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Knowing by Metes and Bounds

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Land records can be a great place to find evidence of relationships between people but I am going to write about a part of land records that normally makes the eyes glaze over. In many places, such as the eastern U.S., land holdings were not specified by the convenient lines derived from latitude and longitude […]

Quantum Genealogy

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I just ran across an article in an old newsletter that I found among my aunt’s papers. The title was Quantum Genealogy and as a former research physicist, it caught, or perhaps even grabbed, my eye. The article mostly discussed the author’s research experiences without so many references to the quantum world, so in my […]

Migration Routes for City Dwellers

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Being a “modern person” means many things. One of them seems to be being as independent as possible of the forces of nature. That is nothing new, after all you could say that putting a roof above your head is a separation from nature and people have been doing that for a very long time. […]

Independence Data

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Independence is an important topic this time of year. Though inspired by that 4th of July kind of independence that is not what I’m thinking about. Instead, I’m thinking about data independence.  As we gather our evidence, one question that always needs to be asked is, “is this data independent of the data already collected?” […]