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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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Geneabloggers.com is a most interesting site and one with value. It introduces genealogists to the many blogs which exist to help new and experienced  genealogists with fresh thoughts, techniques and approaches. The site is run by Thomas MacEntee. A co-author is Gini Webb, an experienced genealogy researcher with one very particular attribute – she was […]

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Several times in this blog I have discussed the need to have and display proof of your research data. ‘To have’ means you have that proof. ‘To display’ it means others can evaluate those proofs and take comfort in the accuracy of your work. The Proof Standard is: •    Conduct reasonably exhaustive search •    Collect […]

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