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Genealogy is the search for our ancestors. Family history is the study of the lives they led. Using the information from each area provides us with a true picture of our family.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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A census is an official counting of the population living in the United States on a designated day set at intervals. The census places an ancestor at a specific place at a specific time.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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We are the legacy of many generations. There is no greater gift for your children and grandchildren than teaching them about the history and lives of their ancestors.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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The census is taken every 10 years on a designated census day by an "enumerator" in a specific area known as an enumeration district (usually referred to as ED). The first census was done in 1790. Most of the census 1890 was destroyed by fire and therefore it is highly unlikely any information can be found via this information data base for this time period. Census information is confidential for 72 years after it has been taken.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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A generation is 22-25 years for a man and 18-23 years for a woman.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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In addition to the census population count, there are a number of special censuses: Slave, Industry & Manufacturing, Agriculture, Mortality, Social Statistics, Union Veteran and Widow, Defective, Dependent and Delinquent.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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Cite your sources! Remember to document everything you find on your ancestors. UNDOCUMENTED GENEALOGY IS MYTHOLOGY!
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Begin with the latest census available and work backwards. Census records have been taken since 1790. Before 1790 you can use Tax Lists and other local lists that might have been compiled according to the state you are researching in.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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A primary source is a record created at the time of, or shortly thereafter, an event or circumstance occurred. A secondary source may be material copied or compiled from other sources or written at a later date from memory. Acquire primary sources whenever possible.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Don't assume that all children listed in the census belong to the wife listed. This may be a second wife and the children are a combination of "his and hers."
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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Make a research log and record every search, whether successful or not.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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When copying census information, copy EVERYTHING EXACTLY AS IT IS WRITTEN! Do not change or update the information even if you think it is incorrect. This is the way it was written; leave it alone!
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Census Research]
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Start with what you know. The Pedigree chart is the road map of you and your ancestors. It begins with YOU! Females must use their maiden names.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Male and female lines are equally important but the female lines may be more challenging to research.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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To find a birth date from a death date, subtract the age in years, months and days from the date of death and from this result subtract the constant 8870. This answer is the date of birth. Enter age and death date as: (yyyymmdd)
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Keep an open mind and think outside the box.
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Genealogy is addictive!
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Organize from the beginning in a system that suits your needs... but in which you can quickly and easily find information when you want it.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Organization]
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Set up "proof files." These are your original documents and NEVER travel with you.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Organization]
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"Portable files" are copies of your original documents and your family group sheets, notes, pedigree charts, chronological profiles, etc.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Organization]
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Vital Records include birth, marriage, divorce and death records.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Death Records can be the least accurate records depending upon the knowledge of the person reporting the information about the deceased.. Unfortunately, you will never be able to report your own information. How much do your children know about you?
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Marriage Records may only be records of the wedding. However, you may also find the Application for Marriage completed by the bride and groom-to-be. Marriage records may also be corroborated with church records. Check everything for correctness.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Birth Records are difficult to obtain because they can be used for so many purposes. You may be required to provide proof of relationship and proof of the person's death.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Vital records and event information are more reliable when they are recorded near the time of the happening. The longer the time from the event occurrence that the record is made, the less accurate it may be based on the memory of the person involved.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Vital Records]
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Surname Sources - Know the naming patterns of the ethnic area you are researching is an invaluable resource in recognizing family names. Surnames began in Europe about the 11th century. They developed as trade increased. The four basic groups of surnames are the patronymic (based on the father's name), landscape features or place names, action or nicknames, and occupational or office names.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Surnames]
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When it comes to spelling variations, think "out of the box." Often clerks and government officials were unable to correctly record the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German or Spanish languages used in the port of entry and part of the country where they settled. It was written down as they heard it and the immigrant accepted this as the official American rendering of his name.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Surnames]
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Lineal descendant means being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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The term "relict" refers to a widow or widower.
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The Latin word "sic" used in a transcription indicates the preceding word has been transcribed exactly from the original.
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Cannon Law refers to Laws of the Church.
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Affidavit refers to a written and signed statement sworn in front of a court officer.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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An Administrator is an appointee of the court who settles the estate of a deceased who died without leaving a will.
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A Collateral Ancestor is an ancestor NOT in the direct line of ascent, but coming from the same ancestral family.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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Consanguinity means blood relationship.
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D.S.P. (died sine prole) means died without offspring.
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ae. or aet. is the Latin abbreviation meaning "at the age of".
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a.k.a. or aka is the abbreviation for "also known as".
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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An "alien" is a foreign-born resident of a country who has not been naturalized.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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In early American history, a cousin was a relative by blood or marriage of any degree outside the immediate family.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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In early American History, a daughter-in-law was a step-daughter or the wife of their son.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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Podcast is "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio (or video) player."
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Definitions]
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When searching old cemeteries, always check outside the fence. Many criminals, "sinners" and those of mixed races were buried outside the cemetery proper.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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In some families you will find children named after older brothers/ sisters who died.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Basic Genealogy]
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Riley County Kansas was founded shortly before the Civil War. Indian lands were opened to settlement after 1854. Riley County was one of the first thirty-six counties in the state March 8, 1855 and was named for the Mexican-American War General Bennet Riley.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]
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The Federal Government decided a military fort was needed further west than Leavenworth to maintain order and guard the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Fort Riley was located at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers in 1853. Originally named Camp Center, the fort was renamed in1853 in honor of Major General Bennet C. Riley.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]
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During the first few years of Riley County's existence, a number of towns developed. Juniata, or Dyer's Crossing, on the east side of the Blue River, north of present Manhattan, was the first.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]
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Ogden received settlers from the defunct Pawnee and the first Riley County Commission moved from Pawnee to Ogden. In 1858, after a vote and a dispute, the county seat moved From Ogden to Manhattan.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]
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The Ogden settlement contained pro-slavery sentiment, as did the original town of Randolph. Gardner Randolph came to Kansas from Tennessee and founded Randolph in 1857. The town's name was changed to Waterville in 1859, but was renamed Randolph in 1876.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]
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In 1854, George Park founded the town of Poleska. In 1855 Samuel Dexter Houston founded the town of Canton at the foot of Bluemont Hill. In 1855 Issac Goodnow and the New England Emigrant Aid Colony formed the town of Boston. In June of 1855, the Cincinnati and Kansas Land Company arrived. The 4 towns combined to create the town of Manhattan.
Last Updated: 31 December 2014   [Located in Category: Riley County History]