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Archive for May, 2012

“Family Time” the Genealogist’s Way

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Have you ever noticed how differently we perceive time? Every circumstance implies its own meanings for “a long time ago” and “recently.” Every┬áhuman activity has different ways of measuring time. A cosmologist might consider a billion years to be a brief period. For a particle physicist a nanosecond (one billionth of a second) can be […]

Ten Genalogical Commandments

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Something about this time of year must put me in the mood to write an odd genealogical list. I just checked and it was last year at this time that I decided to write about seven deadly sins. Now, how about ten commandments? There is something satisfying about a genealogical list, even one that is […]

DNA 2.0

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

For years now genealogists have been interested in genetics. DNA testing can help us solve genealogical puzzles. It can tell us about unknown relatives. It can give us insight into ethnicity. Sometimes it proves that there is something wrong in our paper trail. Sometimes it shows that our research in the records is likely to […]

Ignorance is Bliss

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

What is more important in research, what we know or what we don’t know? Learning something new in genealogy always leads to more questions than it answers. There is always more that we don’t know than what we know. Every bit of information leads to the hope that more details can be discovered. Finding a […]