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Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid When Working on Your Family Tree

Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid When Working on Your Family Tree

I work with people with different degrees of genealogy research experience. They seem to think I have some special talent for genealogy.  I’m going to let you in on something. I sucked at genealogy the first couple of years I was researching. I made a ton of mistakes that made my new hobby very frustrating. Almost everyone has difficulties when they start out.  Everyone makes mistakes. It was frustrating when I couldn’t find records or the data I found didn’t…

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Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

There are many ancestors I’d like to invite to dinner if I had the chance.  My great grandmother, Margaret (Jones) Jackson used to dance on tables when she was a little tipsy.  That’d be entertaining.  My great great aunt, Marie (Pacheco) Cosma, must have been an awesome person since everyone including my mom called her Grandma Cosma.  But, I’d be crazy if I didn’t go with my perpetual mystery man, Harry Kenneth Jackson.  Hansel and Gretel left a better trail…

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Our Most Popular Blogs Posts of 2017

Our Most Popular Blogs Posts of 2017

Another year has come and gone.  It’s time to look at the Genealogy Research Journal to see what blog posts our readers enjoyed.  These are our most popular blog posts of 2017. The blog post with the most visitors and Facebook likes was… Caucasian But Not White 3,843 views and 2.6 thousand Facebook likes! Did you know that because of their darker complexion, Azoreans and Madeirans were classified as caucasian but not white in Hawaii for almost a century?  The…

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My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

I don’t normally make New Year’s resolutions.  But, Randy Seaver posted a challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and I thought I’d play along.  I have been thinking about some of my genealogy goals for 2018.  This is a good time to get them down in writing. Figure Out My DNA Connections to Mary Jane (Hayward) Jones This summer I was contacted by one of my DNA connections.  She is related to me on my Jones line. We haven’t figured…

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Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

Blog Caroling: Mele Kalikimaka

It’s another round of the wondering Blog Caroling hosted by Footnote Maven (aka Linda Rae Palmer).  I was trying to find something traditionally Hawaiian and didn’t have much luck.  I settled on a beautiful Hawaiian version of Mele Kalikimaka. The History of the Song, Mele Kalikimaka The song originated in 1949 and was written by Robert Alex Anderson.  One of the earliest recordings, according to Wikipedia was by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters (1950) Robert Alex Anderson was born…

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