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I wonder if it's a geographical thang... I grew up in the PNW and it's a common term here. I've lived around the country too though and heard it in the midwest and south too.

I use it when I don't want to take the time to figure out what the exact relationship is between two individuals. In this case, my new found 'cousin's' grandfather was the youngest brother of my great grandmother.

Hi.  My name is Debbie and I am pretty new at genealogy.  I have been saying that for about 8 years now; but I am still new.  There is so much to learn.  My hardest task is adding sources to Legacy comfortable enough to do it.  I do not have any web-sites of my own; but enjoy looking at message boards and question and answer sites.  I am also trying to prove how I came into the "Cameron" line of DNA.

Welcome aboard, Debbie. I have been at this genealogical thing for quite some time, and I still feel new at it. There's so much to learn. As for sources, don't fret too much over it. Just be certain to save the source, write down what made you think it fit, and go from there. By save, I also mean download it and/or print it out! Better to have some sources than none at all. Also, take some time to analyze how significant a source it is. There is a system of rating 1-4, for instance, based on reliability. Census records, for me, rate a 3, as you don't know who gave the answers. Nor, do you know if the census taker was on a deadline to get that neighborhood enumerated. I was unaware of this, in my beginnings. However, if the adults weren't at home, it wasn't uncommon for the children to be asked the questions. Or, if the family wasn't at home, sometimes a neighbor was asked on behalf of said family. Neither scenario gives good credence to the information collected.

Who gave the information; were they there at the time? Were they in a good position to readily know the answers? Who is the person who gave the answers on a Death Certificate? Family member, or just a friend? Don't mean to scare you, but these are some of the questions we have to ask.

Good luck on your journey!

My name is Marilyn Couch. I have found that through my Grandma Little I have Indian heritage. It is through the Little's and the Miller's. It seems that I am related to Morning Little Kimborough. I would love info on her and her family. I find it difficult to maneuver through all the info.

Welcome aboard, Marilyn. I'm afraid I have no information on your ancestor. Have you tried a Google Search on her name? Good luck in your journey. What part of the information is difficult? I'm not certain I'm following you.

Is that Morning Kimborough (1705 - 1756)???

Hello All,

I've been dabbling in Genealogy since around 2000. I'm from the Shenandoah Valley, Va. so as you might imagine it started as a curiosity/fascination with the possibility of my historical heritage.

I do not currently have any memberships with paid genealogy sites  (I'm a father of 3 who misplaced  his Golden Goose) so I rely heavily on the internet and sites like "Family Search" and "Find A Grave"

I'm currently researching 4 names (in order of priority) O'Neill, Caracofe, Mowbray and Magalis. The first 2 of which have more spellings than I have years to research them.. Primary area of focus on all 4 is Mid Atlantic region into Ohio with ties to Az. and Fl. as well.

While I don't have any formal training in genealogy I do have excellent research skills and instincts so I get by. Looking forward to being able to possibly help some of you and maybe even get a tip here and there for myself.


Hi, everyone! I like to do genealogical research when I get a chance. I've just started working on my Scandinavian ancestry. It sure is challenging! I'm trying to locate the Swedish town that my ancestros emigrated from. I know they left from Malmo. I also know a cousin is buried in a small town near Hasselholm. Any advice? I'll be traveling there in 2 weeks and would love to find ancestral graves. Heather

See if you can locate the Library in the town(s) you're going to be visiting and find out if and how they can help you. The times they are open, if you can purchase copies of any records found or save them onto a thumb drive, that sort of thing. Good luck on your search! So exciting!

Thanks April! I've actually done this for another branch of the family. I don't know as much about my Swedish roots. :-(

I am Sandra Coulter, and I'm looking for information about my great-grandfather.  He was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1801.  If anyone information on John Kennedy, I would appreciate very much hearing from you.  He came to the USA in 1819 aboard the Thomas Gelston as best I can determine.  He lived in Laurens County, South Carolina before moving to Cartersville, GA. He was married to Barbara Kirkpatrick.

Dear Sandra,

A couple of questions:  Do you have any census information on him?  Do you have his death certificate?  I assume you are interested in finding his parents.  Any known siblings in America?  What resources do you have?

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