Genealogy Friday: Organizing Digital Files

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If you’ve been doing genealogy for any length of time you probably have a lot of digital files.  So how do you organize these files? Create folders—create folders for your family history. Have a main folder that is easily assessable … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Why Family Reunions Are Dying Out

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Recently, I had someone ask when we were going to have the next family reunion.  I honestly answered “I don’t know.” With over 500+ descendants living, we are lucky to have the same faithful group of about thirty to attend … Continued

Genealogy Friday: How to Have a Fabulous Family Reunion

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With the summer here, many families are planning family reunions.  So how can you have a fabulous family reunion? Plan a theme the family will enjoy Have activities for the children Keep the costs affordable for everyone Tell Stories and … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Genealogy is Obsessive

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When most people begin researching their family history, it is because there is some interest in their heritage and roots. However, most people do not begin how time consuming researching can be.  Although, there are wonderful websites such as Ancestry.com … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Chasing Rabbit Trails

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In genealogy it is very easy to go chasing rabbit trails. So what does this mean? For example, last weekend I went to the library looking for obituaries on a specific family to further my research. However, reading one of … Continued

Genealogy Friday: You Never Know Whom You Will Meet

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When researching family history you never know whom you will meet, or where you will meet them. Recently I was in the library scanning through various reels of newspaper microfilm.  I looked over at the screen of the woman researching … Continued

Genealogy Friday: The Dash Matters

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In genealogy we often see dates written as 1865-1932 or May 5, 1865-June 3, 1932. As genealogists we often focus on the two dates that are provided, the birth and death date {or year} for our ancestor. However, what about … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Military Records at the National Archives

  The National Archives have numerous records regarding the history of the United States. They have the originals of various service and military records from the Revolutionary War through to the Vietnam Conflict.  However, all of these records are not … Continued

Genealogy Friday: How to Use Fold 3 in Genealogy

Fold 3 is an online website that provides digital copies of military records. The difference with Ancestry.com is that Ancestry, usually has just the regiment and dates of service.  Fold 3 has the actual records that have been scanned from … Continued

Genealogy Friday: Searching Military Records After 1922

Military records after 1922 are more difficult to access than earlier military records. WWII had Draft cards, much like WWI had.  Both sets of draft cards are available on Ancestry.com. Records for military service is held at the National Archives. … Continued