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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Tip

Are you struggling with a Brick Wall?

I would like to help you get rid of a few of those bricks.
   Let's look at some other information that may help knock our genealogy walls down and a few less bricks in the wall the better, Right!!!!
   Let's talk Homestead Records. Did you know President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862? This gave 160 acres of free land to men age 18 and older. But the person had to agree to cultivate the land for at least 5 years.
    Let's look at nonpopulation census. These are very informative when it comes to farming and manufacturing in the USA. It can give you clues as the types of bussiness were in your ancestor's community.
    Agriculture Schedules can give you insight to your ancestor's farm, You can learn what produce they planted or livestock they owned.
    Coroner's Records are a wonderful source, did your family member die from uncertain or unusual circumstances? like an accident like being burned, drowning, drug overdose, mine explosion, suicide, murdered, or criminal negligence?

I hope these tips will help make your brick wall a little shorter, and help you find more clues about your family and who they were.

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