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October is Family History Month. Here’s some food for thought . . .

Exciting News from FamilySearch.org

If you're like many researchers, you want to know more than just names and dates(birth, marriage and death) about ancestors. Or, you may be compiling a family history book to be published about a particular family and desiring more information.

Then be sure to visit the Mormon church website on major news concerning local and county histories!

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Sitting Up With The Dead 3 (2007)

Sitting Up With The Dead 3
Get locked in the library while you research your genealogy!
The library closes at 5pm on Friday, January 19 for everyone who isn't participating in "Sitting Up With The Dead 3." We'll open the library just for you at 5:45 p.m., then lock you in until midnight, giving you lots of time to do your research. It'll be just you, your fellow genealogy researchers, and whatever ghosts happen to be in the Huntsville Library that night. Read more »

Illinois Trails: History and Genealogy

If you happen to have ancestors from the state of Illinois, be sure to check out the website, Illinois Trails: History and Genealogy at http://iltrails.org/. It's a FREE website with information from census, county data, history, maps, military data, newspapers, research help and a mailing list. For those interested in helping, they even have a section with 'Volunteer' information.

Researching British ancestry?

Now with literally millions of records online for England, Scotland and Wales as digital images or transcriptions, it can be difficult at times to decide where to begin looking. The following sites offer a large variety of useful records and information for anyone researching British ancestry. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 3

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing over 264 million acres of land -- about one-eighth of the land in the United States -- as well as 300 million additional acres of subsurface mineral resources. Most of these lands are located in the western United States, including Alaska, and are easily recognized by their vast range lands, forests, high mountains, arctic tundra, and deserts. Under the BLM umbrella are a wide variety of commercial, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources in these federal public lands. Read more »

Natchez and Mississippi Court Records

Ancestry has just added The Natchez Court Records, 1767-1805 and Mississippi Court Records, 1799-1835 to their online collection of databases. The Natchez Records are from the book compiled by May Wilson McBee in 1953 and reprinted by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979. The Mississippi Court records are from J. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 2

Genealogical Abbreviations: As we know, there are many abbreviations that are used widely in genealogical records. It is not unusual to find, within the pages of one record, different variations used, and care should be taken to ensure that in these instances, it is a variation and not meant to indicate something else. Many researchers, especially novices, are easily confused by the early practice of abbreviating in the various legal documents that were being recorded throughout years past. Read more »

From Genealogymagazine.com ...

Etiquette for Courthouse Research, by James Pylant: On the subject of courthouse research, genealogist and humorist Laverne Galeener-Moore advises, "One fact you must be prepared to accept is that the majority of staff members employed in County Clerks' or Recorders' offices hate the very innards of all genealogists. . ." It is true that some clerks just do not want to be "bothered" with researchers, but others have had too many unpleasant experiences with genealogists. Read more »

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 1

Georgia Land Lotteries: In the early 1800's, Georgia created a unique series of lotteries which would eventually attract a multitude of pioneers from Virginia and the Carolinas. The state passed legislation to hold its first land lottery in 1805. Read more »

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