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Archive for February, 2010

Discover, Disbelieve, Disprove, Repeat

Friday, February 26th, 2010

A recent email conversation has started me thinking about one of my favorite topics—thinking about data and ideas. It also reminded me that I had been planning to write a post about Karl Popper awhile back and just never got around to it. I enjoy bringing other disciplines into my thinking about family history and […]


Saturday, February 20th, 2010

What makes a place a place? While writing A Very Porous Border I couldn’t help but think about what we mean by the concept of a place and, after that post, the natural example for me to use comes from the two largest countries in North America. Today we take the existence of Canada and […]

A Very Porous Border

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Watching the Vancouver Olympics, it seems quite natural to both cheer and be excited both for your country and for whoever turns in a great performance. Sometimes we confine ourselves to our national borders, other times an amazing achievement transcends any man-made boundaries. Searching for the history of our families can also be a time […]

The Fable of Either and Or

Monday, February 8th, 2010

I like to write about research skills and knowledge that are even more basic than what are normally thought of as genealogy skills. Before you can piece together a difficult family you might need to know the big difference between the 1880 census and the ones that came before it (it gives relationships between members […]