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Beginning Your Family History: There aren't many hobbies you can do which will provide a valuable legacy for your future generations.

So What Was It Worth?: Get to grips with your ancestors' wealth with a new online conversion tool from the National Archives.

Research Facilities: Planning a trip to the local Family History faciity? 10 questions in advanc of your visit.

World's Oldest Person Dies at age 116

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden, recognized as the world's oldest person, died early Monday, the administrator of the Memphis, Tennessee nursing home where she lived said Monday. She was 116. Bolden was born August 15, 1890, according to the Gerontology Research Group, a Los Angeles-based organization that tracks the ages of the world's oldest people. It is notable that she lived in three centuries, having been born in the nineteenth century.

Family members said she had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great grandchildren.

Fun Genealogy Logic Puzzle

Take a break from those perplexing ancestors and try your hand at this cute little logic puzzle submitted by Dan Lynch. Thanks to all of the similar logic puzzles I did growing up it only took me about 10 minutes, but even if it takes you several hours (while watching Law & Order) like Dan, it is a fun diversion from your genealogy brick walls.

On June 1st, five couples who live in Trumbull will celebrate their wedding anniversaries. Their surnames are Johnstone, Parker, Watson, Graves and Shearer. The husbands' given names are Russell, Douglas, Charles, Peter and Everett. The wives' given names are Elaine, Joyce, Marcia, Elizabeth and Mildred. Keep in mind that no two couples have been married the same number of years. From the clues, determine the husband and wife that make up each couple and the number of years they have been married.

  1. Joyce has not been married as long as Charles or the Parkers, but longer than Douglas or the Johnstones.
  2. Elizabeth has been married twice as long as the Watsons, but only half as long as Russell.
  3. The Shearers have been married ten years longer than Peter and ten years less than Marcia.
  4. Douglas and Mildred have been married for 25 years less than the Graves who, having been married for 30 years, are the couple who have been married the longest.
  5. Neither Elaine or the Johnstones have been married the shortest amount of time.
  6. Everett has been married for 25 years

You can view the entire puzzle plus a Logic Grid to help you solve it at www.genealogyworldwide.com.

Archived Newspaper Searches on Google

Googlenews Google continues to expand its information management capabilities into more and more areas. One item of interest to genealogists is called Google News Archive.

Last September, Google rolled out its "200-year" News Archive Search, offering full-text content from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and third-party sources such as LexisNexis, HighBeam, and Thomson Gale. You can search the News Archive at http://news.google.com/archivesearch, or by clicking the "News archive search" on the Google News web page. If Google detects that your regular web search query would retrieve archived articles, it sometimes even includes those in the search results page.

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Discover the meaning of the surnames within your family tree.

It’s easy to take your last name or surname for granted. Unless you’ve recently married into a new one, you’ve likely been living with yours for decades. You’ve said it, spelled it and signed it thousands of times. But,  do you realize where it originated and what it means? More...

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Man traces ancestry to first English king

HALLOWELL, Maine— After countless hours in libraries and on the Internet, painstaking searches through public records and a couple of trips overseas, Francis Harwood says his direct bloodline to England’s first king more than a millennium ago is confirmed.

Standing in his living room before a 4-foot framed diagram of his family line, authenticated by the venerable College of Arms in London, the 72-year-old Harwood smiled with satisfaction.

I gave them a lot of information so they could connect the bloodline” to King Egbert as well as all of the royal houses of Europe, the white-haired Harwood said. That included copies of birth, marriage and death certificates and wills. More...


How Common is Your Name?

Among the reams of data the U.S. Census Bureau collects and generates from the national census is a list of the most popular names in the United States. Now you can find out just how common your name is. That even includes your first name since there are three listings available: by surname, by male first name and by female first name.

I checked and found that (yup, you guessed it) Smith is the most popular name in the United States out of the 88,799 surnames listed. I also checked my first name for popularity. You can do this too at:


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10 Questions to ask a research facility before you visit

Whether you're planning a trip to the State Historical Society, the Family History Library, the National Archives or the local courthouse, it pays to be prepared. Avoid frustration and increase your research time by asking these 10 questions in advance of your visit.

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Getting Started

You might think that starting out building your family tree is going to be a daunting task. Well, it doesn't have to be. Below you will find the most common sets of records to help you start or finish your genealogy research and build that family tree. See Getting Started with Genealogy for more information

Census Records

A census is an official enumeration of the population in a particular area. In addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census generally collects other vital information, such as names, ages, citizenship status, and ethnic background. Each census can prove to be invaluable in painting a portrait of a family at a particular place and time.

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Civil vital records—for Births, Marriage and Deaths —mark the milestones of our lives, and are the foundation of family history research. Chronicling the personal moments of our lives through the objective perspective of the public record, vital records can offer details often found through no other genealogical resource. They can be useful in proving or disproving other sources, give you a more complete picture of your ancestor, help you distinguish between two people with the same name, and help you find clues to earlier life events.

With these records, you can gain access to information regarding your ancestor's lives, such as the locations and causes of their deaths, the names of children or parents, their wedding dates and locations, and the many other details that help us record and remember the important moments in the lives of our families.

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Church records contain information about baptisms, marriages, burials, and membership. In addition to the name of the person, church records often provide information about family members.

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Some of the cemetery records included are tombstone inscriptions, burial permits, and death indexes. These records usually show names, birth and death dates; sometimes, they include information on surviving family members.

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