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An In-Brief Guide to Indiana Genealogy

The state of Indiana is located in the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the United States. It was initially part of the Northwest Territory which was ceded to the United States at the end of the Revolutionary War by the British. While many Native Americans had lived in Indiana for thousands of years it was quickly settled by people from New York, New England, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Many families migrated through Indiana, some stopping to work the farms and others in steel mills. Today the state is still a major transportation hub. The state’s motto is “Crossroads of America” and was the 19th state admitted to the union on December 11, 1816.

The In-Brief Guide to Indiana Genealogy contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Iowa Genealogy

The state of Iowa is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Iowa derives its name from the Indian word meaning “beautiful land.” Originally part of the Louisiana Territory it was part of both French and Spanish Louisiana. A stopping point for some migrating groups, the state hosts the largest Danish and Amish populations in the country. People also migrated into the state from the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, which border the east and west sides of the state. The state is known as “The Hawkeye State” and was admitted to the union as the 29th state on December 28, 1846.

The In-Brief Guide to Iowa Genealogy contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Missouri Genealogy

The state of Missouri is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Originally the land belonged to the French and when sold to the United States, became part of the Missouri Territory through the Louisiana Purchase. The state got its name, meaning “town of the large canoes,” from the Missouri Indian tribe. Missouri is the Show-Me State and the Gateway to the West, through the Arch in St. Louis. Missouri was a stopping point for many migrants moving from the east coast in search of farmland as they moved westward across the country. The state was admitted to the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.

The In-Brief Guide to Missouri Genealogy contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Michigan Genealogy

The state of Michigan is located in the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the United States. It is a unique state geographically as it is the only one to consist of two peninsulas and touches four of the five Great Lakes. Many Native Americans had lived in Michigan for thousands of years before the French, English and Spanish colonized the land. Michigan derived its name, which means large lake, from the Indian words “Michi-gama”. The state boasts a huge automobile manufacturing industry which employed many people who lived within the state and neighboring states. Many people who wanted manufacturing jobs migrated to Michigan. The state is known as “The Wolverine State” and was the 26th state admitted to the union on January 26, 1837.

The In-Brief Guide to Michigan Genealogy contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Arkansas Genealogy

The state of Arkansas is located in the Southern region of the United States and is host to a beautiful variety of natural ranges. The state is rich with natural resources such as farmland, lakes, rivers, and streams, gemstones and quarries. The resources and farmland attracted many migrant farmers from Kentucky during the 1800s. Arkansas is one state which had many soldiers who fought for both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. The state is known as “The Natural State” and was the 25th state admitted to the union on June 15, 1836.

The In-Brief Guide to Arkansas Genealogy contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Virginia Genealogy

 

Home to the oldest permanent English Settlement, Virginia has a long and storied history. Founded in 1607, it was on the forefront of much of the United States history. As such, there is a large variety of historical sites, battlefields, museums, and archives visitors to the state can enjoy. Virginia was also home to 8 presidents, giving it the nickname “Mother of Presidents” and a tradition of being politically active. With a temperate climate due to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west and the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean in the east, the state has a little bit of everything from hiking to surfing for those who are adventurous.

The In-Brief Guide to Virginia Genealogy written by Shannon Combs-Bennett contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Beginner's Guide to Genetics

Genetic Genealogy is a hot topic in our field. It can tell you an amazing amount of information, but it can also lead you to even more questions. While you do not need to have a degree in genetics to understand your results, or to even use them in your research successfully, I have found those who have a basic understanding tend to do a bit better. This guide is an introduction to genetics for the genealogist and should help answer questions you may not have realized you were thinking about regarding the science behind the tests.

The In-Brief Beginner's Guide to Genetics written by Shannon Combs Bennett contains: Glossary, Explanations of DNA, Genes, and Chromosomes, Inheritance, Tests, Ethics, and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Jewish Ancestors

When faced with the research of a Jewish ancestor, it may seem a daunting task. We think of the Holocaust and the incredible destruction of lives, synagogues, and cemeteries in Europe and wonder, why should I even try? Then there is the myth that immigrants had their names changed at Ellis Island and so our Jewish ancestors are nearly impossible to research. All of these things scare off many Jews from researching their family and discovering there actually is a great deal of information “out there.” Since 1654, millions of Jews fled Europe for the United States. Though the Jewish people have been moving steadily around the world since 586 BC, there are a number of great resources which can assist in genealogical research.

