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 President Barack Obama Re-election Victory Night 2012!!                                                                                                           

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Research Clues for those Elusive “Brick Wall” Mysteries
Youve likely hit a brick wall or encountered a mystery in your research if youve spent any measure of time piecing together your family tree. Its not easy. These challenges crop up in many ways. Sometimes your ancestors have a common last name like Smith or there is a lack of census data for a Read More

Family Foodways
Merriam-Websters dictionary perhaps says it best. Foodways are the “eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical time period.” Foodways include the growth and production of food, methods of cooking, spices, who cooked the food, social occasions, and special events. Even the intangibles such as aroma, food’s association with memories, folktales and Read More

World War I Records on Fold3.com
I’ve found one of the best ways to search what is available on Fold3 is to search within the records of a particular conflict. I wrote a little about this concept in my WWII article, Combining World War II Research on Fold3 With Your Ancestry Family Tree on this blog in April 2016. The same Read More

October is American Archives Month
October is American Archives Month, and institutions throughout the country are celebrating! Here are seven ways you can get involved: 1) Attend an event Many archives will be having special events throughout the month. These might include open houses, lectures, tours, exhibits or other activities. Check the websites of nearby repositories, including college campuses, public Read More

Professional genealogist offers advice on tracing African-American roots
Genealogical research in America’s Deep South can be challenging under the best of circumstances, but the task can be even more daunting for an African American family looking to fill in gaps in their family tree. While some families have had remarkable success in tracing their ancestors through the period of slavery and its aftermath, Read More

What to Know About World War I Burial Files
A couple of months ago I wrote an article about the Ancestry collection of U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists 1910-1939. If you review that article, near the end I talk about my great-granduncle Michael Kokoska’s ship manifest, on which it shows he is deceased. In that article I mention briefly the World War I Read More

PBS’ Finding Your Roots Returns October 3 at 8/7c
A brand new season of PBS hit show Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., premieres on Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c. This star studded season features some of our favorite comedians, journalists, and A-list celebrities. Catch the season teaser below: Episode 1 | The Impression Guests: Larry David and Bernie Sanders. Two Read More

Have I Lost It? 5 Tips to Organize Your Military Research
Talking to myself…..Wait, I had an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) about a WWII man who was killed in Bari, Italy, when the Germans bombed the harbor. Who was that file about? Where did I stick that file in my computer? Why isn’t it listed in my Excel spreadsheet? Why can’t I find this file?! Read More

Contacting DNA Matches: Get More Responses with these Pro Tips
Discovering unknown relatives is one of the most exciting parts of receiving AncestryDNA test results. Among these newly found relatives are longtime Ancestry subscribers with robust family trees. They may be able to help break down the brick walls in your research, and you may be able to do the same for them. Of course, Read More

The Oral History Interview: Don’t Miss a Chance to Record Family Stories
National Grandparents Day is celebrated in the U.S. and the U.K. on September 10 this year. The occasion presents a perfect opportunity to honor the elders in our families, but what is the best way to do so? Often, the gifts most appreciated by grandparents are family members’ genuine interest in their life stories and Read More