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Redoing My Genealogy Computer Folders

Redoing My Genealogy Computer Folders

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I started collecting genealogy documents on my computer.  I put things in folders labeled Census, Ellis Island, Passports, etc.  It made sense…at the time. Now it’s a decade later.  I’ve got thousands of people who I’ve collected documents for and I can’t see to find anything!  Why isn’t her sheet in the 1910 census folder?  Oh, I put it under Portuguese ancestor research.  Why, of course, it makes so much…

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How Do You Research Someone Who Left No Trail?

How Do You Research Someone Who Left No Trail?

I am working on a research project for a friend because I can’t seem to get my genealogy fix with my own lines 😉  I like working on other people’s trees since it gives me experience in a research area that I wouldn’t otherwise come into contact with. This line has me a bit confounded.  I’m not going to give details as I’m not sure the person wants them public.  However, I thought I’d present my dilemma and see what…

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My Great Great Grandfather had a Brother?

My Great Great Grandfather had a Brother?

I was researching in the new Halstead’s Mortuary database at familysearch.org tonight.  I never pass up a new database for San Francisco since records are few and far between. In an hour, I found exactly one family member. Matthew A. Kelly.  What I found didn’t add anything to what I already had. I decided to search with no specific purpose.  I put in the name John Jones, which I figured would be the dumbest search I’d ever committed to computer…

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Research Journal Year in Review

Research Journal Year in Review

In June of 2008, I decided to take this blog in a new direction.  Instead of only exploring research problems, I opened it up to a much broader scope. Since then I’ve written many posts.  I’ve met up with a wonderful group of genealogy bloggers through the Genea Bloggers group on Facebook.  I participated in the Genea Blogger Games in August.  I also tried my hand at writing for my first Carnival of Genealogy. I enjoy writing for this blog. …

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My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

My Genealogy New Year’s Resolutions

The latest Carnival of Genealogy is on New Year’s Resolutions.  What will be my research goals for the year?  What will be my blogging goals? Research Goals: 1.  I would like to get all the data on the folder on my desk and on my computer input into my database.  I have been working on it slowly for the last 6 months and it would be great to get it all in my database so when I look something up…

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