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Why Genealogy Education?

For the past few months I have been focused on learning and improving my research skills.  It started with my annual trek to The Genealogy Research Institute in Pittsburgh and Judy Russell’s and Rick Sayre’s class on “Law School For Genealogists” and … Continue reading

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Research Trap?

I just caught myself falling into a research trap.  I know when using FamilySearch to check for the un-indexed collections.  It is an ingrained work habit.  Since I use many of the county court/probate collections on FamilySearch, I am used … Continue reading

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Is It Time to Prune the Family Tree?

Do you ever feel like your family tree is just too big?  I am in that spot now and am debating the pros and cons of pruning my tree.  Our combined tree, for myself and Charlie’s family, holds over 21,000 relatives! … Continue reading

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What is the Multimedia File Listing Report Used For?

Have you ever wanted a list of the files you just downloaded from a website?  Or a list of the files you just scanned and loaded into your computer? This morning I found a collection on ancestry.com called: Bucks County, … Continue reading

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Conducting A Document Inventory

Have you ever wanted to inventory your file folder of documents (evidence) for a person and compare it the list of documents associated with the person in your family tree?  I have been working on DAR (Daughters of the American … Continue reading

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Do you the know origins of Memorial Day?

There are several different possibilities as to the origins of Memorial Day.  The story that I grew up with in Western Pennsylvania was that Memorial Day began in 1864 in Boalsburg, Centre County, Pa.  Boalsburg is a small community located outside … Continue reading

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Got Death Certificates, Whats Next?

In my prior article An Exciting Day in PA Records Is At Hand I discussed the impending release of the first wave of PA Death Certificates (1906-1924) on Ancestry.com.  Four hundred and sixty-nine (469) death certificates later, I’m ready for the next … Continue reading

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