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When I got bit by the genealogy bug...

Everyone has a story of when they were bit by the genealogy bug and their entire lives were transformed to trying to get as much information as possible about their family. This blog will share mine. I will also post this as a discussion forum to hear others stories.

My paternal grandfather died when I was 16 years old on December 17, 1993. I was a junior in high school. Both sets of my grandparents lived two hours from my house in different directions, so I was never close with any… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 9, 2009 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

"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

Added by Paul Drake on July 9, 2009 at 10:20am — 4 Comments


Well done, Paul.

Added by Anne Roach on July 9, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

Miscellaneous Genealogy and History Links - July 9, 2009

Another group of links sent to the Candyman list on

July 3, 2009.

Repeat. Bedford County, Pennsylvania

Mother Bedford: The Pennsylvania Frontier of the 1700s

Brief biographies; genealogies

Search : A - GeneaStar

Ancestries reported in the U.S. 2000… Continue

Added by Linda House Brousseau on July 9, 2009 at 9:19am — No Comments

Little Jessie G. Parrish

There has always been a story told over and over again by my mother and grandmother. I doubt it was told to us as a warning regarding the dangers of playing near railroad tracks - we never lived near railroad tracks. I think perhaps it was probably one of the most devastating family events, so it was a story that was retold over and over to preserve the memory of this little boy as best as possible?

Oddly enough, before I began… Continue

Added by Candy Hulbert Ditkowski on July 9, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments

Miscellaneous Links - July 9, 2009

This was sent to the Candyman Genealogy List on July 3, 2009

I try to send in ten links per day. You have to be a member to

see the posts, but you can go no-mail and still fish through the


Linda Bee

Search Engine


New services promise online… Continue

Added by Linda House Brousseau on July 9, 2009 at 9:07am — No Comments

Looking to share information on families from Pollard, Jessamine Co., Ky.

Looking to share information on families from Pollard, Jessamine Co., Ky. I have a large data base which connects many of the Jessamine Co., Ky families. Would like to exchange info with any one else interested in Jessamine Co. and surrounding Ky counties.

Added by Nancy House Perry on July 9, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

A cousin is a cousin is a cousin. Or are they?

When one is adopted at an early age, one tends to think of the people that raised you into adulthood as your parents. Any nieces and nephews of your parents are automatically assumed to be your cousins. Just like any normal blood related family would, correct?

Such is the case with myself and my sister. Both of us were born in the Philippines. She in Quezon City in February of 1968, and me in Manila in March of 1967. Both of us knew, from the time we were old enough to understand,… Continue

Added by Claude P Perry II on July 8, 2009 at 11:18pm — 7 Comments

Cemetery Workers dig up graves...

NBC News reported this afternoon that employees at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, IL have been digging up graves and reselling the plots. They stated that there was an area blocked off that they believe have the remains from the graves, plus the tombstones, all piled up. According to the NBS reporters, the owners of the cemetery tipped the police off to what was going on.

When will our loved ones be safe. Cemeteries are moved, family is not notified. Now the employees seem to think it… Continue

Added by Terri O'Connell on July 8, 2009 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

Just Starting out?

I remember when I first started doing Genealogy....there was so much information and what do you do with it all...DO NOT be discouraged....go slow one person at a time.... get each person done as thoroughly as you can, Full name if possible, if they have a nick name, put that in "quote marks" IF they do not have a middle name put NMN (no middle name) If you are unsure of something put it in pencil so you can erase it when you find out for sure.

If you are doing your family tree… Continue

Added by Lillian Joan Marie Hattabaugh on July 8, 2009 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Who is Aunt Sara?

For years, this picture had haunted my father. Two of the figures he knew quite well, one was his aunt, the sparkling and witty Fanny as a teenager standing next to her mother, his grandmother, but the other two were total strangers. The only clue we had was the phrase written on the back of the picture in his father's handwriting that simply stated, "Mom and Aunt Sara". He'd discovered the photos while cleaning out my grandmother's apartment… Continue

Added by Gail Winstanley on July 8, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Figuring this out...

Hi everyone,
I was never a part of Facebook (althought I've seen a little of my kids' pages) so I'm trying to figure out how this works. I'm really hoping this doesn't become something that I become so wrapped up in that I never have time for research! Looking forward to meeting lots of new friends!

Added by Shy Genealogist on July 8, 2009 at 6:46pm — 1 Comment

Kentucky Settelers

I have family that moved over from Wales to Kentucky. Without knowing many dates, how does one find out where they came from originally? I have been looking for answers for a few years now, and no one in the family is able to find out or remember anything.

Added by Candi Lynn Ingram-Johnson on July 8, 2009 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

Preparing to Research Your Family Tree

Researching your family tree can be a rewarding experience, not just for you, but also for other living members of your family and those members yet to be born. The first step in preparing to research your family tree is to write down all the information about your family that you know. Include names, birth, marriage, divorce, and death dates and locations. Occupations, residences, schools attended, medical information, and anything else you find pertinent to your family tree should also be… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 8, 2009 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Top Ten Rules of Genealogy

I have been researching my family history for a very long time, both the right way and the wrong way. Genealogy the wrong way is frustrating to both yourself and anyone else who might see your research. These rules will help you to keep on the right track - they follow the philosophy, "Work smart - not hard." Feel free to add more in the comments.

These are in no particular order.

1. The most important rule of genealogy is: DOCUMENT YOUR SOURCES. This cannot be stressed… Continue

Added by Michael Hait on July 8, 2009 at 5:25pm — 7 Comments

Understanding Patronymics

The Dutch were much slower than the English in adopting surnames as we know them. Patronymics in New Netherland (present day New York) ended theoretically under English rule in 1687 with the advent of surnames, but not everyone followed the new guidelines.

The most common Dutch naming custom was that of patronymics, or identification of an individual based on the father's name. For example Jan Albertszen (who later took the surname Bradt) is given the patronymic of Albertszen, after… Continue

Added by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on July 8, 2009 at 4:26pm — 3 Comments

Trying the blogging functionality by writing about Chrome OS article

Okay, let's try the blogging function ;-)

Less than year after Chrome, Google introduces Chrome OS.

The article Chrome OS discusses common misconceptions, warns against some all to easy misinterpreations, points out some easily overlooked facts and a implications, such as what the expected delivery schedule implies for Linux users, provides a brief analysis of the what and why, and discusses how Chrome OS fits in the… Continue

Added by Tamura Jones on July 8, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Work with Randy Seaver's directions

Added by Brenda K. Wolfgram Moore on July 8, 2009 at 2:46pm — No Comments

Can Social Media Save Genealogy Societies?

My colleague Elyse Doerflinger at Elyse's Genealogy Blog has started a dialog concerning the future of genealogy societies and how bridging the "technology divide" can mean sink or swim in terms of society survival.

In her post, Elyse discusses many different ways a genealogy society can leverage technology… Continue

Added by Thomas MacEntee on July 8, 2009 at 2:41pm — 5 Comments

6 Steps for Researching Your Family's Genealogy

Many people are interested in researching their family history but hesitate because they are unsure how or where to begin.

These are 6 Steps, which will help the beginning family genealogist lay a foundation to build upon and see rapid progress.

Do not expect to answer all the questions all the time. The further back you go, the harder the information becomes to collect. You will continually add information as you conduct your research. Sometimes, it takes years to find… Continue

Added by Sherry Hightower on July 8, 2009 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

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