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Family Tree Friday: Death Reports of U.S. Citizens

Have you ever tried to find an obituary or a death certificate for an ancestor, only to run into a brick wall because you don’t know the exact date of death? Well, if your ancestor was a U.S. citizen and died overseas, you might just be in luck. Overseas deaths of U.S. citizens are reported […]

Family Tree Friday: The 1890 Census

In my last post, I mentioned that I was unable to use the 1890 Census in my research because it was destroyed in the 1920s. I thought it was worth taking a look at exactly what happened. In 1921, the 1890 Census was stored in the Commerce Department. On the afternoon of January 10, 1921, […]

Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records, Part 3

Last time I showed you what I found on my family by using the 1920 and 1900 censuses. Most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire in the Commerce Department in the early 1920s, so I wasn’t able to use it. In 1880, however, I found what I had been looking for since […]

Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records, Part 2

Last time I showed you how I used the 1930 census to get started on my own family history research. Today, I’m going to show you what I was able to find using some of the earlier census records. Since Nannie Crozier and her family were living in Collin County, Texas in 1930, I started […]

Family Tree Friday: Getting Started With Census Records

New researchers are always asking us how to start tracing their family tree. We have so many records that it’s very easy to become overwhelmed when you are beginning your research. We usually tell people to gather as much information about their family as possible, and to ask themselves how their ancestors interacted with the […]

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