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Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 12

Coat of Arms: Heraldry is the medieval art and science that deals with the creation, use, and recognition of visual displays that identify an individual person, guild, town, office or other entity. This was typically done through much of the Middle Ages using a painted shield which consisted of a unique arrangement of division lines, and objects known as "charges". Early in the Medieval period, this "coat of arms" was unique to an individual, only becoming associated with a family towards the end of the Renaissance.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 10

Information Available from Passenger Lists: Probably more time is spent hunting for our ancestors on ship passenger lists than any other type of research. Many assume these records will reveal exactly where in the "old country" ancestors came from. It is not always that simple. Depending on when immigrant ancestors arrived, American ship passenger lists may or may not provide this information. In some instances determining the ancestral home can be discovered by tracking down naturalization papers, rather than ship passenger lists. Read more »

Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800

A new web site begun last year is now available to researchers looking for early War Department records. Papers of the War Department - 1784-1800 offers digital online images of over 55,000 documents painstakingly gathered together after visits to more than 200 repositories and the consulting of more than 3,000 collections in the United States, Canada, England, France, and Scotland. Excellent research material!

Nebraska Homestead Records

"The Homestead Act of 1862 changed the world with its offer of free land. Millions of people immigrated to America seeking their fortune, shifting populations along with the power of governments." Source: Homestead National Monument of America. Read more »

Slave Trade

Quoting from Diane Richard's article in 'Internet Genealogy', "the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 35,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked more than 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between 1514 and 1866. . . . the African names database identifies over 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships, using name, age, gender, origin and place of embarkation. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 9

The National Library of Ireland was established by the Dublin Science and Art Museum Act, 1877, which provided that the bulk of the collections in the possession of the Royal Dublin Society, should be vested in the then Department of Science and Art for the benefit of the public and of the Society, and for the purposes of the Act. Read more »

Acadian Records

For research on Acadian, French Canadian roots, there is a site that offers a variety of many genealogy records and resources of interest.

AcadianRoots.com is devoted strictly to genealogical and census records of Acadian people. Currently, the site has extracted census records of Acadian family names found in the following census records:

1861 Bathurst, New Brunswick
1871 Bathurst, New Brunswick
1871 Beresford, New Brunswick
1881 Beresford, New Brunswick Read more »

Genealogy Wikis

From Mark Tucker of ThinkGenealogy comes this bit of information . . .

"In the last few years, wikis have become popular as a way for many people to collaborate and share information. Particularly interesting to the genealogy community are genealogy wikis. Two of the most well known are Dick Eastman’s Encyclopedia of Genealogy and FamilySearch’s Research Wiki. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, #8

How to Locate Maiden Names for your Genealogy Search

 When working on your genealogy, sometimes the most difficult obstacle to overcome is that of finding the maiden names of female ancestors. However, by finding this information you can be lead to an entirely new branch of your family tree and a whole new set of information and history to explore. To get to that point, though, you do have to find the maiden names in the first place. How do you do it? Here are eight tips on where to look for such information in your genealogy quest.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 7

Civil War Maps: For those who have researched their Civil War ancestors and located service records, there still may be some nagging questions about their military careers. For instance, you might like to know where they marched and the battles involving their unit. Luckily, there are now several sites on the Internet that contain large collections of Civil War maps. Some of these may indicate the location of forts or artillery pieces. Possibly, a POW camp or even parts of battlefields. Read more »

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