Genetic Genealogy

Genetic Genealogy & the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS)

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Using DNA to find your family heritage has become an everyday topic of conversation. If you haven’t personally sent a saliva sample in the mail, you know someone who has. And you can barely miss a day without seeing a commercial from Ancestry…
Census Substitutions

“Census Substitutes,” by the late Carolyn Barkley

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This article originally appeared on our prior website/blog in March 2010.  It is reprinted here with minor alterations. In January of 2010, Ancestry.com announced to its subscribers the introduction of the “1950 Census Substitute” and…
Saint John's Church 1835

“Parish Vestry Books Mitigate Lost Virginia County Records,” by Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis

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With the transcription and publication of The Albemarle Parish Vestry Book, 1742-1786 [Virginia] the last of the colonial Virginia vestry books is accessible to researchers. Complete with an every-name index for ease in finding persons, this…
Royal Ancestry

Royal Lineage Research, by the late Carolyn Barkley

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I have often viewed royal lineage research with more than a little skepticism. As a newly-elected genealogical society president, I can remember inviting visitors to a society monthly meeting to introduce themselves and tell a bit about the…
Organizing Genealogy Research

Organizing Your Genealogy Project

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If you are beginning to accumulate a fair amount of paper in the early stages of your research, it's probably time to take stock of what you have and how you plan to organize it--even before you enter the information into a computer database--lest…
Genealogy guide to using court records

RESEARCH TIPS FOR USING COURT RECORDS-- FROM 4TH EDITION OF THE RESEARCHER’S GUIDE TO AMERICAN GENEALOGY

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For this issue of “Genealogy Pointers” we are once again highlighting sage advice for genealogists from America’s most respected author/teacher Val Greenwood. Below, we have included excerpts of Mr. Greenwood’s recommendations—indicating…
The best books on genealogy and family history

Will Your Genealogy Pass the Test of Time? by Richard Hite

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Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends, by Richard Hite, is a wonderful collection of cautionary tales for the practicing genealogist. In the following selection from Sustainable Genealogy, Mr. Hite illustrates…
Royal Decedents

The Genealogical and Scholarly Significance of Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts

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The Royal Descents 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States(RD 900), genealogist Gary Boyd Roberts’ magnum opus, identifies an awe-inspiring number of historical figures from Continental Europe, the British…
Genealogy Book Catalogue

FREE! 2018-2019 Genealogical.com Catalogue

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Genealogical.com is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Combined Catalogue! The catalogue is 34 pages long, illustrated, and features indexes to authors and subjects. In all, the catalogue refers to upwards of 400 of our newest and most popular…
Epidemic 1800s

“What Our Ancestors Died of,” by the late Terrence Punch

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Some genealogists collect only ancestors, that is, people from whom they are personally descended. When traced out on a sheet of paper or a spreadsheet you have a pattern resembling an inverted Christmas tree, wide at the top and pointed at…