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Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets
With the shows like “WDYTYA” and “Genealogy Roadshow", more people are starting to show an interest in discovering their ancestry. There are many resources out there, but I believe we still need to start probably where our grandmother’s did all those years ago – the pedigree & family group sheets.
Photography Dating our Ancestors
We all own those photographs with no idea who is in the picture, or when it was taken. If you know the type of photograph, you can date the picture and narrow down who may be in the photo. Here are descriptions of early photographs.
I have a friend, Marta, who is from Poland and VERY proud of her heritage. I wondered where she would go if she decided to research her family in Poland from here in the United States. I did some searching and here are some links that might help in your Polish genealogy.
When someone dies, their estate may go through the Probate process. This record can generate data that can be helpful when researching your family. Probate Records can be of great benefit to you as you do your research.
Promoting Genealogical Societies
Genealogical Societies have noticed a decline in their membership with the economy having most of us tightening our financial belts. Those in leadership positions are questioning what they can do to promote their membership and make others feel their monies are well spent in joining their Society.
Proving John Smith
During our research some come across very common names such John Smith. When you are starting a research project, it is important to start with the “known” & work your way through your ancestors, documenting as you go. Please read and see if you can help solve this John Smith case.
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia Review
Patricia Neely-Dorsey has written a beautiful book of Southern poetry, "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia". Perfect for anyone who lives in the South or has any connections there; her poetry brings life to the Southern way. This book of poetry would make a wonderful gift idea!
Research Mistakes to Avoid
I was following up on family history research that I had no previous leads on. It had been a while since I had worked on this line in depth, and I started to see mistakes I had made in my earlier research endeavors. I want to share some of those mistakes with you, so you will learn from my errors.
Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy Resource
The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood is a great resource for all serious researchers to own or have access to. Although the 3rd edition came out in 2000, there is still a lot of great information within it’s pages that are relevant for today’s genealogist to learn from.
Researching African-American Genealogy in Alabama
Frazine K. Taylor just released her new book, Researching African-American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide. This is an exciting new resource material for those researching African Americans in the Alabama area.
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