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This and That

Random thoughts. Have you ever searched census records on ancestry.com?  Ancestry.com has a neat feature where you can correct a name that has been mangled in the index, allowing other cousins to find the person.  This is a great feature … Continue reading

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Local Tax Records

On Friday (Jan 22) I made a trip to the Northampton County PA Archives.  The archives is located north of Easton in Forks township and the staff are wonderful.  It was not my first trip to this archive but it was … Continue reading

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Connecting to Database Redux

Have you seen this message “Connecting to database ..” in GenDetective and been frustrated that it never goes away?  There has been a recent upsurge in this issue after installing GenDetective OR after running GenDetective for months and, after installing updates, … Continue reading

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Hello New Ancestors

2015 was a great year for my genealogy and family research.  For starters I didn’t disown anyone and that is really good news!  One of the things I do at the end of the year is look back over the … Continue reading

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Civil War Pensions: The GenDetective Reports

Given my recent focus on Civil War pensions, I was asked how I figure out who served and who received pensions.  For me, preparing to research Civil War pensions at the National Archives is two step process.  The first step is to identify … Continue reading

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Civil War Pensions: Cunningham Kenley

Cunningham Kenley, yes his parents really did saddle him with his mothers maiden name, was my 3rd great granduncle and first cousin 5x removed.  Tracing Cunningham allowed me to find the proof I needed for the second line to the … Continue reading

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Civil War Pension: Alexander C Sloan

Alexander Sloan is a 2nd great grand-uncle.  He was married to Mary Elizabeth McGranahan and lived most of his life in Cowanshannock Twp, Armstrong County, Pa.  Alexander was a Sergeant and then a 1st Lieutenant with Company K of the … Continue reading

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