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“Research Procedures: Preparing for Research,” by Harold Henderson

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“Where do I start?” is a question often asked by inexperienced and more experienced genealogists alike. The problem is that starting off on the wrong foot can often result in time wasted or require re-visiting sources already consulted. “Research…
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“Reasoning from Evidence,” by Thomas W. Jones, PH.D., CG, CGL, FASG

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“Genealogy Pointers” continues with its practice of excerpting sections from Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice & Standards (Progen PPS), edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Today we have lifted the beginning pages of Chapter…
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Family Bibles as an Underutilized Genealogical Resource -- By Michael Hait

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(The following article originally appeared in the [Washington] Examiner.com on July 4, 2010.) Family Bibles hold a unique position among genealogical record groups. They are not official records created for use outside of the family. This…
A NEWSPAPER NOTICE OF A CHANCERY CASE HELPS RECONSTRUCT A FAMILY

A Newspaper Notice of a Chancery Case Helps Reconstruct a Family

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By Robert W. Barnes, F. M.G. S. One of the great things about the newspaper subscription site www.genealogybank.com is that it contains clues to your ancestors that might never occur to you. While you would expect or at least hope to find…
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RESEARCH TIPS FOR USING COURT RECORDS

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Research Tips for Using Court Records -- From 4th Edition of: The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy For this issue of “Genealogy Pointers” we are highlighting some good advice on how to utilize court records,  from Val Greenwood.…
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Still More Valuable Genealogy Tips from The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edn.

We are continuing to share some of Val  Greenwood’s time-tested advice from the new 4th edition of his Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Following are Mr. Greenwood’s suggestions concerning the  uses and importance of land…
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History for Genealogists—More than Timelines

As the subtitle--Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors-- to the 2016 expanded and revised edition of Judy Jacobson’s best-selling book, History for Genealogists indicates, this sought after book contains scores…
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More Valuable Tips from The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. 4th Edn.

We are continuing to share some of Val  Greenwood’s time-tested advice from the new 4th edition of his Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy. Following are Greenwood’s suggestions concerning the nature of genealogical sources. “We…
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Missing Ancestors? Check the Feeder States!

Here’s a familiar genealogical conundrum: A researcher has traced his/her ancestors from present-day California back to the Dust Bowl-era in Nebraska, into Missouri just as it was achieving statehood, and finally to Indiana in the 1830s. At…
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Cemetery Symbolism (And Their Meanings)

Cemeteries can be an incredibly rich source of information for your family history research, and just one of the places where you can collect your dead relatives. Whether you are there for research or just to visit, cemeteries can also…