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June 11, 2024

What Social Security Records Can Tell You About Your Ancestor

Among the myriad of resources available to genealogists, Social Security records stand out as a particularly invaluable tool. Established in the 1930s, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has meticulously recorded information that can offer unique insights into an ancestor's life, including personal details, employment history, and death information.

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June 5, 2024

Exploring Civil War Medical Practices and Their Impact on Our Ancestors

The American Civil War (1861-1865) was a period of immense turmoil and change, not only in the political and social landscape of the United States but also in the field of medicine. Understanding the medical terminology found in Civil War records from this era offers valuable insights into the challenges faced by medical practitioners and the patients they treated. During the Civil War, medical practices were rudimentary by today’s standards.

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June 3, 2024

Why Do Spanish Ancestors Have so Many Last Names?

The surnames in Spanish families are tied to traditions of land, wealth, social status and religion. For a Spanish person, their whole name, including two surnames, correctly identifies them and their parents. This identity is deeply rooted in the histories of their ancestors and the names they carried. Spaniards believe that the name you are born with is “who you are” and “where you come from.” Spanish families prefer to continue the link to their past noble or royal lineages if they exist, whether male or female. The females or wives in Spanish families retain their status by keeping the surnames of their birth. A surname can infer wealth or social status, or alternatively identify a child born out of wedlock.

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May 29, 2024

1930 Census: Uncovering the Significance of the Radio Question

The United States Federal Census, conducted every ten years, offers a fascinating snapshot of American life at each turn of the decade. Among the many intriguing questions included in the 1930 Census, one stands out for its reflection of a transformative era.

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May 22, 2024

What is Pedigree Collapse?

Imagine tracing your genealogy back through generations, only to find the same names cropping up in surprising places. Suddenly, you’re faced with the fact that your family tree perhaps isn't as straightforward as you thought. If this is the case for you, then you’ve encountered pedigree collapse in your tree—a hidden pattern in your ancestry that reshapes your understanding of family history and genetic connections.

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May 14, 2024

Finding Your Biological Father

Finding your biological father often involves strategic gathering and analysis of both DNA data and historical records. Interestingly, a one-to-one comparison of DNA is not required to make significant progress in this search.

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May 13, 2024

Italian Immigration to the U.S., Before and During World War II

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May 8, 2024

Unlocking the EU Passport: A Guide to Dual Citizenship

Are you dreaming of living, working, or studying in Europe without the usual bureaucratic hurdles? In this comprehensive guide, we explore how Americans with European ancestry can obtain dual citizenship and unlock the benefits of an EU passport. Learn about eligibility requirements, the application process for various EU countries, and how Trace can help you navigate the journey.

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February 23, 2024

What is Genetic Genealogy? Unveiling the Past with DNA

The quest to understand our roots and unravel the mysteries of our ancestry has always fascinated humankind. Traditional genealogy, which relies on historical records, has long been the go-to method for tracing family history. However, with the advent of modern science, a new, powerful tool has emerged: genetic genealogy. This technique uses DNA testing to complement traditional genealogical methods, offering deeper and more accurate insights into our lineage. So, what is genetic genealogy, and how does it work? Let's delve into this intriguing subject and explore the various facets of this revolutionary field.

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February 22, 2024

What Are Direct Ancestors?

When delving into genealogy, one of the foundational concepts you'll encounter is that of "direct ancestors." These are the individuals from whom you are directly descended, forming a continuous line from your present generation back through history.

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