. Some are small and mainly unknown, but some are social powerhouses. (more…)

27 Dec 2012

Slave Genealogy

If you find that your genealogy research has taken you to discover African American ancestors who were once kept as slaves, you can find yourself in some pretty tough historical territory. You’ll have your work cut out for you when you hit this type of a brick wall. Even so, don’t give up completely. Records aren’t as easy to find as some others, but there are a few really good resources for slave genealogy.

Though owned slaves were counted in the 1850 and 1860 American census, they were not recorded in any detail, and certainly not by name. It was only after the Civil War that you’ll find census records that list freed slaves by name, which means you need to start looking around 1870.


26 Dec 2012

Latter Day Saints Genealogy

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The LDS Church is a great resource in genealogy

If you have been doing online genealogy research for any length of time, you are surely stumbled across the various resources belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (known more simply as the Mormons). Ever wonder why?

Believe it or not, it is actually an official part of the LDS belief system to do research and record your personal genealogy and family tree information. Since I am not personally a member of the church, I will admit that my information has come from a variety of sources so please excuse me if I make any religious errors. I’m a genealogist, not a theologian. For more on the religious background, you can check out the official LDS homepage. (more…)

25 Dec 2012

Barack Obama Family Tree

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Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States

Barack Obama the current and 44rd president of the United States, and his family story has been the most contested issue in American politics. Some say he is not a citizen of the USA due to his Kenyan ancestry on his father’s side, though they have little proof to back up their conspiracy claims. Needless so say, I’m not going to touch that mess with a ten-foot pole.

His ancestry has been traced back farther than this, so if you want to find more generations, they are out there with a little extra research. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Homestead Act Records

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Settling of the American west offers a lot of genealogy information

Buying real estate or land can leave an important paper trail that can have plenty of genealogy information once you find the records you need. Land deeds are a great resource for any family tree studies.

But the Homestead Act in 1862 is a true treasure-trove of information if you are lucky enough to have American ancestors who took advantage of this land offer. There are very detailed files associated with all the people who claimed homestead land.


16 Dec 2012

Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Tree

After discussing the Homestead Act in last week’s article, which led to mention the famed frontier settler, Charles Ingalls. It may be more accurate to say that his daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder is actually the famous one, for having written the Little House on the Prairie books.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

She wrote the popular series of books for children (which were also made into a TV series) later in her life, when she was in her 60s. Her stories chronicled her family’s struggles to settle in the American west, through several moves during her childhood. Her daughter Rose also wrote a book called Free Land, which also documents some of their family history, but with a more dramatic and adult-oriented theme. (more…)

16 Dec 2012

Civil War Resources

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Genealogy for the American Civil War

The Civil War was a very important event in American history, taking place between 1861 and 1865. The conflict touched the entire nation, and involved more than 3 million men. Any American genealogy study will likely come across relatives who were part of the Civil War. There are a number of resources, including military records, available that can provide a great deal of genealogical information.


16 Dec 2012