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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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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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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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Types of Genealogical Evidence

Genealogists label source records and information as primary or secondary, direct or indirect, original or derivative. Recognizing the different types of evidence is an important part of evaluating the reliability of the data contained in the  sources you choose to cite. Direct vs. Indirect Evidence Direct evidence is information that explicitly provides the information without […]

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Genealogical Proof Standard

Proof of our findings is fundamental to great genealogy. Conclusions about an ancestor must have sufficient credibility to be accepted as proven. To help genealogists recognize and apply good research standards, The Board for Certification of Genealogists has encouraged the use of the Genealogical Proof Standard. While the standard might have been developed for professional […]

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