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Jul 26, 2021

If you are searching for a birth record for an ancestor, you might not find one if official birth registration was not required at the time and in the place they were born. However, you will likely come across a baptismal record, as most people in the past belonged to some kind of church. This is what baptismal...


Jul 23, 2021

Birth records are some of the first types of records you may look for when beginning your genealogy research. After all, most people in the western world have had some sort of documentation of their birth for the past thousand years. Modern birth certificates began being issued between 100 and 150 years ago. This is the...


Jul 20, 2021

Martha Washington was the very first 1st lady of the United States. We all know this about her, and that she married George Washington. But, what about her life before him, and after him? Do you really know Martha Washington? Here is her story...

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Jul 16, 2021

The Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution establishes a federal income tax. There had only been one tax of this type before, to pay for the Civil War, and it was canceled not long after the end of that war. Those who supported an income tax thought it would help lower-income individuals by putting a greater tax...


Jul 12, 2021

The Fifteenth Amendment to the US Constitution gave African American men, including those who had been former slaves, the right to vote. While the amendment seemed simple, the US Supreme Court has interpreted it in a variety of ways in the past 150 years since it was ratified to the Constitution. This is what you need...