Family Tree Photos

I really loved this article: Among Koreans, Giving Death Your Best Face by Rena Silverman, about the Korean tradition of having a nice portrait photograph taken as part of the normal funeral preparations we all make. My husband has very strong feelings about remembering people in their prime, especially when it comes to family tree photos.  We don't concern ourselves with community family tree lineage arguments, but my husband WILL fight for control of the photos that are displayed. He feels strongly that a person should be remembered as they would likely think of themselves-in their prime. His dad passed a few years ago and he hates seeing a "grandfatherly" photo appear on the tree. We swapped it for one of his father's college photos. You go back two or three generations and you probably have no choice but to use a photo of someone in their later years-their age at the advent of good photography and the means to have nice photos taken. Not anymore. Never has a genera…
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Historic Journals from RootsTech 2016

If you have old letters, diaries, and family papers that have been stored for years but not transcribed, Historic Journals from RootsTech might be the site for you. And even if you aren't the one who inherited the family papers, maybe the one who did has shared it online and you'll find it here. Historic Journals is an online family history website with both free and fee offerings for finding and sharing your ancestor's journals, wills, letters, photos, and more. Historic Journals pulls data from the free family tree site, FamilySearch.org. You can upload documents and allow others the privilege of helping transcribe them. "The privilege" haha. We all know there's a reason they've been sitting in boxes for years. It's work. It takes time. And it can be tedious. The problem is, yours might be the last generation that will be able to read them and these documents often contain important leads and clarify relationships and once they're lost, those helps are gone.   …
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Free Rhode Island Census Records Online

Free Rhode Island Census Records Online include records kept when Rhode Island was just a colony, state and federal census records, and census substitutes.   Free Rhode Island Census Substitutes for the early years List of Early Settlers of Rhode Island 1648-1696 Rhode Island Land Evidences, Volume I 1621, 1700, Pierce's Colonial Lists: Civil, Military, and Professional Lists of Plymouth and Rhode Island Colonies, comprising colonial, county and town officers, clergymen, physicians and lawyers; with extracts from colonial laws defining their duties Documentary History of Rhode Island, Volume 2, (Portsmouth and Newport to 1647 with early residents) Documentary History of Rhode Island, Volume 1, (Providence and Warwick to 1649 and of the Colony to 1647) New Index to the Civil and Military Lists of Rhode Island Civil and Military List of Rhode Island, 1647-1800, Volume 1 Civil and Military List of Rhode Island, 1647-1800, Volume 2 1746, The Must…
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