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Often in my classes I am asked what is the best method of storing pictures on a computer, after they have been scanned or digitally uploaded or downloaded. The questioner typically raises certain issues associated with those pictures. The issues include: A particular person may be called or thought of as John Smith in one […]

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Governor Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia today announced that the historic Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau records, the earliest major compilation of information on the African-American community, have been extracted and indexed, and are now available online to historians and family history researchers. Under the direction of the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia and […]

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I just posted several days ago an article entitled The Wonderful NEHGS. Now they announce this week a summer sale on their Annual Research membership. The New England Historic Genealogical Society has discounted some of its memberships by as much as 20% but you must sign up during the month of July, 2009. During its […]

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In the classes I teach and conversations I hold with those interested in genealogy who have a tie to New England, I often ask if they have looked at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The answer most often is that they have not given it the attention it “probably” deserves. The reasons often […]

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Land Records #1

The following is posted with the permission of Linda Haas Davenport. () Her tutorial on Land Records can be found at: http://www.lhaasdav.com/learningcenter/index.html If you are a family historian who is only interested in names and dates, land records can fill in some of the blanks on your family group sheets. But, if you a family […]

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Foreign Country Web Sites

In my classes on Getting Started in Genealogy I am often confronted by the person who says that they are first – or maybe second – generation Americans and can not locate data on their ancestors in a foreign country. I also have students who have trouble finding data in the British Isles. Here are […]

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Genealogy and Closure

A few weeks ago I came upon some of the personal effects I had kept after clearing out my parents’ and grandparents’ homes. They had been stored for years and, indeed, I had completely forgotten about some of them. These were small things since I was born overseas and most everything had to be left […]

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