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Michael Brophy-Spoke at VBGS Meeting-on Upcoming 1940 Census

The Virginia Beach Genealogical Society monthly meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7PM  at the Virginia Beach Central Library-in VA Beach, VA. The speaker was professional genealogist Michael Brophy visiting from Abington, MA to give the group a lecture titled: “The 1940 Census: Countdown to April 2, 2012”  All of the programs…

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Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Corbett Expected to Sign Vital Records Bill.

Good News from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Corbett is Expected to Sign Pennsylvania Senate Bill #361-Within Next Several Days. Being a Pennsylvanian by birth and having most of my own family history located in the boundaries of Pennsylvania, I am exited about the prospect of having more vital records available to the…

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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Bankruptcy Records of your Ancestors

With the landscape of today’s economic plight, coupled with the loss of  numerous  jobs, and the highest unemployment rate that our country has seen since the great depression-has afforded social historians a unique gaze into the window of our ancestor’s lives.  Genealogists can gain an understanding of some of the ways in which our ancestors…

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Genealogy Conference Planned for Virginia Beach Genealogical Society-2012

The Virginia Beach Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome European Expert Paul Milner as their featured speaker for next years’ annual genealogical conference planned for Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Paul Milner brings a wealth of genealogical knowledge and experience to the 2012 VBGS Conference. Paul is a nationally recognized speaker who…

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Old English Occupation: Knocker-Up Keeping Employees Working

Many old and honorable occupations that no longer exist have their origins deeply rooted in history when people worked many varying trades.  Some of these professions are not what historians or genealogists might consider to be mainstream work, but over the years these various lines of work have provided great stories that can be passed…

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Requesting your Ancestor’s SS-5 Social Security Application

Discover some great facts about an ancestor. Once you’ve located a family member who is deceased, or one that is in the Social Security Death Index (generally those who died after 1960-although not complete), you may request a copy of that persons original application for Social Security. It is an excellent source of genealogical information…

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Articles of Engagement: The United States Life-Saving Service

Do you have an ancestor who served in The United States Life-Saving Service? The unofficial motto of this organization which the men lived by was; “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back“. Many men gave up their lives to live by that motto as they saved shipwreck victims in all…

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