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  • What I Learned- Day Five

    Nov 24

    I learned that underneath the list of potential websites that the My Heritage search engine collected for me sits more information. There is a legend that describes what the icons mean. A red star means that this website has had information added to it in the last 30 days. A yellow star means the website has a highly popular genealogy database. A b...


  • What I Learned- Day 4

    Nov 23

    Today, I had the opportunity to look at the list of potential links that the My Heritage website found for me. I began my genealogy research by typing my own first name, and my maiden name into the search engine. My hope is that one of the links that it listed for me would provide me with the records I am seeking. I start by logging in. This goe...


  • A Rescued Legacy

    Nov 22

    Wesley Wagoner was from Hanover, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the 76th Union Pennsylvania Infantry in October 1862 during the American Civil War. He was a faithful son in writing letters home while stationed in South Carolina. He wrote of the conditions the troops were living under, their military activities, but mostly of his love for his family. ...


  • Previously Married

    Nov 21

    Parents don’t necessarily discuss with their children every aspect of their life, figuring the youngsters might not comprehend some adult issues. However, once those children are adults, leading their own lives would seem to be the perfect time to discuss earlier events covering the parent’s life. When that is not done, the parent’s early y...


  • Sibling Jealousy

    Nov 20

    There can be a handful of family stories told by just one individual, possibly to hurt or for revenge on that person. One story such tale communicated to other relatives was by a younger sister about her older, more popular sister. Sibling rivalry has existed since Cain and Abel with each trying to prove they were better than the other. This can...


  • The Maiden Name

    Nov 19

    Misinformation, especially concerning an individual’s vital dates and names, can be carried on for generations especially when placed on death certificates. After all, it is a living relative or even friend providing the specifics for the death certificate. So unknowingly an Indiana great grandmother’s maiden name was always written and told as...


  • Military Aide to General George Washington

    Nov 18

    No one can claim to be a direct descendant of General George Washington, since he had no children of his own. Instead, in one family was the tale for generations that an ancestor had been the personal aide and confident to General George Washington throughout the American Revolutionary War. That ancestor's name was Sgt. Lawrence Everhart from Maryl...


  • What I Learned – Day Three

    Nov 17

    Today, I tried, once again, to access the MyHeritage website. I learned that somehow, the MyHeritage website has figured out that I was trying to become a member, because it allows me to log in. A small, stable, box appears, which I find very easy to log into. Finally, I am now able to access the very same search engine that I was originally attemp...


  • What I Learned – Day Two

    Nov 16

    Today, I decided to see if the problem that I was having with the MyHeritage website was because I was using a Mac computer. To test this problem, I fired up my laptop computer, which is a PC. I prefer to use the Safari browser, even on my PC. I manually typed the URL for the MyHeritage webpage that I was attempting to use yesterday into the addres...


  • What I Learned – Day One

    Nov 15

    I've decided to jump in and make a serious attempt to begin working on my family tree. As a person who has dabbled in genealogy, but is still rather new to the subject, I know that there is a lot for me to learn. I'm excited to discover more about my ancestors, and, at the same time, I am a bit anxious about the research aspect of genealogy. Tod...


  • Do You Qualify For a Genealogical Grant?

    Nov 13

    Need some extra cash in order to continue, or start, your genealogy project? Are you someone who represents a genealogical organization? Perhaps you are the creator, writer, editor, and distributor of a family newsletter. Maybe you have an idea for an amazing new piece of technology, that will revolutionize the way genealogists do their research...


  • Autism and Schizophrenia Linked to Genetic Mutation

    Nov 12

    There have been a lot of stories in the news that talk about autism. Many of these stories start out by mentioning that they have found the cause for autism. Later, as the story unfolds, it often turns out that there really wasn't as much of a link between autism and whatever the cause was said to be. But, the headlines always sound as though the d...


  • Adopted Man Finds Long Lost Family

    Nov 11

    Bobby Walker is 26 years old. Earlier this year, he asked his adoptive mother, Marilyn Walker, for some information about who his birth mother is. There wasn't a lot of information to give him. He learned that his birth mother was only 13 years old when he was born. He was given a photograph of his birth mother, that was taken in 1995. The woman wa...


  • World’s Largest Family Tree Templates Available For Free

    Nov 10

    Do you come from an extremely large family? I do! The very idea of trying to fit all of my relatives, and all of my ancestors, onto one family tree template seemed impossible to me. In fact, the very idea was so intimidating that I really haven't put much effort into attempting it. However, now that there are giant family tree charts that can be do...


  • His Ancestor is a Saint

    Nov 9

    It can be comforting when your genealogy research reveals that your ancestors were good people. It must be extremely exciting to learn that one of your ancestors was, in fact, a saint! Strangely enough, this is precisely what genealogy research revealed for one man. Which means that many of his relatives will also have the blood of a saint running ...


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