AmericanAncestors free for 1 week, starting April 6th!

Just to help spread the word, AmericanAncestors is offering one free week of access to their databases, starting April 6th. That's over a billion records! Time to pull out the genealogy and break down a few brick walls. All you have to do is register for a free account. AmericanAncestors.org "... provides family historians access to more than 1 billion records spanning the U.S. and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in our content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials." Don't miss out, sign up now for your free account.    
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7 Census Research Tips for Better Searches

I've been scanning documents a cousin sent me and found some 11x17 copies of census records there was no way I was going to scan. This should all be online so I went to my computer to make sure this census record was attached to my online family trees at Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch. So, I'm staring at a paper copy of the 1910 census record and type in my ancestor's name exactly as it appears in the census. That's usually the hold up when I can't find someone in a census: their name has been indexed incorrectly, they're going by a different name, etc. In this case he's adopted a nickname for his given name so I type in "Harry Webber," his birthdate, his birthplace (it was Wales, the enumerator has England, I typed England) I left out his wife's name because I've seen it indexed as both Eve and Eva and didn't want that to mess up my search. I submitted my search and he's nowhere to be found. I'm not accustomed to looking at more than the first page of search results s…
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Free family tree art at FamilySearch.org

If you have a family tree at FamilySearch.org, check out the free family tree art downloads/printables they've created.   Just select the family tree art of your choice, FamilySearch automatically pre-fills the tree, and you can print at home or download and print at a copy shop. I usually don't create family tree art, books, etc, because I feel like my tree needs to be edited and if I'm investing money in a finished product I will be furious if I see any errors. Uh, at almost zero cost and effort, this is no longer an issue. And these trees have four generations at most, which, let's face it, is easy to clean up. Darling and frameable family trees with zero effort. Easter gifts, anyone?   Here's a pinnable image to save for future reference.
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