Genealogy Pin-ups: BMD

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Besides census records, a genealogist’s bread and butter will be Birth, Marriage, and Death records (commonly referred to as the BMD). Created at the time of the event or shortly after by people involved in that event, these records have the potential of containing women’s maiden names, parent’s names, residence locations, and more beyond the […]

Genetic Testing for Genealogy Uses

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You can’t throw a stone without hitting a genealogist who is using DNA testing to further their research (trust me, I’ve tried). When it comes to testing ourselves, it’s easy to take the plunge blindly. For every person I talk to that took the tests and uses them effectively, there are ten that have no […]

Just NO!

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My Name is “No” The nice weather is finally showing up in force nationwide. It’s time for bleary-eyed genealogists to head out into the world and hunt for ancestors in the wild. This means traipsing in fields and graveyards to find the physical evidence of those who have gone before. With the fresh air and […]

Where are you going? Part 2

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Last time we spoke, I talked of having a goal for where your research was going. It’s important to know what you’ll consider an “end point” for any one relative, branch, or tree in general. But what about our biggest “end point”? What happens to your research when you’re gone? The relative theory Do you […]

Where’s It All Going? Part 1

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Why do you research family history? Is there a specific relative you’re trying to learn more about? Are you researching a specific family line? Are you going backwards as far as you can go? Or are you going from one ancestor forward to all living descendants? Basically, what are you researching? Often heard in genealogy […]

Beginning Military Research

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If you’ve never considered the military aspect of genealogy research, you may not know why it can be important to you or your family. The deeper your roots in American history, the more likely you will run into ancestors who served or were at least eligible to serve and were required to inform the government […]