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Finding Your Roots: Celebrating Family Historians

Finding Your Roots: Celebrating Family Historians

Without these family historians, what would genealogists do?

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Finding Your Roots: Pioneer Spanish families in California

A tattered old pamphlet with a handwritten index on its stapled cover caught my eye at the De Ferrari Archive in Sonora. I was working with the remarkable collection amassed and donated by County Historian Carlo De Ferrari. Who wrote

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Finding Your Roots: Searching for Sons and Daughters of Our Military Ancestors

Finding Your Roots: Searching for Sons and Daughters of Our Military Ancestors

We have many records available in the search for our military ancestors, but what of their sons and daughters?  What of the children who were born and died while their families accompanied their British-soldier fathers to battle?   Although this isn’t

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Finding Your Roots: Researching Military Records

Like many of you, I was an Army brat. We brats know what it meant to move every year or so, following our fathers from base to base. We made friends quickly because we knew we’d be on the move

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Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

As this column goes to press, genealogists are getting a big boost. The long-awaited 1940 U.S. Census became available on April 1. This is great for those who have had a difficult time finding family members who lived during that

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Finding Your Roots: ‘The Hunter’s Dream’

Finding Your Roots: ‘The Hunter’s Dream’

Returning from my 18-month Family History mission in Utah, I walked into the Carlo M. DeFerrari Archive in Sonora wondering, “What’s new?”  Directly in front of me was a huge painting called “The Hunter’s Dream.” To my left were several

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Finding Your Roots: Back to England

Finding Your Roots: Back to England

No matter your heritage, you will more than likely find at least one of your ancestral lines leading back to England. Let’s make something clear, though. When some folks say England, they are really referring to all of the British Isles.

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Finding Your Roots: Applauding Local Historians

Finding Your Roots: Applauding Local Historians

Genealogy miracles small and large have been experienced by most family history researchers … and recently, I watched one unfold. Have you ever bumped into a good friend while in a distant city – what a thrill to see them

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Finding Your Roots: Great Gains in Digital Access

Finding Your Roots: Great Gains in Digital Access

What a great time to be a genealogist! The records being collected and digitized are appearing online faster than we can keep track of them. At the time of this writing, there are 475 collections on beta.familysearch.org, and several more will

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Finding Your Roots: Poorhouse Records

Finding Your Roots: Poorhouse Records

“If you don’t stop wasting, you’ll land me in the poorhouse!” was a phrase that many of us who were Depression babies grew up hearing. Poorhouses have been with us for hundreds of years – and many people have been

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Triumphant End of a 40-Year Genealogical Journey

Triumphant End of a 40-Year Genealogical Journey

Blanche Aphecetche has completed a remarkable genealogical trek that spans several continents and countries, and details the lives of the lives of hundreds of relatives from Shakespeare’s time to the 21st Century. The result: five huge volumes of family history

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Finding Your Roots: Helpful Databases

Finding Your Roots: Helpful Databases

Thanks to the generosity of our Tuolumne County Archivist, Charlie Dyer, I am holding in my hands a real treasure – more valuable than gold! I realize that saying such a thing in the Mother Lode is like swearing in

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Finding Your Roots: Native American Ancestry

Finding Your Roots: Native American Ancestry

Your ancestry is Native American and you want to find your ancestral records. Your parents and grandparents have told you stories, but you wonder where to go from there. Perhaps the following will be of help to you and Myrtle

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Finding Your Roots: Tasty Clues to Heritage

Chocolate gravy … holopchi … taties … beaver tails. What do the foregoing have in common and how on earth could they be clues to your ancestry? At family gatherings, big or small, conversation usually gets around to “remember when…”

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Finding Your Roots: Names

Think about it. When you meet someone, what is the first thing you do?  You’re right – you exchange names. How about your pet? I’ll bet it has a name. The city you live in, the grocery store where you

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Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Wow! The technology to assist us in family history research is advancing like a tsunami.  I recently attended the Family History Expo at St. George, Utah and came away with my head crammed full of information. I really like the

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Genealogy Fans Find Joy in Solving the Mysteries of History

Genealogy Fans Find Joy in Solving the Mysteries of History

By Patricia Harrelson Brenda Hix remembers her grandmother as a private person who didn’t share much about her background. “We knew she had been married several times, but she never talked about her birth family,” recalls Hix, 63, a retired

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