Great Depression

What Your Relatives Can Tell You about the Great Depression & WWII

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As Emily Anne Croom writes in her book, Unpuzzling Your Past. The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, “Collecting family history also means trying to fit the family into the history of the community, county, state, and nation. You can…
Genealogy Guide Books

"Fair Use" Explained in Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts

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When you find information in a book, article, or online source and you want to quote or paraphrase it in your genealogy, when must you cite the source? If you quote the information and cite the source, can you use as much of the information…
Research Family History in USA

New York State Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists

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Bill Dollarhide’s New York State Censuses & Substitutes belongs on the reference shelf of every individual and institution concerned about the Empire State. Why? Three reasons: (1) Census records and name lists for New York are found…
Battle of Lexington

“Who Fired the First Shot,” by Jack Darrell Crowder

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The American Revolution commenced with the faceoff  between British regulars and the Patriot militia that occurred on April 18, 1775. To this day, no one can say with certainty who fired the first shot in that momentous engagement. Readers…
famous royal descendants

55 Remarkable Descents, Kinships, or Near Kin-to-Near Kin Genealogical Connections Outlined and Charted in The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies . . .

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By Gary Boyd Roberts We’ve written on several occasions about Gary Boyd Roberts amazing two volume work, The Royal Descents 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States(RD 900). This collection of royal lines possessed…
Namesakes and clues in names

“Clues in Names”

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(Excerpted from Unpuzzling Your Past. Fourth Edition, Updated, by Emily Anne Croom, pp. 37-39.) Naming practices vary from place to place and generation to generation. However, certain consistencies have existed for nearly four centuries…
Ancestry of George Herbert Walker Bush

Notes on the Ancestry of George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018), 41st U.S. President - By Gary Boyd Roberts

(This article was originally prepared for the New England Historic Genealogical Society website, American Ancestors,  and is reproduced here with the permission of the author.) Of about one-third New England, one-third mid-Atlantic,…
City Directory

"The City Directory: A Genealogical Gold Mine," by William Dollarhide

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City directories may be one of the most underused genealogical sources available. Old city directories exist for virtually every community in America, often going back to the establishment of a community. Many of the privately published city…
Ellis Island

REVIEWS OF 4TH EDITION OF The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy

If you buy your genealogy books on Amazon.com, we encourage you to read the reviews posted there pertaining to the new 4th Edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy.  Most of them are written by users/readers of the 4th edition,…