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April 2020

It's a good idea to look up all your ancestors in the Census.  This helps you picture them as real, living people, not just names and dates.   The U.S. Census was begun in 1790, for the purpose of apportioning the House of Representatives, and has continued every 10 years since.  It's used to figure the size of congressional districts, and also to provide other statistical information about our population. In the censuses from 1790 through 1840, only the head of household

Your genes make you the unique person you are.  Why not find out where they came from?  Once you get started in genealogy, it can be addictive. Start with yourself, then your parents, then your grandparents.  Write their names in a branching pattern like a tree (printed forms for this are often available at libraries with genealogy or local history sections).   Always write the full name of each person, and maiden names of females.  Then under each name, write their birth

Every birder needs a pair of binoculars.  If you're just starting out, see if you can find other people with binoculars and practice using theirs before you spend any money.  You will want to start out with a fairly simple pair and, if you get more serious about your birding, graduate to a more expensive pair.  If you buy a used pair of binoculars, try them out first before buying. The numbers on a pair of binoculars refer to the magnification

Springtime is the best time to start birdwatching.  Reason:  the birds are territorial, and announce their presence with singing.  They don't sing because they are happy!  They sing to let other members of their species know to stay out of their territory.  And only the males sing. If you live in a rural area or neighborhood with lots of trees and shrubs, take a walk around and listen.  See how many different bird songs you can hear.  Each species has a

It’s up to you to choose where to go, when to go and what kind of budget you’ll have. Our 17 travel tips cover all kinds of road trips, in all kinds of countries – consider this your road trip 101. 1. Google Maps A great place to start. Enter your start and final destination, and get an idea of timing. Adjust the route and see where you can go and how long it’ll take you (you can also see if you’re just a

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