How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

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 family tree? Were you’re ancestors members of Native American tribes or Native Hawaiians? Were they one of the first Europeans to arrive on America’s shores?…

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SNGF: Genealogy Database Statistics

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 report, but Randy’s article shows that I can get these numbers using File>Properties. This is what I got… RootsMagic Database Properties Statistics It says that…

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The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

The Alameda County Newspaper Record Collection at FamilySearch

FamilySearch.org has a database that many California genealogist might not know about, but will find very useful.  It’s the California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011.  If you relatives lived in Alameda County, California this collection is going to be useful to you. What This Collection Is and Isn’t Let’s clarify what this database is.  There are no actual newspapers in this collection.  You won’t be able to flip through page by page or read whole pages. It is…

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The Vietnam War Wall of Faces Virtual Memorial

The Vietnam War Wall of Faces Virtual Memorial

Was a loved one killed in the Vietnam War?  If so, they may be listed on the online Vietnam War Memorial, The Wall of Faces.  This website is the virtual home of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall and maintained by the Vietnam War Memorial Fund. What Information Will You Find? Each entry in this database gives brief information about the person, where they were from, and their service.  It includes information pertaining to their panel on the Vietnam War Memorial…

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My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

My Obsession with My DNA Match: Exploring a French Genetic Connection

For the most part, my DNA results have been a side note to my regular genealogy research.  I’ve worked out two matches in the two years since testing.  Most of my matches are vague, 4th to distant matches.  So, why did this one DNA match catch my interest? My DNA Match is French I will reveal only a little bit about my match as they have not answered my email and I will respect their privacy. When I saw the…

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