Did you know that Swedish parishes have been keeping records since 1686? Although individual parishes may have a few records from earlier dates, church law required Swedish church records to be diligently recorded after this time. Full Story
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Perhaps you’ve heard that Swedish records are some of the best resources in the world to find ancestors. It’s true! If you have Swedish ancestry, then you are among the fortunate. But how do you do Swedish genealogy? Here are some simple steps to get started. Full Story
FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in October 2018 with over 12 million new indexed family history records and nearly 400,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Belgium, Chile, Colombia, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, which includes California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia. New digital images were added from BillionGraves and Belgium. Full Story
The 1940 United States census was released to the public in April 2012, and more than 163,000 online volunteers indexed millions of names in just four months. Why all this dedication and excitement? The 1940 U.S. census is the most recently released United States census to date. Because of this, it is extremely valuable to genealogy work. Full Story
Have you ever wondered what events in 1930s America affected your ancestors who were listed in the 1940 U.S. census? Social history is an important part of any family’s history, and learning what was going on in the world around your ancestors can add interest and insight to their life stories. Full Story
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By Jan Mayer On the first U.S. census day (August 2, 1790), 17 United States marshals and around 650 assistants1 began the task of finding and recording the population of the United States. These were the first U.S. census takers.
Juliana Tate, a young genealogist, and Sunny Morton, accomplished blogger and author, both contributed to the writing of this article. United States census records can reveal more of your family history than you may think! Learn where your relatives lived and with whom, about their work and schooling, when immigrant ancestors arrived and more. Here’s […]