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I am currently waiting "4 to 6 business days" to receive a newspaper clipping another researcher mentioned online in 1998. Since this newspaper has not been digitized, I used Chronicling America to find out where I could get a copy. This post shares the steps I used to order this potentially very helpful legal notice!
If you know of a newspaper clipping but can't find it online, maybe it hasn't been digitized. If so, a great place to find out what repositories have copies of it is at the Chronicling America site. I've been working on my Di...
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Want to make sure your son (or daughter) grows up to be a doctor? Try what this family did!
May I present, Doctor Franklin Boyers? He's only 10 years old, so this is quite an unusual given name. I guess this is one way to make sure your child grows up to be a doctor! 1870 U.S. Census, Prentiss County, Mississippi, p...
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I used a different method to search for a family I couldn't find on a census record - I searched with "exact" terms and no last name. It worked! Try this and see if you can find a missing family.
A few months ago, I shared how I had some success finding wrongly transcribed names in census records by searching for neighbors instead of the people I was actually researching. I am also having success finding people by usi...
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After receiving several hundred pages from a hired researcher, I'm thankful for my ScanSnap IX500!
Before heading to Clinton County, Pennsylvania for a quick research trip two weeks ago, some cousins and I hired a researcher to pull some court files regarding our Stewart family. Upon our arrival, we drove to her house, pai...
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I just finished my 3rd year at GRIP. What a terrific week! If you've never been to a week-long institute, you should give it a try if you can.
This past week, I had an amazing week at GRIP: Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh! I took "Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy" which was primarily taught by Michael Ramage, J.D., CG; Kelvin Meyers; and Catherin...
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Had some genealogy fun with my cousins yesterday and am starting my week at GRIP in Pittsburgh. Great, genealogical fun!
Yesterday, I drove to Clinton County, Pennsylvania with three of my dad's first cousins. One of them, Tom, I had met last year. But, his two sisters, Sally and Ellen, I had just met. We spent part of the day at the Ross Libra...
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Why would a 13-year-old be listed as "unchristened" instead of stating his given name on a census record?
As I was working on my Boyers family, I came across a curious entry on a 1850 census record. One of the children in the household is listed as "Unchristened Boyers." After finding this record, I searched Ancestry for all cens...
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I would love to find a newspaper article like this about some of my direct ancestors! But, I still love this clipping where the minister was my great, great grandfather and the bride was 1st cousin, 3x removed.
While researching my great, great grandfather, Reuben Houston Ward (aka Rev. R. H. Ward), I came across this short, sweet newspaper article today: LINDEN, Sept. 22.-(Special.)- James W. Lewis, Circuit Court Clerk, and Miss Di...
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While in Pennsylvania last week, I went on a brief genealogy research trip with three of my dad's first cousins. Some of our discoveries at the local library were quite exciting!
Two weeks ago, I visited Clinton County, Pennsylvania with three of my dad's first cousins. We spent some time at the Ross Library in Lock Haven briefly researching our Stewart, Merrill, McClintock/McClintick, and Close famil...
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GRIP is an amazing week-long genealogical institute. But, after hours sitting behind a desk and using your brain, sometimes you just need a break! Last week, seven of us took a "break" from GRIP and headed out to nearby North Park for some nature and exercise.
Before heading to GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh), I organized an informal outing to nearby North Park. I'd went last year with some friends and we had walked around the lake. This year, I was hoping to g...
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One of the ladies here at GRIP said this quote about enthusiasm made her think of me. I love it! I also shared a little more about GRIP so far and my time with my Pennsylvania cousins this weekend.
We just finished our first day of classes at GRIP... (& I'm thankful for air-conditioning that works this year!) An "enthusiastic" quote for the "enthusiastic" genealogist One of my favorite parts of GRIP is being with my g...
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My 3rd year at GRIP starts Sunday. I can't wait for an entire week of genealogical fun!
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