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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In Honor of Labor Day 2017

For Labor Day 2016, I wrote a blog post highlighting ancestors who belonged to labor unions. For 2017, I thought I’d highlight a few labor-related resources I’ve found helpful in researching my ancestors who worked in northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal industry. Ancestry, “Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1954“ This collection...

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Case Studies using Mitochondrial DNA

Finding female ancestors often challenges researchers! DNA–both autosomal and mitochondrial–is a powerful tool for identifying the often-hidden women in our family tree, and case studies–illustrations of how researchers have solved particular kinds of problems–help us learn how to use new methods and tools in our own research. Here is...

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Weddings, Heirlooms, and Stories

Earlier this month I attended my sister’s beautiful beach wedding in Rhode Island, which took place on my daughter’s birthday. In honor of the coincidence of the two dates, my sister gave my daughter, who is engaged, the engagement ring that belonged to my paternal grandmother, Julia Mary (Sakusky)...

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