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Flea Market Genealogy? The forgotten resource in genealogy research!

  Flea Market Genealogy an untapped resource Flea Markets are an untapped genealogical resource. As genealogists  we have combed boxes in the attics of our relatives looking for genealogical related items hoping find something to add to our family stories. … Continue reading

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The Value of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps From Michael S Sheaffer Not long ago did I stumble upon the value of the Sanborn Fire Insurance. I had known about them but never thought to seriously look at them from a genealogical point of … Continue reading

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A penmanship contest for Civil War soldiers who lost arms?

The following article was original written on the Library of Congress Blog- Michael S Sheaffer William Oland Bourne Papers June 27, 2016 by Erin Allen (The following is a story written by Mark Hartsell for the Gazette, the Library of … Continue reading

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Free Access to Native American Records at Fold3

Free* Access to the Native American Collection This post was written by our friends at Fold3 November 1, 2016 by Trevor | 0 comments Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore … Continue reading

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Sheaffer Genealogy Video

How to Read a Death Certificate I have recently been testing with video for this site to do a series of tutorials and how I do my own research. Here is the first one that I hope to be able … Continue reading

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Tortoise and the Hare, and the lost art of Transcribing?

My old genealogy friend once spent an entire afternoon transcribing 1 document, while I spent the afternoon collecting 7 documents which I would later place in my box at home. Who was the most effective genealogist that afternoon? It wasn’t me! Continue reading

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A Common interest between my 3rd Great Grandfather and myself

  Civic minded John E Sheaffer was a man of honor and civic pride Original content by Michael S Sheaffer John E Sheaffer was my 3rd Great Grandfather who was a man of some prominence in his hometown of Shippensburg, … Continue reading

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