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Lately I have gotten several e-mails and a few telephone calls asking how I handle census records and some ancillary questions. Here were my answers. If you have read other blog entries you will know that I assign and file every Source with a sequential number and place them in a legal folder, in sequence. […]

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When teaching my class in genealogy at the local University Continuing Eduction Center, I ask students how they are maintaining their Source files. The answers vary from (1) in 3-ring binders, to (2) in folders by type, that is marriage and death certificates, obituaries and so forth. I then ask the students how do they […]

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I use a MacIntosh for a computer and Reunion for my genealogy software. One the most fascinating and useful features in Reunion is the “Ages” capabilities. This routine prepares a list of  important events in one person’s life. The events are birth and death dates of siblings, parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren. Calculations include the […]

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In an earlier writing entitled “What Becomes A Book” on 14 May 2010 I suggested that after you have created several (as you define) chapters using the PDF format, you should combine the chapters into a book using (1) the expensive Acrobat Pro, or (2) borrowing a copy at Kinkos or a friend’s. But once […]

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If you are reading this, you almost certainly have an interest in, or are seriously active with, researching your family history. That is, you are a genealogist or considering to become one. So, just think. If all of your ancestors had written their autobiographies and added bits of related history from their time as well […]

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Ancestry.com has purchased over time many of the databases associated with genealogy, providing much help to our community. Those new to the hobby often build a database within Ancestry and either leave it there forever or constantly download Gedcoms to use in their software on their PC. If you leave it there, I would question […]

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It may be of help to some to list the technology I use. However, do not conclude that to become a Genealogist one must have all of these items. You don’t even need a computer, but could go to your local library for the Internet. You could use the local Kinkos for a printer when […]

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