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Land Grant: Public land given to an individual by the government, usually as a reward for military service. (Definition from ) CLICK HERE to search for land grants.


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Banns (or marriage banns): Church-generated documents publicly stating couples’ intent to marry. The custom dates back to Colonial America; banns were posted or read on three consecutive Sundays. (Definition from ) CLICK HERE for a sample of a banns.

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Abstract: An abbreviated transcription of a document that includes the date of the record and every name it contains; it may also provide relationships or descriptions (witness, executor, bondsman, son, widow) of the people mentioned. (Definition from ) You’ll usually get abstracts on




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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Mark your calendars! That’s if you haven’t already for October 25th, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair. The virtual fair is free and will go live at 9:45am (EST) and wrap about 4pm. For more information click here

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Help Save Access to New York City Vital Records!

Via the NYG&B website

“The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is proposing a new rule that would affect when birth and death records are made available to the public and transferred to the Department of Records and Information Services.

The proposed schedule would greatly lengthen the amount of time a birth or death record is restricted for public access, which would negatively impact family history researchers everywhere.” Please submit your comments and sign petition by October 24th.

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Worldwide Indexing Event


Have you signed up to be apart of the Worldwide Indexing Event happening October 20th to the 22nd? The goal is to make more historical records searchable online for people for free. Last year over 10,000,000 records got indexed, with over 115, 000 volunteers, can we beat those numbers this year? I hope we can, if you haven’t signed up or want to know more about it there is still time, click the link for more information


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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 42: Getting Started with Latin Research


Want to get started with Latin research? Well the BlackProGen LIVE panelist will be discussing tips, resources, and more on how to do just that.

The broadcast will take place: Tomorrow Night!
9pm Eastern (New York)
8pm Central (Chicago)
7pm Mountain (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific (Los Angeles)


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BlackProGen LIVE Episode 43:

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE episode 43? Don’t worry check out the video below.

“Doing the research is great, but making sure your efforts live on for generations is just as important. Join us as we discuss ways you can showcase all your hard work by leaving your mark online.”


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How to Trace Enslaved Ancestors

Fellow genealogist and host of BlackProGen LIVE, Nicka Smith gives us some tips on How to Trace Your Ancestors as Slaves.


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WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

I recently found both of my grandfather’s WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 along with other male relatives on and  Information on the record via

About U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

This database contains World War II draft registration cards from multiple registrations filled out by men in select states aged 18–44.

Historical Background

The U.S. officially entered World War II on 8 December 1941 following an attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. About a year before, in October 1940, President Roosevelt had signed into law the first peacetime selective service draft in U.S. history because of rising world conflicts. Multiple registrations held between November 1940 and October 1946 signed up more than 50 million American men aged 18–45 for the draft.

Cards in This Database

This database contains images and indexes for registration cards filled out by men born between the years of 1898 and 1929 from Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina. The following states are also found in the index with a link to the images available on Fold3:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Maryland
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming
  • District of Columbia
  • Virgin Islands

More cards will be added from other states as they become available. The cards are potentially valuable sources of genealogical and family information, with details that can include:

  • name
  • serial number
  • address (some ask for mailing address as well)
  • telephone
  • age
  • place of birth
  • country of citizenship
  • employer’s name
  • place of employment (address)
  • name and address of person who will always know registrant’s address, relationship to registrant
  • description: race, eyes, weight, complexion, hair
  • year of registration

The collection includes some replacement cards for registration cards that were destroyed. These cards list a name.

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