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Why did my ancestor sign a petition to divide his county into two? Geography!
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I recently found my 4x great grandfather's Creek Indian War pension file in Fold3's War of 1812 pension files. I didn't even know he fought in a war! He was only 18 years old when he enlisted and lived to be 102.
As you probably know, the War of 1812 Pension Files are free on Fold3 and they continue to add more names each month. I'm "patiently" waiting for the Ws for my direct ancestor, Thomas B. Whitwell. But, in the meantime, I was ...
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Maybe it's a strange place to carry so many memories, but I have a variety of memories of our antique, claw-footed tub. From causing a 'flood' to a terrified critter to a storm that scared me to the point of prayer, our tub was filled with stories.
Growing up, the house we lived in had been built in the late 1800's. Though it was two stories and had four bedrooms, it only had 1 1/2 bathrooms: a half bath under the staircase and a full bathroom upstairs. The full bath di...
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After posting about my grandmother this weekend, I decided to share some of her old family photos. These are some of the photos I scanned while visiting her about 15 years ago.
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An Insolvent Estate. It's definitely not what I wanted to find. But, it tells more of the story of my grandmother's grandfather, Reuben H. Ward. And, where did I find this Insolvent Estate? In Ancestry's new "probate and wills" databases!
Earlier this year, I wrote about my grandmother's grandfather, Reuben H. Ward. According to my grandmother's story, he was a Methodist circuit rider who had been murdered while going down the river. His body was then thrown o...
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Do you have lots of photos that need scanned? Or photos in albums that cannot be removed that you'd like copies of? This week, I tried out my new Flip Pal Mobile Scanner. It worked great! And, it's incredibly fast! Though it isn't a perfect scanner. Here's a review of my new Flip Pal scanner.
Do you have a pile of photographs waiting to be scanned? Do you have old photo albums which you want copies of but don't want to risk damaging the photos by removing them? Or are you going to visit a relative or to a reunion ...
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Have you tried to change a primary photo (or profile photo) on the new Ancestry? (It was easy before!) I finally called Ancestry & was given the steps I needed. I'm sharing them in case anyone else is struggling with this issue!
For the past few months, I've tried to figure out how to set a "primary photo" for an individual. It was easy on the "old" Ancestry! I finally called Ancestry and they quickly sent me an email with a link that explained the s...
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Sharing some photos of 21st Century Veterans in my husband's family and my family!
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I found this photo at my mom's, but it wasn't labeled. Can anyone tell me what war this young man fought in? Hopefully, from that information, I can identify him. Thanks in advance!
This is a photo I scanned while at my mom's a few weeks ago. I know which part of my family it came from, but I'm having trouble identifying which war this young man served in. If I can figure that out, hopefully I can identi...
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After World War I, but before World War II.  It's the necktie that gave it away.
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My Grandmother, Evelyn (Dickson) Kaechle, would have turned 100 years old today if she were still alive. Today, I pay tribute to her with the post about her life in words and in photos.
My grandmother, Evelyn (Dickson) Kaechle, was born 100 years ago today. Though she died in 2004 at the age of 88, I'm paying tribute to her by sharing part of her life's story in words and photos. Evelyn was the fifth child b...
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Are you having trouble finding your ancestors on Ancestry's new "Wills and Probates" databases? I've discovered 3 possible reasons why!
Over the past couple of days, I've spent some time looking for ancestors and other relatives on Ancestry's new "Wills and Probate Records" series. I was having trouble finding any of my numerous Perry County, Tennessee relati...
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One reason I blog is as "cousin bait" - to find cousins! Well, I finally got my first bite! If you've either found a cousin through a blog post or someone's found you, I'd love to hear about it. And, I hope this is just the first of many for me!
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