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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 »

Westport Historic Private Cemeteries

The town of Westport, Massachusetts now has online information from 102 local cemeteries thanks to the tremendous efforts of the genealogy and historical enthusiasts there. Information on the site includes the WSP number, cemetery name, location and access information, square footage, assessor's map and lot number, number of gravestones engraved and number of unmarked field stones, most recent and earliest dates of death, a digital photograph, GPS readings, a burial ground sketch map and historical and genealogical narratives. Read more »

Coat-of-Arms

Some ask, "Where can information be found on obtaining a legitimate Coat-of-Arms?" Anyone desiring to learn more about the serious study of heraldry and any rights to display a coat-of-arms will find there are a number of online websites devoted to the accurate use of a coat-of-arms. Read more »

Britain, Ireland and the Colonies

For those researchers who may be searching for records not typically found elsewhere, it may prove worthwhile to visit Original Record.Com. Ancestor searches can be performed into the approximately 1,000 years of unusual records that were previously unaccessible before and now available on-line to all. Searches are completely free; there is no subscription to use the site, the only charge is for scans of the actual pages where your entries appear should you wish to purchase. Read more »

Coming Oct. 1: online holds!

Get the books you want at your branch! Starting October 1, you'll be able to place a hold on a book through our online catalog and have that book delivered to your local branch for you to pick up.  Stay tuned for details!

New York Digital Maps

The New York Public Library now has online a collection of digital maps from the 1800's for browsing. They're of good quality and offer the capability through the use of a 'zoom' feature to view the maps up close. These maps cover all three levels of state, county and city.

Family Tree Magazine Podcasts

The folks at Family Tree Magazine have created an exciting addition to their website for genealogists. Now, not only will they be providing the informative articles in their monthly magazine, but online visitors can now listen to 30-minute in-depth discussions of those articles through podcasts. The latest in genealogy news is also included in the format. Your host is Lisa Louise Cooke, author of Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Strategies from Season One of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Take some time and give a listen!

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 3, # 6

Freedmen's Bureau Records: The Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company was incorporated by an act of Congress approved March 3, 1865 as a banking institution established in Washington, D. C. for the benefit of freed slaves. There were two military savings banks, one in Norfolk, Va. and the other in Beaufort, S.C. that were merged into the Trust Company soon after it was founded. From 1865 through 1870 a total of 33 branches were established, including an office that was opened in New York, N.Y., in 1866. In 1874 the Company failed.

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Genetic Genealogy

As DNA genealogy becomes more common place and used by researchers, many are looking for guides and assistance. One such site that aids in learning the terminology and where help can be found is the International Society of Genetic Genealogy website. From there, can be found links to DNA information on the Internet, 'Famous DNA' information, speakers and meeting notices, and a connection to joining a Yahoo DNA forum group. The best thing about it is it's FREE. As they say, 'Genetic Genealogy has helped thousands! Read more »

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