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Courthouse Records – Why Visiting in Person is Still Necessary

Editor’s Note: The original post, slightly edited and republished below, was written by the late Carolyn L. Barkley and published in 2012. The information she shares on why it is important to visit a courthouse in person, as well as tips for making your research more efficient while you’re there, is no less relevant today
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Civilian Conservation Corps Records

Editor’s note: In this informative post, originally published in 2010, Karen E. Livsey discusses the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, how records were kept, and resources for finding and using the Civilian Conservation Corps  Records. Ms. Livsey is the Library/Archivist at the Fenton History Center in Jamestown (Chautauqua Co.), New York, and she serves as the Ellicott
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Resources for Mayflower Research

This article was originally posted by the late Carolyn Barkley. We’re bringing it back with minor edits in honor of the Thanksgiving season. As mentioned, the author’s own roots are tied to the Thanksgiving story, making her knowledge that much more relevant. Thanksgiving is around the corner. In addition to the turkey and trimmings, the
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Before Ellis Island: Passenger Arrivals at Castle Garden, New York

Editor’s note: The late Carolyn L. Barkley discusses the changing conditions for immigrants arriving in the United States before Ellis Island was the main point of entry. Information includes the challenges one may face trying to locate an ancestor who arrived before 1892, how you may find them, and valuable resources to make your search
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NERGC – Conference Summary

By the end of the third day of any conference, my brain needs some quiet down time in order to process all of the new information to which I’ve been exposed; my feet hurt; I have finally figured out the layout for the conference meeting spaces. I have found that such feelings are shared by
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NGS Conference – Final Day

by Carolyn L. Barkley At approximately 3:00 this afternoon, the lights dimmed in the exhibit hall and the “pipe and drape” guys quickly – and noisily – began to dismantle the booths. Soon everything was packed safely into boxes and we were ready to leave the exhibit hall. For me, that is the moment which seems most like the last
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NGS Conference – Day Three

by Carolyn L. Barkley Conferences take on a life of their own, with an ebb and flow in the exhibit hall that is driven by the session schedule. Periods of intense activity alternate with quieter hours during sessions. On Friday, individuals who had been browsing all week, began to make their final selections. Some were
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NGS Conference – Day Two

Day two in Cincinnati at the NGS Family History Conference. Some of the best opportunities at the conference are the various twenty-minute demonstrations held in the back of the hall. I attended one such presentation on the basic features of the genealogy-specific search engine, Mocavo, and another on the Flip-Pal‘s capability of scanning large documents in separate
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NGS Conference – Day One

Today was the first day of the 2012 NGS Family History Conference in Cincinnati. For those of us working in the exhibit hall, the day went from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye. One minute we weren’t open yet; the next hundreds of people were streaming through the main exhibit entrance. As
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Virginia Memory – Don’t Miss This Site

by Carolyn L. Barkley We all can name favorite websites to which we return repeatedly in the course of our research. Virginia Memory is one of my favorites – and not just because I live in Virginia! If you are one of the numerous researchers whose ancestral trail extends back through the decades and centuries
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Look Beyond the Population Schedules and Discover the Agricultural Census

I discovered the federal nonpopulation schedules some years ago. It wasn’t an educated choice of resource. Instead, I stumbled across it in a microfilm drawer late one afternoon after a frustratingly unsuccessful day. What I found changed the direction of my research and added substantially to my understanding of my research subject. If you are
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Genealogical Conferences – Best Bet for Learning and Fun

We apologize for the late posting of this week’s article, but still unexplained glitch prevented its posting until just now. I attended my first national genealogical conference in 1985, when I traveled to Baltimore for the National Genealogical Society’s Conference in the States. While I had been to local and state genealogical seminars prior to
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Upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

  by Jana Sloan Broglin, CG   GenealogyandFamilyHistory is pleased to bring you a preview of the upcoming conference. Genealogical conferences and workshops, whether local, state or national, are the best learning value for your money. Please consider attending – you’ll be glad you did. This week’s guest author is Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, Vice
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Using New Resources Effectively

by Carolyn L. Barkley I work in the genealogical.com booth at two national genealogical conferences (NGS and FGS) each year. As I assist customers for several days at a time, I have a first row seat that allows me to observe how many people approach a new resource. The most common method is to pick
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