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Genealogists/Family Historians

The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives. Knowing how a person interacted with the government is key to a successful search. … Read entire article »

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Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

When Christopher Columbus arrived there in 1493, the island was inhabited by the peaceful Arawak Indians, who were being challenged by the warlike Carib Indians. Puerto Rico remained economically undeveloped until 1830, when sugarcane, coffee, and tobacco plantations were gradually developed. After Puerto Ricans began to press for independence, Spain granted the island broad powers of self-government in 1897. But during the Spanish-American War of 1898 American troops invaded the island and Spain ceded it to the U.S. Since then, Puerto Rico has remained an unincorporated U.S. territory. Its people were granted American citizenship … Read entire article »

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Possible Sources of Information

POSSIBLE SOURCES The following are possible sources for dates and places of: Death Death certificate from state office in state where person died or from county registrar or other official at county courthouse; for guidance in determining whether records may be found in state or county offices or both see HANDY BOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS ( Everton Pub., Inc., P. 0. Box 368, Logan, UT 84321) Obituary (best for date and place of death but not conclusive evidence and should show in what paper printed and date of publication) Morticians? records (usually free) Cemetery records, either original or from copied records (Note carefully– be sure to get clear picture of tombstone inscription if cemetery records are unpublished.) Family Bible records (Note carefully–photocopy must be submitted with proofs and must include title page with date of publication of Bible.) Church … Read entire article »

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How to get started …

You’re ready to start your family tree. You know the names of your grandparents, and maybe even a great-grandparent or two. You know the country where your ancestors lived before they came to America. What’s next? Well, as the title says, always work from the known to the unknown. Start by asking yourself what you know. You know your name and date of birth, and where you were born. You know your parents’ names, and possibly their dates and places of birth, and the date and place of their marriage. Now it’s time to put all that information down on paper. I suggest you get yourself a binder and a pack of paper for it. Label the first page with your own name. Add your date of birth, your place of … Read entire article »

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