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Records Evolve

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Records evolve. Some records are created to preserve specific information. These certainly change over time. Go far enough back in time and death records might not give the cause of death, something you expect to see today. Other records are created to gather statistics. These, it seems, evolve much faster. If one simply wants to […]

Not Quite Gone

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

I found a reference to a man, Anders, that I was researching. It was a reference to his drowning. I checked the death registers for the date that was given and sure enough, he was listed. So were two other men. There was a note squeezed into the margin. It was hard to read but […]

I is for Identity

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Identity must be one of the most fascinating facets of genealogy. Isak and Ovra where recorded twice as parents. Those were the names that were written into the birth registers. When one of their sons died the information about his parents matched Isak and Ovra with one exception, their names. Ignatz and Charlotte were the […]

Pushing the Limits

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

There is something special about those times when records don’t simply stop but fade. Times long enough ago that identity was seen differently. A man is not known by two names but by one name and the place where he lived. When his child was born, all that was recorded was the date, his given […]

Near Enough

Monday, April 14th, 2014

David J. Hand, the author of the book The Improbability Principle has a list of items that go into his principle- The Law of Inevitability The Law of Truly Large Numbers The Law of Selection The Law of the Probability Lever The Law of Near Enough In the book he describes events that seem like […]

Top Ten

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

In light of David Letterman’s impending retirement, here are the- Top ten reasons to give up genealogy 10 Tired of the search result “Buy Ichabod Whittleby products on Amazon.com!” 9 Thought people were kidding about the 1890 census. 8 Upset by DNA match to Justin Bieber. 7 Discovered that someone has copied your idea to […]

Coincidence?

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

The other day I went to the library to pick up a book I had on hold. I found the book and a magazine on the shelf waiting for me. I checked them out and was casually flipping through the magazine while I waited for my daughter’s choir practice to wrap up. In the back […]

Genealogy Day

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Sure, we already have Family History Month in October but as my kids have pointed out to me lately, to be cool now, your activity needs to have a specific day with a funny connection to what it is supposed to celebrate. For example, earlier this month, grammarians celebrated grammar day on March 4. They […]

Connections

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The word “genealogy” is made of two parts meaning “origin” and “study.” It is, at its core, the study of our personal origins. Genealogy is often broader than its own etymological origins because are naturally curious about those who share some of those origins. We want to know who descends from some of the same […]

Funhouse Mirror Memories

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Nearly all genealogy begins with memories—your memories, your cousins memories, your great aunt Gertrude’s memories. Someone’s family recollections peak someone else’s interest. Grandma gets interviewed. A notebook is filled with Uncle Ralph’s stories about his relatives when he was growing up and then when word gets out that you’re working on the family history, an […]

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