Author Archives: Seema Kenney


A record gets created, possibly distributed, used, maintained and then disposed of.  If the record you are looking at has significance for you, the disposal method might be to Permanently Store it. When you start to organize your own papers, … Continue reading

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World War I Draft

About World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 This database contains an index and images of World War I draft registration cards completed by approximately 24 million men living in the U.S. in 1917 and 1918. Information that may be … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Land Records

Registry of Deeds Overview… 1 Massachusetts is divided into 21 registry districts with an elected Register of Deeds responsible for each office. Documents related to the ownership of real estate within the district are recorded at the Registry of Deeds. Recorded … Continue reading

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North American Conflicts

(adapted from 17th Century War between the Huron and the Iriquois 1634-38 Pequot War 1640 French and Iroquois Wars 1675-78 King Philip’s War 1680 Pueblo Revolt 1689-97 King William’s War 18th Century 1702-13 Queen Anne’s War 1715-17 Yamasee War … Continue reading

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Photographs provide a wonderful window into the lives of our ancestors.  Unfortunately, often times the marking on the back of a photograph is  not descriptive enough. Genealogical research skills and knowledge help you to read the clues in a photograph … Continue reading

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Census Reports

The U.S. Federal Census started in 1750.  It is mandated every 10 years in order that the government have a count of the residents of various geographic areas.  Most census questionnaires are unique.  Until 1850, only the Head of Household … Continue reading

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Immigration & Naturalization

IMMIGRATION: Basic Starting Information: Name Approximate Date of Immigration Approximate Age at Immigration Options for Establishing the Basics: Look for an alphabetical listing of ships that carried immigrants to America. Heaviest immigration was in the spring – March, April, May … Continue reading

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World War II Draft Cards

During World War II there were seven registrations—handled by the Local Board of a County in each state, DC, and later, American men living abroad. October 16, 1940—all males ages 21-36. Between 1941 & 1943—five more registrations for ages 18-44. … Continue reading

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Medical Terminology

Adapted from: MEDICAL TERMS FOR GENEALOGISTS by Susan Farrell Werle for The Genealogical Helper, July – Aug 1988, p. 11-12   Ague: fever Air-swellings: tympanites; air or gas in the intestines Anchylosis: stiff joint Anidrosis: too little perspiration Anthrax: a … Continue reading

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Getting Started

Getting started with your own genealogical research is as easy as writing down what you already know! However, in creating a valuable reference for others, you need to document where the information came from.  So, like when you did term … Continue reading

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