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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 1/22

 

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Oral History: A collection of family stories told by a member of the family or by a close family friend. You can transcribe an oral history onto paper, or video or tape-record it. Oral histories often yield stories and information you won’t find written in records. (Definition from familytreemagazine.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 1/16

 

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Legatee: A person who inherits money or property through a will. (Definition from genealogy-quest.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 1/11

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Bounty Land:Land granted by the Colonial and federal governments as a reward for military service. Bounty-land warrants—documents granting the right to the land—were assigned to soldiers, their heirs and other individuals.

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 1/8

 

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Primary Source: Records created at the time of an event. For example, a primary source for a birth date would be a birth certificate. While you can find birth dates on other documents, such as marriage certificates, they would not be primary sources for the birth date, because they were not created at the time of the birth. (Definition from ancestry.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 1/5

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Repository: The place where a source can be found. (i.e.: Library, FHC etc.) (Definition from genealogy-quest.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 12/19

 

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X: What the signer of a document would often write if he couldn’t write his name. A witness would typically label this “his mark.” (familytreemagazine.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 12/18

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Heir: Person who succeeds, by the rules of law, to an estate upon the death of an ancestor; one with rights to inherit an estate. (Definition from genealogy.com)

 

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 12/13

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Passenger List: Compilation of the names and information about passengers who arrived on ships into the United States. These lists were submitted to customs collectors at every port by the ship’s master. Passenger lists were not officially required by the United States government until 1820. Before that date, the information about each passenger varied widely, from just names to details such as number of bags.(Definition from ancestry.com)

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 12/12

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Gazetteer: A book that alphabetically names and describes places in a specific area. For example, a county gazetteer would name and describe the towns, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the county.

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GENEALOGY WORD OF THE DAY 12/11

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Voter Registration: A list of registered voters for each state. Voter registration lists are sometimes the first public records of former slaves. Many states have microfilmed their lists or make them available on interlibrary loan.(Definition from familytreemagazine.com)

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