A major objective one should set for performing family history is to provide a legacy for descendants.Generally this should mean creating a book. In my case I have written several books (see elsewhere in this blog) and the total pages have been about 3,000. That probably seems like a great deal of writing, 3,000 pages. […]
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If only I had started into Genealogy before I was 18 …. or better, if my parents had done so for me. Let me explain with three examples. First, I was particularly close to and admired my father. Fortunately I asked for and he did write his autobiography. Several years after he died I visited […]
I belong to a group of users of my genealogical software which is managed by the company which produced and owns the software – Leister Productions, Inc. The software is Reunion. They call this on-line group endeavor a Forum. In the Forum users pose questions by e-mail and answers are supplied sometimes by other users […]
Upon the decision to start collecting family data from Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Siblings and Grandchildren, there follows suggestions on how to perform this function. First, obtain sufficient copies of the Family Group Sheet (FGS). Second, prepare an E-mail and a letter for those without e-mail to transmit your request to all relatives. Third, word the […]
Research into one’s family history or genealogy is first of all fun and adventuresome. But it is also hard work. Let me discuss how the hard work can be made much easier than one might imagine. Do you remember how Tom Sawyer got his fence painted much faster than his Aunt Polly thought he could? […]
I found an article in the recent winter 2010 Volume 11 issue of the American Ancestors (which until recently was called New England Ancestors). The magazine is published quarterly by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). The article was by James R. Miller and entitled Philatelic Genealogy Update. The article was a followup […]
This is a rant, but I assure you not a political rant. It is a rant on wasted effort and money. All genealogists rely heavily on Census records. The Census is federally mandated every ten years. Its data may not be released to the public for 70 years after that. Thus, the 1940 Census should […]