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Posts about using primary sources for genealogy research. Primary sources are created at the time of an event, such as birth, marriage, and death records.

2 Dec 2017

History Hub Community

By |2 Dec 2017|Genealogy, Primary Sources, Research Tips|0 Comments

Have you heard about the History Hub community? Launched by the U.S. National Archives, the History Hub community is a place to ask questions, share information, work together, and find help with U.S. National Archives research. History Hub crowdsourcing tools include discussion boards, blogs, and community pages bringing together experts and researchers [...]

14 Nov 2017

Visit to the Tenement Museum in Manhattan

By |14 Nov 2017|Immigration Records|0 Comments

On our last trip to Manhattan, my husband and I made a beeline visit to The Tenement Museum in Manhattan at 97 Orchard Street. Given all the European immigrant ancestors in my family, I've been wanting to go to this museum well before I wrote about it here last spring. About the Tenement [...]

9 Nov 2017

Accessing National Archives Burned Records

By |9 Nov 2017|Military Records, World War I, World War II|3 Comments

In honor of Veterans Day, a post on accessing National Archives burned records. On July 12, 1973, a disastrous fire at the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis destroyed approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF). No fire, with the exception of the loss of the [...]

7 Nov 2017

Scottish Church Records Before 1855 Released

By |7 Nov 2017|Church Records, Scottish Genealogy|1 Comment

More than 36,000 new Scottish church records before 1855 have been added to ScotlandsPeople, covering the period 1744 to 1854. These parish records are of interest if your ancestors belonged to Presbyterian churches that broke away from the established Church of Scotland or if you're having difficult finding ancestors [...]