Research Procedures for Genealogists

Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, contains innumerable lessons and guidelines leading to successful genealogy results. Chapter 14, written by Harold Henderson covers “Research Procedures.”  Mr. Henderson divides his discussion into three sections (before, during, and after research) that describe the steps we should take when implementing a research plan.[…]Read more

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Irish Newspapers Online from Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. 5th Edition, by John Grenham

The all-new 5th edition of the definitive textbook for Irish roots, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, by John Grenham, is now available from Genealogical.com.  Over the next few weeks and months we will be calling attention to important features of this remarkable book, starting with the one below. The most important development in Irish genealogy since[…]Read more

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Finding Your World War I Ancestor

Suppose family legend has it that your great-grandfather served in the Polish army during World War I. If his service records have survived, you assume you will be able to find them without any trouble. In reality, however, it is not quite that simple. Between October 1914 and September 1917, for example, some Polish combatants[…]Read more

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Major Irish Genealogy Sites Online from Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. 5th Edition, by John Grenham

As we have noted previously, the most important development in Irish genealogy since Mr. John Grenham published the fourth edition of his textbook  has been the enormous strides in posting Irish family content on the Internet. This fact has guided the author in his preparation of the brand new 5th edition of Tracing Your Irish[…]Read more

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The Ancestry of the New British Royal Baby Explained in RD 900 – By Gary Boyd Roberts

Perhaps surprisingly to many readers, the new royal child—Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor–is descended from six of the 970 immigrants to the U.S. treated in Gary Roberts’ two-volume Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants (RD 900). The five the royal baby inherits from the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother or from the late Diana Princess of[…]Read more

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Royal Descents

How RD 900 Differs from other Recent Scholarship on Royal Descents for Americans

By Gary Roberts RD 900 differs fundamentally from the series of volumes by David Faris and Douglas Richardson (1996-1999, 2004-2013), Plantagenet Ancestry, Magna Charta Ancestry and Royal Ancestry. Faris-Richardson cover in lavish detail all (or certainly most) Plantagenet or Magna Carta descendants, a few more than 250 17th– (and a very few 18th) – century[…]Read more

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Progen PPS explains options for family history writing

Another valuable chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, illustrates the different ways in which genealogists have structured their published work over the years. Chapter 22, “Crafting Family Histories,” which was written by Michael Leclerc, itemizes seven different formats for family history writing that have appeared over many decades.[…]Read more

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Val D. Greenwood on Land Records

The last few issues of “Genealogy Pointers” have addressed land records in one way or another.  Before moving on to other topics, we would be remiss if we failed to share the expert advice concerning deeds and other land records that is available in the 4th edition of The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, by[…]Read more

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