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My Best Genealogy Advice? Keep Searching!

My Best Genealogy Advice? Keep Searching!

I know that it is easy to get discouraged when researching your family tree.  Sometimes it seems you search and search and get nowhere.  Databases don’t include your ancestors.  When they do, they don’t reveal the one bit of information you were hoping for. But, my best advice to those who are frustrated is to keep searching. Don’t Give Up Researching Your Family Tree! You might say “But, I’m already beating my head up against the wall.  Why would I…

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SNGF: Lifespans of My 2nd Great Grandparents

SNGF: Lifespans of My 2nd Great Grandparents

Randy has supplied us with another intriguing Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge.  This challenge involves looking at how old my 2nd great grandparents lived to be.  I enjoy these types of challenges as they give me a different way of looking at my genealogy. I cheated and let  RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Genealogy Software do the work for me.  I created an ahnentafel report, then copy and pasted the 5th generation…my 2nd great grandparents. Generation 5 16. Jean LASSALLE- born 10…

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New Look for the Genealogy Research Journal

New Look for the Genealogy Research Journal

I’m trying out a new WordPress theme on this blog. I hope it will resolve some issues I was having on my end. I also hope it will improve things for visitors, too. As with all changes, there might be some kinks to iron out. If you experience any problems such as pages that don’t load or links that don’t open, let me know. If the pages don’t load correctly, I want to know! I’ve tested the new layout on…

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Your Ancestors Can’t be in Two Places at the Same Time

Your Ancestors Can’t be in Two Places at the Same Time

Geography is important in genealogy.  Knowing where your ancestors lived at any given times provides context to your family tree.  But, people cannot be in two places at the same time. How is this possible?  Online family trees, of course.  Through the power of creating one’s own narrative, my relatives manage to be in California and Massachusetts,  California and Rhode Island, and Hawaii and Mexico all at the same time.  I don’t mean for vacation.  People who have connected to…

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Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

Relationship Notes on Photographs Can Be Deceiving

A cousin shared some of her unknown photographs with me.  One was taken around 1915-1920 and was labeled “My nephew Freddy with his first pair of short pants”.   We almost missed identifying little Freddy because the real relationship with the person who owned the photograph was different than the note implied. In order to solve this mystery we made a list of the possible relatives it could refer to.  It originally belonged to one of the Bonita cousins.  It was…

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