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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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The Amazing Dr. Morse and the Social Security Death Index

The Social Security Death Index is one of the easiest to access sources of basic vital statistics for the millions of people whose deaths have been reported to the U.S. Social Security Administration. Birth years for the people listed range from about 1875 to last year. The SSDI itself is just an index but the […]

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My Genealogy is Wrong!

  My genealogy is wrong and, if you have more than a couple generations listed in yours, I bet your genealogy is wrong too. My family tree has errors in it, I just don’t know which specific facts are wrong. I know I have errors because every genealogy with more than a few people and […]

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Free Genealogy Courses Online

Would you like to take a genealogy course at a major university but can’t afford the time or money to actually go there? Here is a quick tip for you. Brigham Young University offers family history classes for free. Go to http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/free.cfm for a complete list of the free courses offered at BYU. The genealogy […]

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Decoding Ahnentafels Using Binary Numbers

In the last post, about reading ahnentafels, I showed how to determine relationships by repeatedly dividing by two. Since 2 is the basis of the binary numbering system, we can use binary numbers to simplify the relationship calculation. It offers more flexibility than just repeated dividing. Here is the same partial ahnentafel that was used […]

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Reading Ahnentafels

An ahnentafel (German for “ancestor table”) is a compact way to display a persons direct line ancestor within a plain text format. Since there is no need for charts for software code, it is a helpful way to share ancestry information in emails or in a forum. With the ability to add attachments to emails, […]

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Determine the Relationship Between Two Family Members

Your familiar with the titles father, mother, brother, sister, grand father and grand mother but, do you know what “third cousin twice removed” means? When doing family history, it can be helpful to know the proper terms to describe relationships. Here are some definitions that can help you sort out all the people in your […]

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Recording Approximate Dates in Genealogy Databases

All genealogies contain some dates that are less than exact. When you enter those dates, you should always use a qualifier to make it clear to readers that the date isn’t precise. Which qualifier should you use? Typically, family history researchers use about (or circa), say, before and after depending on how the estimated date […]

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Two Keys to Great Genealogy

 The easiest way to keep your family tree research on track is to follow these two key fundamentals of genealogy research. Key1: Always work from the known to the unknownKey 2: Always document your sourcesKeep these two principles in mind and your genealogy will be more accurate and better organized.Pick a single subject as the focus […]

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Cluster Genealogy Can Help Grow Your Family Tree

Here is a quick tip to help you get past those brick walls we all encounter. When you reach the point in your research where you are unable to trace an individual’s ancestry any further, try researching that persons siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. It’s obvious that your 8th great-grandfathers parents are also the parents […]

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