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Deeds establish proof of legal ownership of land.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Deeds]
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There are various types of deeds to property. The most common are the warranty deed which transfers property with assurance of good title and the quitclaim deed which transfers one personal interest in the property without guarantee of good title.
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Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. A true picture of the family is the result.
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Genealogy helps you to learn about your family and where you belong in that family.
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There is no greater legacy for your children and grandchildren than teaching them about the history and lives of their ancestors.
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Tracing the family medical history helps your children and grandchildren to take preventive measures with their own health.
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Because each generation doubles the number of ancestors, developing a plan of how you will proceed in your research in absolutely necessary.
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When you begin your genealogy research, focus on one or two families so you do not become overwhelmed. The other families will be there when you are ready for them.
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Everyone has a mother and a father. Female and male lines are equally important.
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A generation equals 22-25 years for a man and 18-23 years for a woman.
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Organize...organize...organize!!! You should be able to find information quickly. If your system doesn't work, change it ASAP!
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When taking notes, use standard size paper, one surname per page, record source(s) so you can find it again and the date and place of your research.
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Use only accepted abbreviations.
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Understand the basic terminology.
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The pedigree chart is your road map. Begin with yourself. Use maiden names of a married woman.
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The family group sheet identified a couple and their children.
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Everyone has two family group sheets - one as a child and one as a parent with children.
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A Chronological Profile begins with your ancestor's birth. Fill it in with various life events as you discover them. Eventually, you'll have a picture of your ancestor's life.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy Research]
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Surname Sources. The four basic groups from which surnames developed are patronymic,landscape features/place names, action/nicknames and occupational/office names.
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Think out of the box for surname spelling variations. Surname spelling standardization didn't begin until the early 1900s. Many people were unable to read or write or spell!
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The Research Log is very important for keeping a record of the source of every piece of information you collect
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An ancestor is a person from whom you are descended. A descendant is a person who is descended from an ancestor. A relative is someone with whom you share a common ancestor but who is not in your direct line.
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Make a list of all your living relatives when starting your genealogy research. Interview every one of them.
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When interviewing a relative, etc., be prepared with a list of questions. Use a tape recorder or take very good notes. Respect the persons privacy.
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When writing to a relative for information, make specific requests, don't ramble! Offer to share your information.
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Write down your sources of information. Who/what told you? This is documentation. From this, you will be able to find the source again, if you need to do so.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy Research]
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There are pay sites and free sites. The major pay site is ancestry.com.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy Research]
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The first federal census was taken in 1790 and is taken every 10 years on an established day.
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Soundex is a system of coding names for the census based on sound rather than alphabetical spelling.
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A variation of the Soundex called the American Soundex was used in the 1930s for a retrospective analysis of the US censuses from 1890 through 1920.
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There are pay sites and free sites. The major free site is familysearch.org.
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Join a Mailing List. E-mails about subjects of the list will come to your e-mail inbox. Be sure to subscribe to a digest.
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Podcast is "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio (or video) player."
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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Obituaries - don't limit your scope of your research to just the deceased. You may find a relative in the list of survivors or pre-deceased...or pallbearers. These clues help place your relatives at a specific place and a specific time in many cases!
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy Research]
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An ancestor is a person from whom a person is descended, e.g. parent, grandparent, great-grandparent
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A Fact is something known to exist, be true, or have happened.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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Banns of marriage are a public announcement in a Christian parish church of an intended marriage. The announcement is made three successive Sundays.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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Use timelines to find holes in your research.
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The use of the term Junior did not always mean the son of. Sometimes it identified the younger of two persons in a locality with the same name.
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The term Senior may not refer to a person's father, but to the older of two persons in a locality who have the same name.
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Joining a genealogy society in the location you are researching is a good idea!
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy Research]
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Vital records include birth, marriage, divorce, and death records.
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Death records can be the least accurate depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information.
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Marriage records may only be records of weddings. Look for the Application of Marriage which is completed by the bride and groom to be.
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Marriage records may be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
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Birth records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death. This is a very close approximation.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Wehn ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request a non-certified copy. It contains exactly the same information as the certified copy but is less expensive.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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When ordering a death, marriage or birth certificate, request the long form which will have more information than the short form.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]