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Archive for January, 2010

Beware the SemiDB

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

So what, you might be asking, is a “SemiDB” supposed to be? Semi, of course means half, or partial. DB is database, that friend of researchers of all shapes, sizes and persuasions. SemiDB is the name I use for databases that, for one reason or another, don’t contain as much as you might think. Some […]

Daughter’s of the Union

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I think that one of the most important “techniques” in genealogy is the study of history. Often that means studying both time’s nooks and crannies and its large semi-explored regions. After all, our ancestors may have been swept along in vast historical currents but they were also specific people, with specific backgrounds, living in specific […]

Shooing Away Your Inner Pigeon

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

A funny thing happened to me on the way home from the library the other day. I’d been working in some genealogy databases—typing away, looking through the search results, then more typing… After doing what I’d planned to do, it was time to walk home. On the way, I thought of a psychology lecture I’d […]

Cleaning my Desk

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I just ran across a scrap of paper as I cleaned out some boxes. I’m not sure when I wrote it, though it was sometime before moving back to the U.S. from Sweden a couple years ago. At the time, I was intending to start this blog at some point after the move and I’m […]

Grave Portents

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

It’s been said many times in genealogical circles that it is important to keep track of who an ancestor’s associates were. You never know when they will lead you to or even be previously unknown relatives. There are many places to find your ancestors’ associates. The one I’m thinking about at the moment is the […]