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Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Social Security Application Database at Ancestry is a Boon For Finding Female Ancestors

Researching female relatives is challenging.  Often, they are listed as a first name or worse “Mrs. So and So”.  If you are looking for records to help with your more current female relatives, look no further.  The  Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 is online at Ancestry.com and it’s a winner! An Important Genealogy Database for Female Ancestry It didn’t take long for me to realize the importance of this database.  If you aren’t familiar with the Social Security…

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Net Neutrality Day: Fight for the Open Internet

Net Neutrality Day: Fight for the Open Internet

Today websites across the internet are participating in Net Neutrality Day to send the FCC a message loud and clear:  Keep your hands off the internet. Net Neutrality is important for website owners and visitors alike.  As website owners, we already pay for our domain names and web hosting (some incur more costs in servers, bandwidth, services, etc.).  If the FCC throws out the net neutrality rules, website owners would also have to pay internet providers for the privilege to…

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What a Week for Genealogy!

What a Week for Genealogy!

Okay, so I didn’t blog at all.  Excuse me if I was a bit distracted.  I have good reason.  Three new cousins found me this week and I’ve been awash in new details, photographs, and research. One of my reason I blog is about my ancestors is to share my research experience.  But equally important is the fact that it works as thinly disguised cousin bait.  And, this week I hit the mother lode.  I made new connections on my…

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FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event is Here

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event is Here

Every year FamilySearch.org holds a worldwide indexing event.  The object is to get as many volunteers as possible transcribing as many genealogy records.  We all win as projects are completed.  People can do as little or as much as they like. I participated last year.  I transcribed California naturalization records.  I enjoyed helping out, this year I’m doing it again.  If you’ve never participated, all you need to do is download the indexing software.  After than, do a couple of…

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10 Tips for a Successful, Pain Free GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree

10 Tips for a Successful, Pain Free GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree

Are you ready to upload your family tree GEDCOM file to WikiTree?  I’ve done several uploads and learned a few things along the way. These ten tips will help you successfully upload your file without some of the hassles I experienced. My Ten Tips for a Successful GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree Create a GEDCOM file and upload it to a new database in your genealogy software.  Use this as a test tree to see what problems or discrepancies need to…

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