Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Oh, the Places They were Born: Ancestral Places Geneameme

Alona Tester at the LoneTest HQ website has created this wonderful genealogy meme.  Try to fill in as many places where your ancestors were from in an alphabetical list. I confess that I might be at a slight advantage with this challenge.  Some lines span well beyond the 1600s.  My genealogy covers six countries and a kingdom that became a state. I focused on birth places for this list. My Ancestral Homes List 2>And, away we go! A Achada, Nordeste,…

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How to Find DNA Cousins on GEDMatch with GEDCOM Search

How to Find DNA Cousins on GEDMatch with GEDCOM Search

Did you know that many cousins don’t share enough measurable DNA to get caught in DNA application filters? By using the GEDCOM search at GEDMatch.com you can find people who have your relatives in their family tree even if you only share small amounts of DNA. Some Cousins Don’t Share Much DNA DNA sharing takes certain patterns. You will share a healthy amount of DNA with your immediate family members and your first, and second cousins. Odds are that you…

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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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Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Frederick Joseph Meincke: From First Family Graduate to the California State Assembly

Do you know who the first graduate in your family tree is?  I got to thinking about this.  I know that my mom was the first person in my direct line to graduate from high school.  Who was the first person in my extended family to do so? Frederick J. Meincke Jr., San Francisco Native The first graduate that I could find was my great grandmother’s cousin, Frederick J. Meincke Jr.  Frederick was a graduate of Heald’s Business School (San…

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That’s Old News: Every House Shall Have a Microfiche Reader

That’s Old News: Every House Shall Have a Microfiche Reader

When going through old newspapers I sometimes read the other articles on the page.  Yeah, I’m that easily distracted. I was looking at the obituaries in a Daily Review newspaper from 1971 when this headline caught my eye… Microfiche was Going to Change Our Lives Remember the good old days when every household had a microfiche reader?  Me neither!  But, that’s one of the modern advancements this writer thought we would all experience back in 1971. No more need for…

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