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25 April 2006
Our latest census contest:
Glenn Miller in 1930.
Click on the link and please follow the directions if you want to try and win. If you can't find him, that's ok, but please don't send me suggestions...and yes his first name is not Glenn.
We've posted some 1841-1871 samples here. The 1841 image was taken from a microfilm copy. What I just saw at Ancestry.com was MUCH cleaner. The darkness on the left hand side that made reading difficult was essentially gone.
A World Deluxe Membership is needed to see the images (Monthly or Annual), or else get a 14-day free trial. Remember to write down day 13 if you take the trial and decide then to keep or cancel. Don't call the day AFTER to cancel. ;-)
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More details are on our site at:
As of 1:00 CST 19 April 2006 we had no winner.
16 April 2006
The image on our site was reduced in quality to save space, but one can still get the idea.
14 April 2006
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mean and what they do not mean.
12 April 2006
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Joan Fontaine in 1934
Errol Flynn in 1938
Errol Flynn in 1940
Errol Flynn in 1941
Oscar Hammerstein in 1930
Ernest Hemingway in 1941
Joseph P. Kennedy in 1913
Mary Pickford in 1930
Knute Rockne in 1927
Our main entry pages for this set is at:
- What you really want
- How much you can afford?
- What you already have
- How likely it is that your "problem" really has an answer
A few years ago, we posted a series of articles to our site about my experience with a professional genealogist. Those who are considering hiring someone to help them with part of their research may wish to take a look at this series
09 April 2006
I was fortunate enough to obtain the trunk my great-great-grandfather's sister used on her voyage to the United States ca. 1870.
Her destination was Keokuk Junction, "Ills" [Illinois]. The railroad stop is now the village of Golden, Adams County, Illinois.
Altje Goldenstein Schuster was a sister to my ancestor Foche Goldenstein who also immigrated to Adams County, Illinois about the same time.
There is a little more about the trunk on our site here:
07 April 2006
- women's legal rights
- last name changing
There are other issues to be certain, but usually when there is a "brick wall" with a female ancestor, at least one of these issues either plays a role or helps in finding the solution.
Our articles on female ancestors are indexed at:
06 April 2006
The image can be viewed for free at:
images from 1910-1920 are currently available and more will be added on an ongoing basis. There are quite a few people I need to look for ;-)
04 April 2006
Makes one aware of how small the world actually is.
Generally speaking, the best approach to try is:
Family History Library (time coverage won't always be complete, but they are a good place to start)
County Offices (Recorder, Clerk, or whomever records vital records at the local level).--there records should be complete for the time span when records were maintained.
State Archives--they may have older records.
State Department of Health (State Department of Vital Records, etc.)--they may have some records, but perhaps not always the oldest ones.
Prices can vary from one state to another. Family History Library may be the least expensive option. State Department of Health usually is the most expensive. There are places that will charge you $50 and more for a record. These options listed above are always more than that. Order the record from the Family History Library (if they have the records) or from one of the "official" agencies listed above.
Samples of vital records on our site:
Rootsweb or the message boards at Ancestry.com. Someone probably can give you specific directions or suggestions.
Our articles on tombstones (and lots of pictures) can be linked to from here.
03 April 2006