Category Archives: Getting Started in Social History

Adding historical events to your ancestor’s time

Now that the timeline of personal information such as births, marriages, deaths,military service, job history and family moves has been created, it is time to look for external events to add to the timeline. Wars, major historical events at both … Continue reading

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Fieldstone Common podcasts on New England history

Taking advantage of both free and paid opportunities to learn is an important part of being a genealogist and social historian. There are many, many opportunities for learning online and in person. I will cover many of them in subsequent … Continue reading

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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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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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