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The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

My mom used to tell me that sharing was good especially when my siblings and I were fighting over over a toy. Not only is sharing good for siblings, it’s good for genealogists. Case in point, I’ve confirmed the relationship of a man on a “Fiche de Emigrante” card all because I posted a link… Continue reading The Case for Sharing Your Genealogy Work: Proving Manuel Melo Castanho is Related

About My Ancestors · Church Records · French Roots

Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

After several weeks of research, I have been able to find the parents of my previously known ancestors in Lasseube, France into the early 1700s…except one pair.  I was having a heck of a time finding the parents of Jean Caset dit Castera.  It annoyed the heck out of me.  Why couldn’t I find them? … Continue reading Finding the Castera Family of Lasseube, France

About My Ancestors · Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

SNGF: My Female Ancestors and Their Age at Death

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Challenge from Randy’s GeneaMusings website is to calculate the age at death of five generations of female ancestors.  I’ll be using RootsMagic to help me with this task. Mother: Still Going Strong Grandmothers Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger (1912-2006) – 93 yrs Anna (Mazeres) Lassalle (1897-1984) – 86 yrs Great Grandmothers Margaret… Continue reading SNGF: My Female Ancestors and Their Age at Death

About My Ancestors · Immigration Research

How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

I sometimes wonder if my ancestor’s experience was the same as other people’s.  I’ve written before about how my family tree is made up of new immigrants.  There are no pilgrims, Puritans, or Revolutionary War heroes in my tree–so far. My first immigrant ancestor didn’t arrive on the scene until the 1840s. What about your… Continue reading How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

About My Ancestors · Genealogy Software · Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

SNGF: Genealogy Database Statistics

Randy has his weekly challenge at GeneaMusings.com ready for us.  This week his challenge asks us to find our genealogy statistical reports.  Then, find the answer to how many people, places, sources, etc., are in the database? I use RootsMagic 7 to maintain my family tree database.  Normally, I would head over to the statistical… Continue reading SNGF: Genealogy Database Statistics