Genealogy

  • Don’t Snooze – Back Up Your Computer Family Data

    Dec 12

    Hopefully you have a separate file on your personal computer with the notes, charts, photos, census information and data you have amassed on your ancestors. You could well have it organized into one of the many family history computer software programs; such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy, The Master Genealogist, RootsMagic, Reunion 9 and Family Hist...

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  • Don’t Overlook Variations in Surname Spellings

    Dec 11

    Many vital records including birth, marriage, census, military and death have countless errors. Especially true when it comes to a person's given name and surname. The clerk filling out the birth record, marriage license, deed, etc. may have had only an 8th grade education. The clerk may not have understood the individual when information was pr...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Harry Potter Stars Came From Neighboring Villages

    Nov 7

    Sometimes, the world seems like a very small place. According to Dr. Nick Barratt, who is involved in the television series called “Who Do You Think You Are?”, two of the stars of the Harry Potter series of movies had ancestors who lived in neighboring villages. Now, around 200 years later, their descendants are movie stars. News about the ance...

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  • Photos of my Grandfather

    Nov 5

    Earlier this week, my uncle sent me a very interesting email through Facebook. He said that he has been connecting with some long lost family members, (whom I never new existed). One of these newly found family members put some really old family photos onto his Facebook page. My uncle said that some of the photos were of his father, who was my gran...

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  • Gene Variant May Protect Against Alcoholism

    Nov 2

    Alcoholism is a complex disease. It appears to run in families, yet it doesn't cause every member of a particular family to become an alcoholic. Not much is understood about exactly why a person decides to start drinking, or what factors cause that person to continue to drink despite negative repercussions. Ultimately, the result of having a drink ...

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  • Your Great Grandparents Were People, Too

    Nov 2

    It can be easy to give in to the impulse to idealize your ancestors. Everyone wants to think that their grandparents, great grandparents, or great great grandparents were perfectly sweet and decent people. This is especially true when you see a photo of your great grandmother doing something like working in her flower garden, or a photo of your gre...

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  • Studies Show Link Between Depression And Genetic Pathway

    Nov 2

    Depression is a mental health issue that tends to run in families. Around 7% of the population of the United States of America will be affected by depression in one year. While the percentage number may not sound very big, it doesn't reflect how debilitating it can be if you are the person who is experiencing depression. It also doesn't describe h...

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  • Newspaper Article Connects Long Lost Family

    Nov 2

    It started with a newspaper article. Christina Bellars-Strait, who lives in America, read an online news article about a man named Malcolm Carter, who lives in the UK. The article was on the Cambs Times website, and it told the story of a last minute salvage of Malcolm Carter's business. The article involved Malcolm Carter as well as his grandson, ...

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