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Writing a Family History

Writing a Family History

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At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with...

Immigration Records

Immigration Records

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Cathy Horn discovers a family tragedy and reconnects a lost child to her family tree.

Probate Records

Probate Records

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Learn about the kinds of records that are generated by the probate process and interesting details found in wills.

Newspapers as Records

Newspapers as Records

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Old newspaper stories detail the escapades of Lori Davis's great-grandmother.

Military Records

Military Records

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Witness the success of Susan Hadler as she uses military records to connect with the father she never knew.

Census Records

Census Records

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Darius Gray discovers his African-American ancestors in the 1880 census and then traces his history back to the Revolutionary War.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records

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Beth Uyehara tracks down her great grandfather's tombstone and gains a new sense of her Welsh heritage.

Religious Records

Religious Records

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Learn how to make the most of religious records.

Vital Records

Vital Records

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Searching for his ancestors' birth and marriage records, Jeff Gallup reconnects with his Italian heritage in his ancestral village of Piana.

Genealogy and Technology

Genealogy and Technology

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Computer resources help Megan Smolenyak find cousins she didn't know she had, both in the United States and in the Slovak village of Osturna....

Compiled Records

Compiled Records

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Sheila Hsia travels to China to discover if her family's records survived the cultural revolution.

Family Records

Family Records

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Journals, diaries, letters, photographs, and family Bibles are a great resource for family history. In addition to providing names and dates,...

Records at Risk

Records at Risk

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Around the world heroic efforts are being made to preserve irreplaceable records.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

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Hear three moving stories of families who established unique legacies of family history.

High-Tech Help

High-Tech Help

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Go inside a maximum security prison to meet inmates who pursue their genealogy through computers. Their stories, and the remarkable...

Your Medical Heritage

Your Medical Heritage

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Explore the value of medical histories with the story of TV journalist Carol Krause. Geneticists Dr. Raymond White and Vickie Venne help you...

African American Research

African American Research

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Due to slavery, Reconstruction, and segregation, African American research requires a unique approach. Learn ways to research African American...

Census and Military Records

Census and Military Records

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Gary Bryant was reluctant to serve in the Vietnam War, but studying his ancestors' legacy of military service gave him a sense of purpose and...

Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives

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Meet real people researching their pedigrees at the library and hear the story of police officer Tom Madrid, who combed through libraries,...

The Paper Trail

The Paper Trail

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Learn about these records from experts John Colletta and Sharon DeBartolo, and meet a man who was so invested in his family documents that he...

Gathering Family Stories

Gathering Family Stories

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Fabiana traveled with her parents to Peru to interview living relatives, and she discovered valuable links to her past and present.

Looking at Home

Looking at Home

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Begin your search for family history right in your home. Shannon Applegate shows how to find hidden treasures in the "debris of living." Antonia...

Getting Started

Getting Started

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Genealogy may seem daunting, but getting started is easy and rewarding. Join genealogy experts for advice on how to get started on your own...

Writing a Family History

Writing a Family History

At some point, many genealogists decide that it's time to shift effort from collecting new information about the family to sharing it with others. Writing a family history is one of the most effective and satisfying ways of doing this.

Immigration Records

Immigration Records

Cathy Horn discovers a family tragedy and reconnects a lost child to her family tree.

Probate Records

Probate Records

Learn about the kinds of records that are generated by the probate process and interesting details found in wills.

Newspapers as Records

Newspapers as Records

Old newspaper stories detail the escapades of Lori Davis's great-grandmother.

Military Records

Military Records

Witness the success of Susan Hadler as she uses military records to connect with the father she never knew.

Census Records

Census Records

Darius Gray discovers his African-American ancestors in the 1880 census and then traces his history back to the Revolutionary War.

Cemetery Records

Cemetery Records

Beth Uyehara tracks down her great grandfather's tombstone and gains a new sense of her Welsh heritage.

Religious Records

Religious Records

Learn how to make the most of religious records.

Vital Records

Vital Records

Searching for his ancestors' birth and marriage records, Jeff Gallup reconnects with his Italian heritage in his ancestral village of Piana.

Genealogy and Technology

Genealogy and Technology

Computer resources help Megan Smolenyak find cousins she didn't know she had, both in the United States and in the Slovak village of Osturna. Experts elaborate on how to use computers and the Internet to seek out family connections.

Compiled Records

Compiled Records

Sheila Hsia travels to China to discover if her family's records survived the cultural revolution.

Family Records

Family Records

Journals, diaries, letters, photographs, and family Bibles are a great resource for family history. In addition to providing names and dates, they can bring our ancestors to life.

Records at Risk

Records at Risk

Around the world heroic efforts are being made to preserve irreplaceable records.

Leaving a Legacy

Leaving a Legacy

Hear three moving stories of families who established unique legacies of family history.

High-Tech Help

High-Tech Help

Go inside a maximum security prison to meet inmates who pursue their genealogy through computers. Their stories, and the remarkable rehabilitative influence of family history, will surprise and inspire you.

Your Medical Heritage

Your Medical Heritage

Explore the value of medical histories with the story of TV journalist Carol Krause. Geneticists Dr. Raymond White and Vickie Venne help you learn how to navigate your own medical heritage.

African American Research

African American Research

Due to slavery, Reconstruction, and segregation, African American research requires a unique approach. Learn ways to research African American ancestry and manage the difficulties that arise in doing so.

Census and Military Records

Census and Military Records

Gary Bryant was reluctant to serve in the Vietnam War, but studying his ancestors' legacy of military service gave him a sense of purpose and self-worth. Also, Jim Terry Willard discuss both the benefits and pitfalls of military records.

Libraries and Archives

Libraries and Archives

Meet real people researching their pedigrees at the library and hear the story of police officer Tom Madrid, who combed through libraries, courthouses, and church records to research his family history.

The Paper Trail

The Paper Trail

Learn about these records from experts John Colletta and Sharon DeBartolo, and meet a man who was so invested in his family documents that he organized 100 participants to re-enact the events of the Ellis Island experience.

Gathering Family Stories

Gathering Family Stories

Fabiana traveled with her parents to Peru to interview living relatives, and she discovered valuable links to her past and present.

Looking at Home

Looking at Home

Begin your search for family history right in your home. Shannon Applegate shows how to find hidden treasures in the "debris of living." Antonia Cottrell Martin demonstrates how to look for and preserve important family documents.

Getting Started

Getting Started

Genealogy may seem daunting, but getting started is easy and rewarding. Join genealogy experts for advice on how to get started on your own family history.

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