The In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Jewish Ancestors contains Timeline of Jewish History, What does it mean to be Jewish, Migration Patterns, Key Records, Research Strategies, and many recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

 

An In-Brief Guide to Researching with the Dawes Rolls

The Dawes enrollment was about land.  It was created to divide the Indian Territory tribal lands into individually owned allotments and pave the way for Oklahoma Statehood.  The land had been given to the tribes in a series of treaties that promised, as author and historian Angie Debo quoted, would be theirs “as long as the waters run, as long as the grass grows”. But that promise like many others was eventually broken.

The Final Rolls of Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory was created for the purpose of allotting the land.  It is commonly called the Dawes rolls because Senator, Henry Laurens Dawes of Massachusetts headed up the Commission that produced the rolls.

The Dawes roll is a census of the Five “Civilized” Tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole) and it was taken in Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) between 1898-1906.  The term “Civilized” is an archaic one which was used to differentiate them from the tribes who lived in more traditional ways.  The Five Tribes, lived as many people of European descent did.  They were farmers and businessmen, lived in permanent homes, built schools, and many of them owned slaves.

The In-Brief Guide to Researching with the Dawes Rolls contains History, Indian Removal, Organization of the Dawes Commission, Requirements for the Dawes Rolls, Using the Dawes Rolls, and recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

 

 

An In-Brief Guide to Researching the Forbidden

Every family has a story, some are shared and others are swept under the rug. Concern for the feelings of living family members, as well as the fear of what the public might think, are just a few of the reasons for keeping stories hidden. Some people know the sins of the past, while others stumble upon them while researching. The question then becomes: Do we share these secrets? If we decide to share what we have uncovered, then how will it affect the ones we love? As genealogists, every story should be recorded regardless of whether or not you decide to share the story with family and/or friends. These stories are a part of our family’s lives and could unlock the clues as to why we are the way we are today.

The In-Brief Guide to Researching the Forbidden contains research strategies, record types, terminology, recommended resources and more. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

With the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we have seen commemorations of various battles on the nightly news or even attended events locally. Remembering the bloody battle at Antietam or the widely known battle at Gettysburg piques our interest in life during that time. The continuing programs and events which pay tribute to those men who served may have prompted you to wonder whether your ancestor had a part in one of the most significant events in our country’s history. If your ancestors lived in this country during the mid-19th century, the answer to this is more than likely a resounding – Yes!

Nearly 3 million men from both the north and south fought in the war. It’s been widely accepted that between 600,000 to 660,000 men from both sides died between 1861 and 1865, but new research puts the number higher – maybe as high as 750,000 men who perished during those four years. All these men left their homes, families and all that they knew to fight for their beliefs. With such a large percentage of the population participating in the Civil War, it’s more than likely one, if not several, of your ancestors fought.

The In-Brief Guide to Researching your Civil War Ancestors contains Where to Start, History of Regiments, Civil War Pensions, Compiled Military Service Records, Courthouse Records, Civil War Draft Registrations, Special Enumerations, Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

 

 

An In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Scottish Ancestors

Scotland has some of the best records for genealogy research in the world. And, fortunately, they have also done a fantastic job of both preserving these documents and making them available for research. Scotland was the first to digitize and make their collections available online. These documents are the records of the General Registrar’s Office and are available on the ScotlandsPeople website. The In-Brief Guide to Researching Your Scottish Ancestors by Christine Woodcock includes: Important Dates to Remember, Types of Documents Available Online, Useful Information within the Documents, Tips for Success, Archives, Libraries, Family History Societies, and much more. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

An In-Brief Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy

Pennsylvania’s nickname, the Keystone State, is true in genealogy as well. Many of our early ancestors first came to America through the port of Philadelphia which was also the nation’s first capital before it moved to Washington, D.C. “Penn’s woods” welcomed people of all faiths and ethnicities making it Penn’s “Holy Experiment.” The westward expansion of the early 1800s toward Pittsburgh and the head of the Ohio River saw our ancestors open new territories. The industrial revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s brought new immigrant workers to the coal mines and steel mills of Pennsylvania. The Allegheny Mountains, which run through the center of the state, were a barrier to westward expansion and still divide the state today with differences from language accents and food to sports and politics.

The In-Brief Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy written by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, contains Factoids, Timeline, Research Strategies, Migration Routes and Motivations and many other recommended resources. This 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device.

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