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Kimberly Powell

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kimberly Powell

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Sorting out the DNA Tests Available for Genealogy Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Can testing your DNA help you learn more about your ancestors and heritage? Absolutely! Learn how to identify which ancestral DNA test is most appropriate for your situation and which company you should test with.
    • Was Your Ancestor a Criminal? Historic Prison Records Online Created: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Most of us can't claim notorious criminals such as John Dillinger, Al Capone or Bonnie & Clyde in our family tree, but our ancestors may have been convicted
    • What Can I Learn from U.S. Census Records? Created: Monday, July 12, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      Learn what census records can tell you about your ancestors and how and where to find them both online and off.
    • Talking to Relatives About Your Family History Created: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      The next time you're conducting an oral history interview, try these tips for making the conversation flow and getting the family stories that will be treasured forever.
    • Special Federal Census Schedules Created: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
      If your ancestors were deaf, farmers, slaves, veterans, deceased, or ran a business when the census taker came knocking, you may be able to learn more about them from these special census schedules of the United States census.
    • Learn About Your Family History Through Obituaries Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      One of the most helpful tools when beginning a search into your family history is the obituary. Beyond just the place and date of death, you may also learn the birthplace, final resting place, occupation, religious affiliation, community activities, street address, the names of friends and relatives, and other details which can help you learn a great deal about the people from your past.
    • 10 Steps for Finding Your Family Tree Online Created: Monday, March 21, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Locating information on your family tree is easier than ever with thousands of new records being placed online daily. Learn how to tap the vast resources of the Internet to locate your ancestral roots with these ten simple steps.
    • 10 Questions to Ask a Research Facility Before You Visit Created: Monday, August 14, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      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 question in advance of your visit.
    • WWII Draft Registration Records Created: Monday, May 28, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The mandatory draft for World War II left behind records of the millions of American men who registered. From them you can learn
    • WWI Draft Registration Records Created: Friday, April 28, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Draft records contain a wealth of information on millions of men between the ages of 16 and about 45. The WWI draft registration records are by far the biggest group of such draft records in the U.S., containing names, ages, and dates and place of birth for more than 24 million men.
    • Dutch Genealogy - The Personal Record Card Created: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The Dutch personal record card, available for residents of and emigrants from the Netherlands after 1937, includes a lot of great information for genealogists, including the names and birth dates and locations of the individual's parents. Learn how to access a copy of the personal record card, or persoonkaarten, for genealogical purposes.
    • Tips for Planning a Genealogy Vacation Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Combining a summer vacation with a genealogy research trip cannot only be rewarding but fun for you and your family. When your genealogy research next sends you on the road, try these tips for preventing frustration and achieving success.
    • Top Sources for Researching British Military Ancestors Created: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      Dig out the details of your British soldier ancestors' military service, with this collection of sources for military service and pension records, war memorials, military cemeteries and other mili...
    • French Civil Registration Created: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Official civil recording of births, deaths and marriages in France began in 1792. Best of all, a good number of them are available for research online. Learn how and where to locate the birth, marriage and death records of your French ancestors with this handy guide.
    • Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews Created: Monday, September 01, 2003 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      What to ask when you get a chance to quiz your relatives about their lives and their family history.
    • House Histories Created: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Whether you live in a Manhattan brownstone apartment or a castle in France, your home may be harboring a fascinating history. Learn how to uncover the history and genealogy of a house or other building with this step by step guide.
    • Free Cemetery Databases & Transcriptions Online Created: Monday, December 17, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Explore these free online cemetery transcriptions and databases to find tombstone inscriptions and photos for your ancestors.
    • FLORES - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Friday, June 05, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Flores, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Flores surname.
    • Evidence or Proof? Created: Monday, June 02, 2003 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Make sure that every ancestor you place on your family tree really belongs there by applying the Genealogical Proof Standard to your genealogical research. Learn how to determine when your collecte...
    • ALVARADO - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Saturday, July 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Alvarado, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Alvarado surname.
    • PALMER - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Saturday, October 20, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Palmer, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Palmer surname.
    • BAILEY - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Thursday, June 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Bailey, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Bailey surname.
    • COX - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Monday, July 27, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Cox, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Cox surname.
    • GARZA - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Friday, March 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Garza, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Garza surname.
    • COOPER - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Thursday, June 11, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Cooper, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Cooper surname.
    • Ancestry of Pope John Paul II Created: Friday, April 01, 2005 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Explore the humble Polish ancestry of Karol Wojtyla, known to the world as Pope John Paul II.
    • CASTILLO - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Friday, March 05, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Castillo, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Castillo surname.
    • Cabinet Card Created: Monday, February 26, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Most of us have a cabinet card in our collection of old ancestral photos, which tells us it was most likely taken between about 1870 and 1900. But you can also further narrow down the time when the photo was taken. Learn how to identify the popular cabinet card, and how to use clues such as cardstock weight and color, and the type of border, to narrow down the time period when the photo was printed.
    • 5 Steps for Identifying People in Old Family Photographs Created: Monday, April 10, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Solving the mystery faces and places in your old family photographs requires knowledge of your family history, combined with good old fashioned detective work. When you're ready to take on the chal...
    • Trace Your Ancestors Through the Canadian Census Created: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Learn how to research your own ancestors through available online Canadian census records by following this example featuring "Anne of Green Gables" author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.
    • Researching Ancestors in the British Census Created: Monday, April 18, 2005 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Learn how to locate ancestors in the British census, a valuable source for information on individuals who lived in England or Wales after 1841.
    • MORRIS - Name Meaning & Origin Created: Friday, June 05, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Learn the meaning and origin of the last name Morris, plus find genealogy and family trees for the Morris surname.

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