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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

Have you heard over the years that your family is descended from royalty?  Or, perhaps, your family came over on the Mayflower?  To find out if that is truth or myth, you will have to do a lot of research.  Welcome to genealogy. To begin your genealogical adventure, start with the known: yourself, then work you way back to the unknown.  Identify what you know about your family, and then find the vital records to prove what you know.  You will

Are you one of the millions who’s discovered that genealogy is absolutely addicting? Ask anyone who’s been at it for even a little while and you’ll inevitably hear tales of surfing the internet in pajamas at three in the morning, climbing over fences to get to abandoned cemeteries, and purposely trying to get locked into libraries overnight. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop. Why? The thrill of the hunt! Genealogy is your own personal history mystery. You get

Have you ever wanted to find out more about where you come from? Ever wondered why you look the way you do? Perhaps you have pondered why your great-grandparents came to the United States or how your family ended up in Australia. Or perhaps you just like solving puzzles or mysteries! Researching your family history might be the biggest mystery of all. You may encounter great twists and turns as you begin to put together the pieces that make up your

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