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Third Cousin Once Removed? How do I know?

One of the first questions I get asked, when people find out of my interest in genealogy is “what about all that cousins first removed … Read more

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Top 5 Learning Tools for NEW Genealogists

My journey in genealogy began with the goal of finding as much as I possibly could because I was LOVING everything I found. Then I … Read more

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City Directories: A Great Genealogy Source

City Directories are a great source to assist any genealogist research their family. Because city directories are dated (usually annual), genealogists can find a specific … Read more

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Women Homesteading the West: Stories of our Female Ancestors

Women Homesteading the West: Creating Pictures of Women Ancestors I found Marcia Meredith Hensley’s book Staking Her Claim Women Homesteading The West at a used … Read more

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What Do You Want in Your Obituary?

Our local newspaper now charges for obituaries. Some obituaries are short and to the point, while others take up several columns. It got me thinking … Read more

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The Fotygraft Album

Most recently I sold used books that were donated by the community. I find many books interesting reading, but one caught my eye. It was … Read more

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Newspapers: Our National Treasure

Our first amendment right gives us such treasures in the newspapers: from the past and those of today! Genealogists can enjoy the benefits of hours … Read more

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To Read or Not to Read: Grandma’s Diary

Grandma passed away in December of 2007 at the age of 101( b 1906). Each of us grandchildren felt very close to grandma and despite … Read more

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Family Reunion – Finding Artifacts from the Past

Summer is family reunion time and it was for our ancestors too. What records and artifacts might our ancestors have left for us to find? … Read more

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How to Preserve Old Documents, Photographs and Files?

One of the most asked questions on genealogy blogs and in Facebook genealogy groups is how to preserve old genealogy documents, papers, photographs, and digital files. … Read more

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Packing for the Cemetery: Genealogy Style

I just LOVE visiting cemeteries. My mom would just laugh if she were alive to hear that. Grow-ing up, my mom and aunt would take … Read more

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Finding Your Ancestor’s Cemetery

How can I find where my ancestor is buried? I know information I get from knowing the cemetery or location of burial can possibly offer … Read more