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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Native American and Slave Research

Question: Will the Expos help me to trace mine and my husband Native American and slave roots. If not, where can I go to get help? Answer: The answer to the first part of this question about whether or not attending a Family History Expo will help with your research, depends entirely on you and your research needs. But for an example, the upcoming Northern California Family History Expo has many classes that will assist with developing research strategies, regardless of the background of your ancestors.... Read More →

Preview of the Northern California Family History Expo 2013

Plans for the Northern California Family History Expo 2013 are well underway. The complete class schedule is available online and the date and location are also. Come join us at the Northern California Expo and learn how to research your family history and extend your pedigree! The Northern California Family History Expo 2013 will be held at the Crowne Plaza Scaramento Northeast, 5321 Date Avenue, Sacramento, California 95841 on June 28 from 12:00 pm and on June 29, until 4:30 pm. You can register... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – The Proverbial Brick Wall

Question: I am at the proverbial brick wall with my ancestor Saunders Haines. Saunders could be short for Alexander and Haines was later spelled Haynes.The earliest I can find him is in 1775 in Catskill, Ulster County, NY, where he (under name of Alexander) and Christina Halenbeck were married. I know he was in the Revolutionary War, that he had at least 5 children, and that in the Census of 1790, he was in New Paltz, New York. He moved to Rensselaerville, Albany County, where he died in 1813.How... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Finding a professional

Question: My great grandfather on my mother’s side came over from Denmark in 1906 so my research quickly requires someone that speaks and reads a different language, as well as knows the system for vital records for a different country.How do you connect with someone who can do all that? I tried through and also local universities thinking they might have a Danish language department that can point me to someone but finding someone who is fluent in Danish, let alone also knows... Read More →

Ask – the – Pros – Question and Answer – Voter Registration Lists

Question: What were the suffrage requirements in 1796 Maryland? Answer: This question really involves the more general topic of voter registration lists. Commonly, in most jurisdictions where voting was possible and where registration was required, historic voter registration lists may still be available. Unfortunately, many of these records have yet to make their way online and you may have to search for them in state and local archives as well as historical societies. One good source for records... Read More →

Dutch Settlers in New York

This article is contributed by Arlene H. Eakle, PhD. Let me introduce you to a relatively new book about the Dutch settlers in New York: Dutch New York:  The Roots of the Hudson Valley Culture. Edited by Roger Panetta.  2009.  Prepared to accompany an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum with the support of Westchester County and Fordham University Press. This very interesting volume is a series of 13 chapters on varying aspects of the culture through the Hudson Valley from influences of slavery,... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – More about American Indian Ancestry

Ask-the-Pros is a feature of the Family History Expos website. The feature is available from a link appearing on many of the pages of the website. If you ask a question, it will be reviewed and may be answered in this blog. It may be some time before your question is answered in a formal blog post. Question: I have a relative who was born in Alabama in 1868 and died in Texas in 1927. I have always been told she was Comanche Indian, the two census records that I have located her on do not state that... Read More →