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Researching Census Records On Microfilm & Paper

Believe it or not, twenty years ago microfilm or binders of paper were the only way to research census records.  To say that today, we are spoiled by the internet and indexed searches is putting it mildly.  As we discussed … Continue reading

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Census Reports In GenDetective 2

In my prior blog Researching Census Records in GenDetective we looked at using My Research Progress and color coded bar charts to click and navigate to a list of people who were missing a specific census record.  But, what if … Continue reading

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Researching Census Records in GenDetective

Census records are one of the most frequently consulted group of records by genealogists.  These records are the backbone of our family history, allowing us to trace our families through time as a couple marries, has children, and the children … Continue reading

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The Source Timeline

The GenDetective Source Timeline report provides a way to examine each event for an ancestor and study the sources that were cited to support this event.  The Source Timeline report was created at the request of user Russ Worthington.  You … Continue reading

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The Family Tree Do Over

Many genealogists have decided to start off 2015 with a push to re-examine their family trees.  I’m not sure who issued the challenge, but many bloggers like Thomas MacEntee have accepted the challenge to examine and clean up their family trees.  … Continue reading

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Goodbye Old (Not My) Ancestors, Hello New Ancestors!

It’s that time of year where I go through my genealogy filing system and do some house cleaning.  Once a year I print new labels for the folders to hold research for the ancestors I have added during the year.  I also remove … Continue reading

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Lesson Learned

I spent 6 hours yesterday (29 Dec 2014) in the Westmoreland County (PA) Courthouse in Greensburg.  I started the morning in the Office of Wills and then moved upstairs to the Office of Deeds.  I stopped on the way into the … Continue reading

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