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In the early 1900s, lamination—now an archival no-no—was a celebrated new tool at
repositories nationwide. Thousands of historical documents were laminated, including
the Emancipation Proclamation. Find out how archives are working with these documents
in the December 2010 Genealogy Insider column.
About 125,000 US troops, both Army regulars and new volunteers, served in the Philippine
Insurrection from 1899 to 1902. The 1900 US census has information on military personnel
stationed in the Philippines, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Read more in our December 2010 guide to records from America’s lesser-known military
The Washington State Digital
Archives holds more than 90 million records, with 28 million searchable online.
Find more state genealogy resources in our guide to 75 of the best state sites for
genealogy research (also
The Irish National Museum has a firkin of butter buried in a peat bog (once a common
storage practice) in the late-17th or eary-18th century. The grayish substance no
longer resembles butter. Brush up on butter in the December 2010 History Matters column.
To help kids learn about your family’s genealogy, you can get Hearth
Song’s stick-on family tree wall mural to personalize with relatives’ names and
photos. Get more kid-friendly genealogy ideas in the December 2010 article Legacy
Some 250,000 Scots-Irish are thought to have arrived in the United States between
1717 and the American Revolution, with later waves in the 1740s, around 1754, and
between 1771 and 1775. Many headed for central Pennsylvania, the Shenandoah Valley
of Virginia, and the Carolinas, eventually migrating into and across the Appalachians.
Learn how to trace these ancestors (also called Ulster Scots) in our December
2010 guide to Scots-Irish Roots.
Most PCs come with Window Movie Maker, which makes it easy to turn digital photos
and videos into family movies. See a tutorial in the December 2010 Toolkit.