Investigation

The Nature of Genealogical Evidence

Anyone who has watched Perry Mason, or CSI, knows that criminals are convicted on the basis of the evidence against them. Likewise, your ancestral investigations will be judged on the basis of the validity of evidence you provide to justify the genealogical links you have made to determine your ancestry. To understand how firm a […]

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GenLaw Study Group: An Amazing Opportunity

Are you looking to up your genealogical game but are having trouble finding the money to attend a distant institute, conference, or seminar? Here is an opportunity to study a topic only “real” genealogists know well and it won’t cost you a dime. DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Community over at Google + is hosting an eight week […]

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Book Review: Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

Book Review: Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com By Nancy Hendrickson Nancy Hendrickson has written several books on various genealogy topics. She is well-qualified to write this book on Ancestry.com, the world’s top genealogy website. Hendrickson’s guide is researched and organized. She has analyzed the site’s design and segmented it into different parts. She then explains each […]

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Top Ten Genealogy News Stories from 2014

Listed here are the top ten genealogical news stories from 2014 as I see them. Number 10: My Heritage CEO Helps Return Lost Art In spite of what the movies like Monuments Men would have you believe, only a small portion of the art works looted from their Jewish owners during WWII were ever returned to […]

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Using the Common Sources Checklist for Genealogy Research

To start the New Year, I’ve created a list of common documents genealogists may use as evidence to answer their questions about their various family members. The forms are printable. You may print a copy for each person you are searching for or you may have the checklist laminated and use a dry erase marker […]

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The Annual FGS Conference Offers a Great Research Opportunity for Attendees

The Annual FGS Conference Offers a Great Research Opportunity for Attendees

One of the great aspects of attending the FGS/RootsTech conference in February is an opportunity to visit the Family History Library (FHL). It is located near the convention center. If you have not visited the FHL previously, you are in for a treat. It is the largest genealogical library in the world. It is filled […]

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Connect, Explore, Refresh at the Combined FGS/RootsTech Conference

Everybody who is anybody (in genealogy, at least) will be in Salt Lake City between February 11th and 14th for the combined FGS and RootsTech conferences. If you’ve never attended a national-level genealogy conference, or even if you are veteran conference attendee, you won’t want to miss this “granddaddy of them all” conference in 2015. […]

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Verifying a Family Story

Here is the question posted by Thomas MacEntee on the @geneabloggers Twitter page: Did your genealogy research ever prove or disprove a family story? Thomas was promoting a book by Cari A. Taplin, Researching the Family Legend. Here is the link. I did have a story about that, but it is hard to tell in […]

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Alferd Packer: Littleton’s Cannibal

This post is the second in an ongoing series profiling historical figures with ties to Littleton, CO. In 1873, a group of about twenty men in Utah heard rumors of a gold discovery near Breckenridge, Colorado. It was November, but they were anxious to find the site and stake a claim. They hired a frontiersman […]

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Alex Haley: Friend or Foe to the Genealogical Community

Alex Haley: Friend or Foe to the Genealogical Community

Last week, Thomas MacEntee wished “Happy Birthday” to Alex Haley. Had he lived, Haley would have been 93 years old on August 11th. This small gesture of respect was met with storm of criticism. It appears Haley has some critics. The criticism is not completely unfounded. The book, Roots, first published in 1976 and the […]

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