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Soundex System. "The soundex is a coded surname (last name) index based on the way a surname sounds rather than the way it is spelled. Surnames that sound the same, but are spelled differently, like SMITH and SMYTH, have the same code and are filed together. The soundex coding system was developed so that you can find a surname even though it may have been recorded under various spellings. To search for a particular surname, you must first work out its code."

The Soundex Indexing System Updated May 2007

"Eagle eye Genealogy Gems reader and listener John Roberts ran across some very unique entries in a Kansas State Census. John writes: “I thought you might find the professions listed for the people on lines 13, 16 and 33, out of the ordinary, to say the least. It appears this census taker had a critical nature. I found this census page very amusing. Hope you enjoy it too.”"

See what this intriguing census taker had to say about the neighbors

The penitentiary, opening on the now-named Blackwell's Island in 1832

New York has some of the most historic and famous prisons in the United States. We recently launched four new collections of New York prison records which range from Photo Credit: Blackwell's Island Penitentiary, Library of Congress Photo Collection,

I know, I know. The indexers are only human and make mistakes. Yeah, I get that. I make more than my fair share of mistakes too. But it's really frustrating to see the butchery of last names. #genealogy

Friday Funny: Indexing Mistakes

Like… how do you get Ida out of Zela? Or Lempest/Timpest out of Tempest? Or Humphrep out of Humphrys?

Clues in Census Records, 1790-1840

Clues in Census Records,

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Tennessee Bible Records project from the Tennessee State Archives & Library.  We have also pinned the main page for the Tennessee State Archives.

TSLA: TN Bible Records Tennessee Bible Records project from the Tennessee State Archives & Library. We have also pinned the main page for the Tennessee State Archives.

Hurry! All digital issues are still only 99p each via Google Play. Offer ends very soon. #genealogy #familyhistory #android

Hurry! All digital issues are still only 99p each via Google Play. Offer ends very soon. #genealogy #familyhistory #android

www.censusmate.com

Use this TimeLine Format to find ages, names, and birthdates from 1800 to 1850 US Census Data

Hotel keys - loved staying at the Holiday Inn and running down the hall as fast as possible!

Hotel keys- remember these? You could just put them in the mailbox and mail them back if you forgot to return one. (Hopefully they wouldn't be picked up by a serial killer in the mean time!

Welcome to SharedTree! The Internet's first completely FREE, completely online family history and genealogy application.

Welcome to SharedTree! The Internet's first completely FREE, completely online family history and genealogy application. Seriously, this is our family tree. Two families married into each other twice.

The eight track tape was indestructible. I would throw them into the floorboard of the car, spill pop and beer on them, flick cigarette ashes all over them, then all my friends would stomp on them and then I would pop them in the stereo and they played every time no fail!

Modern Antiques That Today’s Kids Probably Have Never Used

8 track tape deck for the car. Boy I remember having this in one of my cars!

Tuesday's Tip: Shh! A Little Secret I Discovered in Online Michigan Death Records #genealogy #familyhistory

Tuesday's Tip: Shh! A Little Secret I Discovered in Online Michigan Death Records this tidbit may help you with other state record data /kn

Remember "Colorforms" - I loved them.  There were all kinds.  I used to get these for my birthday.

I had this Raggedy Ann Colorform set. I loved Colorforms! --colorforms from

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