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We're always looking for those elusive ancestors, aren't we? I've talked before about Hispanic wives. When their husbands passed away,...
As I wrote of my grandfather who died of smallpox during the smallpox epidemic in the 1920s, I was looking for photos of that period so...
Can't Find Your Ancestor in the Census?
You may not be finding your ancestors in the census because you may be using an exact search with your ancestor's name. You know you may...
Finding Missing Ancestors
In earlier posts, I've talked about finding ancestors under the mother's maiden name. Another way you can try finding an ancestor's...
As I'm writing my story, I came across my family's death certificates. I realized that the causes of their deaths form a pattern. I...
Holidays and all
Happy New Year! I've been ill and celebrating the new year and visiting with family and enjoying grandchildren and, and, and... Anyway,...
Female ancestors after being widowed are often listed in city directories. Look for them using both her married surname and under maiden...
Don't Forget to Look Through the Entire Book
Look through the entire yearbook. You not only want the photos of your ancestors in their classes, but also any candid photos. If...
Don't Believe Everything in the Census!
When I was looking for my husband's ancestors, I found them in the census, already married and with children. The oldest child,...
I know that I have written about city directories before. It bears repeating. If the directories you're looking for are not on...