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Tuesday Tips #8

Hello there, today is the first Tuesday Tip and I’m excited to share this with you! One genealogy database that I find to be incredibly overlooked is Ancestry’s “U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880.” One reason I think this is such an overlooked source because the index for the database doesn’t say a lot. […]

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Tuesday Tips #7

This week’s Tuesday Tip is to look at Research Wikis. There are many different wikis, some of my favorite are Familysearch Wiki, Rootsweb Wiki, and International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki. All of the Wikis listed above can be invaluable to new and experienced genealogists. FamilySearch’s Wiki is the go-to with all things paper genealogy. […]

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Tuesday Tips #6

Have an ancestor who was a priest or a nun and having trouble finding them? So did Gearoid, a while ago he needed help to find one of his ancestors who was a priest and he couldn’t find the death cert under his birth name. The priest in this case had taken another name and […]

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Tuesday Tips #5

A’lot of beginning genealogists have an obsession with their surname and its origin. This in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it can lead down the wrong path. Many “genealogical” sites will purport to have your family crest and know exactly where your family’s from.  For example take the Surname Nor, This is typically […]

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Tuesday Tips #4

Have you ever wondered why your ancestors were so inconsistent with their ages? Why did your Great-Great Grandma, not age the ten years between censuses? Today’s Tuesday tip may give some insight into these inconsistencies. Age and Birth Dates were something that didn’t matter to the average person for a long time. There were no […]

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Tuesday Tips #3

On the Census there is an X next to my ancestor’s name! Why? This is an easy one! The X is who the informant was. Sadly this only works for the 1940 census as that was the only census that recorded the informant. Even so this can tell you a lot of about the family, […]

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Tuesday Tips #2

How can I tell if my ancestors were Illiterate? First, let’s define Illiterate, Illiterate means “unable to read or write” (Oxford Dictionary). Many of our ancestors were illiterate, especially if you have non-western ancestry, Eastern European ancestry, or poor ancestors. Historically public schools didn’t exist and even when they did not every child attended. Some […]

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Tuesday Tips #1

Welcome to Tuesday Tips! You may be asking what are Tuesday Tips? Well, Tuesday Tips are little tips I will give every Tuesday. My main goal with Tuesday Tips is to educate young or not so young genealogists about the small details often hidden or overlooked in a record. This week’s question is “What is […]