An “Easter Egg” in Some Pittsburgh Church Records

Sometimes in computer software we find an Easter egg–“an intentional inside joke, a hidden message, or a secret feature of an interactive work (often, a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen).1 Apparently they occur in online genealogical databases too. I have been researching my husband’s Clark family,...

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Working with Insignia

In going through my mother’s things after her death last May, my family and I found insignia related to schools and organizations she and my father were associated with. We found their high school class rings, along with what we thought were fraternity and sorority pins. In my jewel...

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Working with Yearbooks and Navy Cruise Books

In a recent post I shared that my mother passed away in May of 2017. Her passing started a succession of sorting, finding new homes for, and sometimes discarding the objects that she had accumulated over her lifetime. Clothing came first, then clumps of papers, then caches of other...

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Learning Ancestry.com

Yesterday I gave a short, basic talk on learning to use the popular genealogy website Ancestry for the Monument chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. I provided a one-page handout–since we were a few copies short, I decided to post the handout here. Since it was confined...

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Fight Procrastination Day

Today is Fight Procrastination Day! I learned this from the latest APG (Association of Professional Genealogists) Quarterly, where Karen Gridley published a great article entitled “What Is Procrastination Costing You?”1 Let me turn Karen’s question around–what is procrastination costing each one of us? Karen’s article mentions four generalized consequences:...

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