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World War I Burial Maps and Citizen Archivists

Preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday next week, the National archives has released a valuable new set of digitized maps. These are maps of the original burial locations of World War I soldiers. During the war, there was often no time to send soldiers’ remains homes, or to bury them in cemeteries. Many soldiers…
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FamilySearch website showing how to find an FHC.

What is a Family History Center?

I’m often asked what a Family History Center is. Many believe that this is just a generic term for a facility that has resources for family history. It is actually a term for a very specific facility, run by FamilySearch. Many people are familiar with the FamilySearch website, but are less familiar with the physical…
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Sons of the American Revolution application.

My SAR Journey: The Application

Completing the application takes some time, but it is not overwhelming. Before starting to fill out the application form, be certain that you have completed all research. You will need a copy of your birth certificate and, if you are married, your marriage certificate. For every generation back from you to the Revolutionary War ancestor…
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Cover of Quebec During the American Invasion, 1775 to 1776, published in 2005.

My SAR Journey: Service

Some French-Canadians joined the Americans in fighting against the British, fighting side-by-side with those who were not that long ago their sworn enemies. Many joined militias in the colonies that bordered Canada, especially in New York. Those who have French-Canadian ancestors who appeared early (prior to 1850) in the United States should look or evidence…
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Nineteenth-century etching of the Salem Witch Trials.

Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

According to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the standards for documenting call for genealogists to “identify the sources of all substantive information and images they gather, use, or plan to gather or use, except sources of ‘common knowledge’ beyond disputes, such as the years of major historical events.” [1] The problem is, what about…
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Colonial Society of Massachusetts website.

Free Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts was founded at Boston in 1892 to promote the study of Massachusetts history from the earliest settlements to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Society occasionally convenes conferences on the subject. It is a member organization of the Ne England Regional Fellowship Consortium. And it is co-sponsor, with the…
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Sarah Barker gravestone.

Archaeology and Genealogy

When doing genealogical research, we become familiar with local history. Knowing and understanding the history of the areas where our ancestors lived can make a big difference in research success. It can also make a difference in understanding our ancestors’ lives and telling their stories. One area of local history that often gets overlooked is…
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SAR Website

My SAR Journey: The Beginning

Aside from family associations, French-Canadians do not have a large number of lineage societies. Part of that may come from the fact that, compared to the United States, Canada has a relatively peaceful history. Thus there are few opportunities for those of us of French-Canadian descent to join one of these groups. Recently, however, this…
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Testament from Quebec.

Quebec’s Notarial Records

Our French-Canadian ancestors left us a rich resource in the Catholic parish registers. While these provide us with a great skeleton of vital information (showing us when and where our ancestors were born, married and died), there is much more to learning about our ancestors’ lives than that. Quebec’s legal system is much more complicated…
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Cover shot for Michael Leclerc's episode of the Genealogy Professional Podcast.

Genealogy Professional Podcast

I listen to many podcasts. They cover a wide variety of subjects, including genealogy, history, education, business, music, film, politics, current events, and comedy. One of my favorites genealogy podcasters has always been my friend Marian Pierre-Louis. Among her many activities is the Genealogy Professional Podcast. It targets professional genealogists as well as those transitioning…
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