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Evidence for genealogists
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Drake Dec 17, 2009.

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Paul Drake joined Debbie Anne Jackson's group

Massachusetts Ancestry

This group was created for people researching their ancestors in Massachusetts
Mar 29, 2011
Paul Drake replied to Kirsty Martin's discussion Parental Brick Wall
"Glad I could get back to you quickly,Kirsty, and tomorrow I will try to respond with some ideas that may help you. Paul;."
Sep 23, 2010
Paul Drake replied to John Terry's discussion Hello, I'm new here
"You betcha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)"
Jun 12, 2010
Paul Drake replied to Greg Settle's discussion DNA Testing Companies
"Ask any company for references; if they refuse such a request, forget them. Paul in TN"
May 19, 2010
Paul Drake replied to John Pepperdine's discussion How do I answer a question?
"Lord have mercy!!!! John, Thank him, then do your best to keep him alive !!!!! Those sorts of gentlemen are rare, indeed. Paul"
Apr 25, 2010
Jonathan Whtiman and Paul Drake are now friends
Mar 3, 2010
Paul Drake and Margy Bousman are now friends
Mar 1, 2010
Paul Drake left a comment for Paul Drake
"Yep, Jim, had much fun with my name when in college in the 1950s. Paul"
Jan 18, 2010
Paul Drake replied to Paul Drake's discussion Evidence for genealogists
"I have not placed the evidence section of that book on line in a readable fashion, however you may search for the evidence section of the book by Googling me in Heritage Quest articles and "NGS evidence" Try it and if you can't find…"
Dec 17, 2009
Catherine Davis replied to Paul Drake's discussion Evidence for genealogists
"Look where? Do we have to buy the book or is there a link?"
Dec 16, 2009
Paul Drake replied to Sue McCormick's discussion Reference Works in the group Genealogy Tips and Links
"You also can add, Paul Drake's "IN SEARCH OF FAMILY HISTORY; A Starting Place""
Nov 26, 2009
Paul Drake posted a discussion

Evidence for genealogists

'YOU OUGHT TO WRITE ALL THAT DOWN" published by has an excellant summary of solution to problems of evidence, and it does so without all the hocus-pocus about "preponderances of evidence",Take a look!PaulSee More
Nov 20, 2009
Paul Drake commented on Debbie Anne Jackson's group Genealogy Tips and Links
"All are well advised to make every effort to determine where an ancestor lived when the new record found was originally made. Then, as you search continues, make careful notes of everyplace else he/she lived. Genealogy is about "WHERE",…"
Oct 26, 2009
Paul Drake replied to Jerelee Davis's discussion comments on Blog page
"Hi, I am unable to find your blog page. I will look at the expressions in question if you send such to me or post those here. Paul"
Oct 19, 2009
Paul Drake replied to Monica Palmer's discussion Taking a Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
"Hi, Monica. Carefully note the advice pf Patricia; it is sound. You did well by asking us for advice re LDS and research in general. I have been there several times and was nearly overwhelmed every time I opened the door. Virtually all library…"
Sep 21, 2009

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What surnames are you interested in researching?
17th Century VA; Drake, Hines, Kitchen, Griffith
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
N. Wales
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Professional Genealogist
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
How to research
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
so long ago - 1945 - that I really don't remember
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"WHERES" in beginning research

Less than 5% of the research materials available to you is on the net. Further, stumbling blindly around the net and wasting time with folks who likely know less than you do, or playing with most pay-for-genealogy websites, is akin to shooting at the woods from the back door hoping to bag a squirrel for breakfast; slim chance, indeed. However by venturing into the woods where squirrels more likely will be found, your chances of coming home with something to eat are much greater than trying from… Continue

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 10:20am — 4 Comments

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At 2:59pm on January 18, 2010, Paul Drake said…
Yep, Jim, had much fun with my name when in college in the 1950s. Paul
At 8:32am on September 16, 2009, Jim Avery said…
What a great name for a genealogical sleuth. Paul Drake was the private investigator for Perry Mason on the old TV shows. You've probably heard this before, but I couldn't resist.
At 10:33am on August 8, 2009, Rick Leonard said…
Sorry Paul,
I honestly forgot I had joined this site until I got an email newsletter today. To answer your question, my primary interests in Marion County are Leonards, all but one of which moved away in the 1850s. James Herron Leonard was a well-known businessman/entrepreneur whose only child never had any surviving children of her own. James was the brother of my g-g-grandfather Daniel Leonard of Taylor County, Iowa. James' and Daniel's parents, William and Mary (Van Ort) Leonard are buried in Waldo Cemetery. They emigrated from Washington County, PA. in 1855.
Most of my family history is up on my Web site Leonard Legends & Legacies.
Again, apologies for not answering sooner. Seems Genealogywise doesn't notify me when someone leaves a comment. I've now subscribed to my own feed so it shouldn't be a problem in the future.





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