The 13 Longest Family Trees Go Back More Than 2500 Years!

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Have you tried tracing your own family tree yet? Genealogy is an increasingly popular pastime, especially with a wealth of online resources available. DNA testing is also becoming a more readily available and affordable way to investigate your origins. However, if you want to create a family tree to compete with the largest ones in … Read more

How to Get Old Newspapers: 17 Places to Look

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Newspapers are an amazing source of genealogical information. Plus, they’re just cool. It’s fun to see what was going on at specific historical moments. So how can we get old newspapers? Old newspapers, whether the copy is an original print, a digital version, or a reprint, can be found online and in person. They can … Read more

Do Schools Keep Records of Past Students?

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With the 2020 school year being as crazy as it has been (thank you, coronavirus pandemic), Breanne and I began to wonder about past school years, school records, and what records get kept. Do schools keep records of past students? Schools generally keep records for 2-3 years after a student leaves the school or graduates … Read more

How Far Back Do Surnames Go? A Brief History

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Last names are a lot of fun – but sometimes they aren’t super easy to track. Then again, it’s also a lot easier to track family history when you’ve got a family surname to help you make sure you’ve got the right Charles! So how far back do surnames go? Surnames in China date back … Read more