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Hometown Family Researcher Professional Genealogist
Posted Wednesday, February 12, at 1:38 PM
Genealogy as a pastime and professional job is very time consuming. When searching for a genealogist, there are desired qualities as a researcher. A genealogist should possess certain natural aptitudes, sharpened by experience. As a researcher they should be painstaking, thorough, and accurate. ...

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Vital Records
Posted Friday, March 29, at 12:27 PM

The question this week is: What vital records are available to use in the United States? First we will talk about what records are vital records. For instance, information found about your ancestral families in census records must be verified by research in other primary record sources. Civil records of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths are just a few primary sources that can be your verification...

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Posted Friday, March 8, at 2:36 PM

Two of the pleasures of genealogy are being able to share information with others and the discovery of relatives you didn't know you had. After you have obtained as much information as possible from your known relatives, you will want to get in touch with more distant relatives who are also doing genealogical research...

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Posted Friday, March 1, at 12:58 PM

Let's begin to talk about scheduling interviews with your relatives, especially those who are older. Do not wait too long in contacting your relatives. Much information that is valuable and not available from other sources may be lost when one of your older relatives dies. If older members of your family are not available, interview an older person in the community who has known your family for many years...

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Family Relationship: Interviews
Posted Friday, February 22, at 3:30 PM

Interviews are a lifetime of information about your family. Be prepared and organize your subject before doing your interview. Interviews are like winning the lottery it may only come around once and you don't won't to miss the chance of being the winner. By being the winner you might obtain prizes that are worth their weight in Gold. Priceless Family Information, Photographs, Letters and Perhaps the Family Bible...

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Fill in the Blanks with Family Papers
Posted Friday, February 8, at 12:56 PM

Family Historians spend a lot of time with censuses, church records, personal papers, public documents, etc. but personal papers can be the goldmine, if you can find them. Even folks who couldn't read and write sometimes have correspondence that others would write and read for them, especially about important events in their lives and they would sometimes keep copies of legal documents that affected them...

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Reliability of Sources
Posted Friday, February 1, at 12:48 PM

Every researcher runs into conflicting evidence at some point. This is one reason we must know where our information has come from to compare the reliability of the sources. The degree of reliability of a source is usually a factor of: (1) How soon after the event the record was created...

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Fraternal Organizations
Posted Friday, January 25, at 1:04 PM

Many of our ancestors belonged to fraternal organizations such as the Masons, Elks, Odd Fellows, Forresters, Knights of Columbus, or others or they have memorabilia bearing strange initials. Rich Hertzog has created a website that lists hundreds of these organizations, with hotlinks to many of their websites. ...

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Ancestral Death Records: Part 2
Posted Friday, January 18, at 1:44 PM

This is a continuation of last week's column, which was just too long for one issue. If you missed Part 1, just drop Ms. Sylvia, The Modern News, or The Poinsett County Democrat Tribune a note, and we will be happy to help you obtain a copy to you. There may be a cost for copies...

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Searching for Ancestral Death Records: Part 1
Posted Friday, January 11, at 10:15 AM

Several genealogists have written in and asked. "Where do I look for a death record if there isn't a death certificate. Our society is extremely sensitive to the death of any of its members. I recently did a quick count and found well over twenty possible sources of information on an ancestor's death. You could probably add to my list and I certainly hope you do...

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Adventures in Maps and Research
Posted Friday, January 4, at 2:32 PM

Calls and emails from readers are always bright points in my day. I enjoy meeting you, and I almost invariably learn something new from the contact. Sometimes it starts me on new research. I am probably a certifiable cartographer. I grew up on my great-grandfather's stories of travel and exploration and I really do love maps. ...

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Who Do You Think You Are?
Posted Friday, December 28, at 1:54 PM

Currently there is a television program called, "Who Do You Think You Are? that is gaining in popularity as more and more people become interested in the stories of their ancestors. The Family History Librarian Kim Farah says genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the World...

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How to Use Tax Records
Posted Friday, December 21, at 1:06 PM

I try to answer every letter and email within the week. Researching family history has become a very popular and, for some people, a very consuming hobby. In all my columns I will explore the various documents and sources of information, how to gain access to them, how to overcome problems and "brick walls," and other sources of help. ...

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Local Land Records Indexes
Posted Friday, December 7, at 11:56 AM

Indexes are essential to the use of land records. Deed indexes, however, include only the names of the grantor and grantee and not of other persons who may be mentioned in the document. Deed books usually have separate indexes for grantors and grantees. ...

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Finding Local Land Records
Posted Friday, November 30, at 1:44 PM

When you know that an ancestor lived in a particular county, search the land records of that county. Look also at the land records of the parent county from which that county was formed. Check Everton's Handy Book for Genealogists, Ancestry's Red Book, or Bentley's County Courthouse Book to determine the origins of the county in which your ancestor lived...

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Local Land Records
Posted Wednesday, November 21, at 4:00 PM

Although the deed is the most commonly used land record in genealogical research, there are other types of local land and property records you may use. Mortgage A mortgage is a document by which a person pledges his real property or a portion of it as security for the payment of a debt. ...

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Genealogical Value of Deeds
Posted Friday, November 16, at 1:14 PM

Finding a deed in which your ancestor was a grantor or grantee will, at the very least, place him or her in a particular place at a given time, an important building block in genealogical research. Many deeds contain much more genealogical information...

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