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Family history stories, Gift ideas, Uncategorized, Writing family histories

Creating Family History Books


One of my favorite things is creating a family history book. Image driven material is more interesting, particularly for the short attention spans of today. One of my clients wanted to donate a copy of his book to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is now available digitally.  Click here to check it out!


Easy ways to learn more about your ancestors

Do you want to connect with your ancestors? The census has been taken every 10 years since 1790.  Odds are you can find your family in the 1940 census and it tells you so

1940 Census Record

much! You’ll learn your family’s street address (which you can then google and see if it’s still there). Whether the home was owned or rented and the value of home or cost of rent per month. The highest grade of school completed and current occupation, as well as their income in 1939. And much more!

You don’t need a paid subscription to find and view these records. The National Archives has a search
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not a lot of help if you don’t know it. FamilySearch allows you to search
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Visit https://www.familysearch.org. Click on “Search” > “Records.”

Then type in the information you know.  Be sure to give a generous birth date range as the census taker asked the persons age at the time of the visit.  After clicking “Search” at the bottom of the page, you’ll be asked to sign in.

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Create a “Free Account” or “Sign In.” The search results then will come up.  Click on the camera on the far right side of the record to see the image of the record.

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An image of the actual record will then be shown.  The controls to the left of the picture allow you to zoom in.  Be sure to see the explanations of each column at the top of the page.

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Privacy is Increasingly Important

Your inbox has probably been inundated lately with new privacy policy statements, spurred by the European rules that go into effect today.  Surveillance_camerasMany people ask me about privacy in genealogy research.  It’s important to note that if you build a tree on Ancestry.com or one of the other genealogy sites, information on living people is hidden from public view.  (Unless you click “allow to view living people” when you send an invite to someone as you share your tree with them – that setting applies only to them.)  If you add to the community tree on FamilySearch.org, the information on the living people is visible on your tree, but only the people who have passed away are visible to others.
A word of caution: if you upload photos and tag individuals in them, the information you have added to the photos is visible publicly.
Each site has its own privacy policy regarding your account and their terms of use; and you are encouraged to review those policies.  
Recognizing the sensitive and personal nature of the information you send is important to me at Ancestry Consulting by Aimee; thus being a good guardian of your personal information and handling it in a secure and responsible manner is a priority and delineated in the current Privacy Policy.  Your personal information will never be sold to another company.

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