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Paranoid ...

S everal years ago, in one of those freak accidents that your friend the computer guy has nightmares about, my hard drive went completely belly-up with no warning whatsoever.  One moment, it was humming along like it should; the next,

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Missing Years

D espite my best efforts to approach my genealogical research in an organized and efficient manner, there are files I still haven't sorted through. Many of these contain tangential information that doesn't really move my research forward as much as

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Genealogy Excuse #9

M ost of the time, when people tell me they haven't studied their family history, they offer some kind of excuse (I don't know why - I'm not judging anybody). One that I get fairly frequently, but still surprises me

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What's In A Name?

M y local Family History Center will be reopening soon, after an extensive remodel of the building which houses it. Although I find that I spend more time there working on other people's genealogy than my own, I'm looking forward

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Heritage

C urrently, if you were inclined, there are several opportunities to watch individuals (celebrities and non-celebs alike) discover their heritage on television. They always walk away with a new sense of who they are - most of the time, they walk

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1940 Census

T he 1940 Census images have been available for more than a month. The indexing of those records is well underway, but we still have a long way to go. Just out of curiosity, I tried to locate my four

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Filling In The Blanks

O ne of the seeds of my genealogical research is a set of photocopied Family Group Sheets carefully prepared by my uncle and aunt in the 1980s. They spent more than a decade visiting archives, cemeteries, courthouses, and family members. As

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Cousins

S omeone asked me one of my favorite genealogy questions yesterday: "What is a second cousin?" I know, as far as brain teasers go, it's pretty bland stuff, and odds are good a simple web search would turn up a

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Shiny Fruit

F or years, I believed that I was related to some pretty famous outlaws. There were stories about them hiding in my great-great-grandparents' barn and burying Union gold on the farm. Kids like that kind of stuff.

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I Don't Like Traditional Pedigree Charts (much)

I n certain circles, my comment above would be looked upon as heresy - so, I should probably clarify that I'm not disputing their usefulness, or their importance. Pedigree charts have been the backbone of genealogy research for a very

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