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All the Angles

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

So you’ve found some new genealogical evidence. Time to put it into your database and start the next hunt. Or is it? What if someone handed you a new and strange physical object and said, “Here. This is for you. I think you’ll need it.” You probably wouldn’t just make a note “Received interesting object” […]

A Ripple that Spread on this Side of the Pond

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

I just ran across a year-old copy of American Heritage magazine. It is a history magazine not a genealogy magazine but history and genealogy continuously impact each other. What has happened affected and was affected by the relationships between the people to whom it happened. In this particular issue (winter 2010) there are thirty-five articles […]

Libraries and the Pajamas-Centered Genealogist

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Two events of the past week make me feel that the Fates have decided that this week’s post will be about libraries. I’m a self-confessed library junkie. My local library, only blocks away, shut down months ago for renovations and the building of an addition. In the meantime, there was a “Temporary Library Center” in […]

The Sagan Doctrine

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

I ran across a quote recently that got me thinking about the extraordinary. In an episode of Cosmos Carl Sagan said, Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It is a catchy phrase. I think it is fairly clear what that little statement is trying to get across, though it perhaps isn’t so precise. What is missing […]

Painting the Past Read

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Work I’ve been doing for some clients recently has got me thinking about a way that I sometimes do research when connections are hard to make. I think of this method as “painting ancestors.” I don’t mean portrait painting. I mean something more along the lines of house painting. These days painting woodwork with oil […]