Category Archives for genealogy

A Genealogy Milestone

​Yesterday I reached a milestone in my family history research. I added the 10,000th person to my family tree on Ancestry.com. That number represents ​over twenty years of research time invested in this hobby but, I enjoyed every bit of it and I am not done yet.​This seems like a good time to answer a […]

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Genealogy Detective Work

Researching your family tree requires you to be a bit of a detective. Sometimes the branch you are following is clear and easy to follow. Other times, you ​ gather every clue you can find and still can’t make the breakthrough that answers your genealogical questions. Genealogists call those ​seemingly dead ends “brick walls” and […]

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Added My Genealogy Posts to Winging It

I mentioned in the last post that I would be getting rid of my other web sites. My on;y problem with that is that I think there is some good stuff on those sites and  I hate to just let it go away. As a solution, I am going to import my blog posts from the […]

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Catching Up and Future Plans

Before I retired, I thought retirement would mean I had more time to pursue my own projects. In some ways that is true. I can now spend my time doing what I want to not what a “boss” tells me to. Still, I never have enough time to do everything I want to do.This blog […]

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Highlight Important Areas of Document Images

Here is an easy way to highlight important areas of a document image. Just like using a highlighter pen on a paper document, this method will call attention to the specific information you want to emphasis. I am using the free image editor called GIMP for this example but the process should be very similar […]

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Photographing Tombstones

  Genealogists photograph tombstones to document the birth, death and burial information of their ancestors. This post will give you some tips on how to get the best possible results when taking those important pictures. Locating Cemeteries Your first challenge might well be just getting to the cemetery. Hopefully you have an obituary or burial […]

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Digital Cameras for Genealogy

Digital Cameras Digital cameras are a basic tool for family historians. Those pictures of family members, their homes, tombstones, etc. are critical additions to our data. There are a few uses for digital cameras that might not be as obvious as obvious though. Before I get to uses though, here some features that are important […]

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Find Your Ancestor’s Burial Location Using Find A Grave

Find A Grave is an easy to use online tool for finding the burial places of family, friends, and “famous” people. With over 120 million grave records already online, it is an invaluable resource for genealogists and family historians. Find A Grave memorials often contain much more than just death and burial data. You may […]

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Land Records at the General Land Office

  If one or more of your ancestors lived in, or owned property in, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, or Wyoming, it is possible they received or purchased […]

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Mistaken Linage: A Case Study

It is widely reported that my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Vickers, was baptized 13 June 1788 at Bunbury, Cheshire, England. He was the son of Peter Vickers and Hanna Lowe. In 1812, Peter married Mary Jones and they had daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Harriot. Peter immigrated to the United States sometime before 1840 when he was […]

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