Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Free Family Charts & Research Templates

 AmericanAncestors.Org is providing research templates and family history charts for free to help you save time and organize your research.

At the NEHGS Online Learning Center you can download:
Five Generation Family Chart
Family Group Sheet
Research Log
and templates related to writing and publishing your family history.
Click here to check them out:  Templates

These are just a few of the many resources available to genealogists and family history researchers at the NEHGS website.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th: Tax Day

Did you know:

The Revenue Act of 1862 was passed as an emergency and temporary war-time tax. It copied a relatively new British system of income taxation, instead of trade and property taxation.
The first income tax was passed in 1862:

  • The initial rate was 3% on income over $800, which exempted most wage-earners.
  • In 1862 the rate was 3% on income between $600 and $10,000, and 5% on income over $10,000.
  • In 1864 the rate was 5% on income between $600 and $5,000; 7.5% on income $5,000–10,000; and 10% on income $10,000 and above.
Passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress's right to impose a Federal income tax.

Click Here to see the original 1913 IRS 1040.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Take a voyage into the old Russian Empire—in full color photos

"Between 1909 and 1915, [photographer Sergei Mikhailovich] Prokudin-Gorskii crisscrossed the Russian Empire via train, taking photographs of 11 different regions."

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Gertrude May (Casteel) Imel of Macoupin Co IL

Gertrude May (Casteel) Imel
b.11 Dec 1879 
Daughter of James Polk & Arra A (Bacon) Casteel
Married Henry Adam Imel on 24 Mar 1900
d. 28 Feb 1909

March 1, 1909  

Daily Illinois State Journal 

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Helen (Kolbush) Hausman

(photo: findagrave)
Helen (Kolbush) Hausman
b. 13 Apr 1921
daughter of Andrew & Rosa (Maurer) Kolbush
wife of Wilton Hausman
d. 4 Oct 1990
Buried: Old Tennent Churchyard
Monmouth, New Jersey
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

List of Online Newspaper Archives

Wikipedia: List of online newspaper archives  contains a list of free and pay-to-view digital online newspaper archives. Most are searchable using OCR technology. I found that some will offer an abstract with the option to purchase the full article (like the example below). The list contains links to newspapers from all over the world.  For the U.S. and Canada, the links are divided States and Provinces, and the UK has sub-links for Scotland and Wales.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: JSTOR Digital Library

JSTOR  is a digital library that holds a treasure trove of primary sources, journals, and books.
Many of these, including The William & Mary Quarterly,  are available free through their website. offers a basic search field and an advanced search option.

I entered the surname Cassingham and found an article of interest.

This article is available for download for a fee or I can read it online at no cost by registering for a MyJSTOR account.
 With an account I can have up to 3 items in my personal bookshelf for 14 days, after which I can remove the item(s) and select another one to view.

 Now, with my account created, I can read the article at my leisure online for free. is a great site to bookmark and add to your arsenal of genealogy references.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Finding a Sister Through Census Records

Below is the 1799 marriage record for Peggy Warburton and Charles Patefield.

This marriage for Margaret Warburton states she is of Manchester. My notes for her family so far had citations to Prestwich, Lancashire, and referred to her as Peggy. I needed to verify I had the correct person. How did I confirm this was the right Warburton female?
By following Margaret/Peggy Patefield through some of the later census records, I was able to match year and location of birth with Peggy's baptism record.  But the clincher was found in the 1851 census record where at age 74, she is listed as a widow, head of household, with her widowed brother, William Warburton, residing with her.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Researching Your New England Ancestors Webinar

Learn the basics of researching your early New England ancestors using NEHGS resources--both on-site and online. Join Senior Genealogist David Dearborn as he discusses key reference works, records, and databases available to NEHGS members and guest users. 

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 3-4 p.m. EST (2 p.m. CST; 1 p.m. MST; 12 p.m. PST)*
Presented by: David Dearborn, Senior Genealogist at NEHGS
Level: All levels; Intended Audience: NEHGS members and guest users with early New England roots

Sign up for the FREE webinar: Find Your 17th-Century New England Ancestors with NEHGS