Writing Family History

Progen PPS explains options for family history writing

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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,…
World War I american soldiers

Finding Your World War I Ancestor

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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…
Understanding Land Records Genealogy

Val D. Greenwood on Land Records

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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…
Genealogy Land Records

“Land Records—More than Mere Conveyances of Real Estate,” by Robert Barnes

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Researchers who take the time to go beyond an index to land records may find many items of interest in a particular volume that may have not been indexed by the clerks of the county court.  For example, some indices may omit some references,…
teaching family history to children

New Study Concludes that Teaching Family History to Children Builds Personal Resilience

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According to a survey of young people conducted by psychologists at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia,  “children who know more about their families and family history are more resilient and tend to do better when facing challenges…
Proof Arguments & Case Studies Genealogy

Proof Arguments & Case Studies

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We couldn’t have been prouder! It seemed like everybody who visited our booth at the RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, was talking about Professional Genealogy. Preparation, Practice & Standards, edited by Elizabeth Shown…
Great Depression

What Your Relatives Can Tell You about the Great Depression & WWII

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As Emily Anne Croom writes in her book, Unpuzzling Your Past. The Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy, “Collecting family history also means trying to fit the family into the history of the community, county, state, and nation. You can…
Genealogy Guide Books

"Fair Use" Explained in Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts

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When you find information in a book, article, or online source and you want to quote or paraphrase it in your genealogy, when must you cite the source? If you quote the information and cite the source, can you use as much of the information…
Research Family History in USA

New York State Census Substitutes & Selected Name Lists

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Bill Dollarhide’s New York State Censuses & Substitutes belongs on the reference shelf of every individual and institution concerned about the Empire State. Why? Three reasons: (1) Census records and name lists for New York are found…
Battle of Lexington

“Who Fired the First Shot,” by Jack Darrell Crowder

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The American Revolution commenced with the faceoff  between British regulars and the Patriot militia that occurred on April 18, 1775. To this day, no one can say with certainty who fired the first shot in that momentous engagement. Readers…