Monthly Archives: December 2012

Building a Timeline of your ancestor’s life

Once you select an ancestor that you want to learn more about, one of the first steps is to build a timeline of that ancestor’s life. Start with the basics such as birth, marriage and death. Add other information such … Continue reading

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Mourning Jewelry Exhibit at Massachusetts Historical Society

When I was a child, my grandparents displayed several family artifacts in the den. An intricately woven watch chain made of human hair was both fascinating and a bit frightening to me. When my 2nd great grandfather Harry was in … Continue reading

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Why social history?

Many family historians are most interested in finding new names, with accompanying dates and places, to add more branches to the family tree. While finding a new ancestor is very exciting, getting to know that ancestor is even more exciting. … Continue reading

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