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my genealogy and DNA...

I have been researching my genealogy for about 3-4 yrs now. I still consider myself to be a beginner although I have much information on my family, I have so much more to do. I really enjoy it all but sometimes I do not have as much time for it as I would like. I had my DNA done with FamilyTree DNA and was so pleased to find out my history but also found out that I have a rare DNA because I do not have any matches with mine. FTdna even changed my halogroup a few months after having mine done. I… Continue

Added by Jay'me Helen Boughner on July 9, 2009 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Looking for clues in regards to my lineage.

I'm trying to piece together my family tree, and I've got a basic outline so far. I haven't been able to get anywhere past my great grandparents, on both sides of my mother's family line. Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.

I am: Samantha Molina

Born to: Suzanne Molina (Maiden Name: Cox)

Her parents are:

1) William James Cox (7/21/1919)

2) Jeanette Florence (Puma) Cox (1/25/1926)

William James Cox was born in Jersey City, NJ… Continue

Added by Samantha Molina on July 9, 2009 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

Gwyneth Paltrow and the Naughty Rabbi

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow has a little "exotic" ancestry on her mother's side (her maternal grandfather's maternal grandmother was born in Barbados), but I'd like to focus on her Paltrow lineage. Her father, Bruce William Paltrow (obituary here), was the son of Arnold P. "Buster" Paltrow (death notice… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on July 9, 2009 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

I purchased a $25.00 gift card from you and wonder how much longer I have to use it. I was hoping to get my PAF just a little better organized before I printed anything. I got the gift card last Nov …

I purchased a $25.00 gift card from you and wonder how much longer I have to use it. I was hoping to get my PAF just a little better organized before I printed anything. I got the gift card last Nov at the Mesa, AZ Expo. Please let me know. Continue

Added by Janice Marie Hartman on July 9, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

How exciting to See GenealogyWise grow in just a few days

I was one of the very early members of GenealogyWise and have seen the membership grow so much in the last three days. I would look at each member to see what names they were searching and see if I could connect. People started signing up so fast, I could not keep up.. This is exciting and I really hope this is successful.

I love the Profile Photos of everyone and especially get tickled at the ones with a pet or when the person was about three... so fun...

I have to admit… Continue

Added by Cindy Johnston Sorley on July 9, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

I Need To Start

I'm a good, faithful blogger but when it comes to researching my family and past I'm in the dark ages. My father's side of the family is very well researched and there are even books that have been published concerning our family. When it comes to my mother's side I just am not sure about what has been done. Now that I'm married and have two children I find the importance of keeping connections through Genealogy and I hope to better understand and work with the tools that are so easily… Continue

Added by Heidi Marie Clark on July 9, 2009 at 8:37pm — 3 Comments

Family Reunion Apathy

Five years ago, my mom and I started the process of getting all her siblings and their children and grandchildren together. She is one of eight (seven now living), and such a large family coupled with long-standing family disputes, meant that we had never all been together in the same place at the same time. Out of my twenty-seven first cousins, there were at least… Continue

Added by Tara Pfarner on July 9, 2009 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

My first blog

I have never blogged before but have been a stalker on many sites. I am hoping to use this blog as an accountability tool for my own research. My goals for this summer are to find proof one way or the other that my husband's Mathieu ancestor Michel Mathieu, who came to the US from Canada in the 1860s is descended from Joseph Mathieu and Marie Papillon. I have heard that his parents are listed on his death certificate, but would like to find other more direct sources.

Added by Randi Rountree Mathieu on July 9, 2009 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Digging Deeper

Have you ever received a gift, an heirloom, that belonged to an elder family member? Maybe it was an old stone pot that belonged in the family for generations. What a treasure! Wouldn't it be even greater then to know the story behind it? Maybe Great Aunt Ruth used to use that pot each Sunday for special meals with the family. Wouldn't it have so much more meaning to know the life behind the item?

Genealogy appeals to people who like mysteries - piecing together puzzles from the past… Continue

Added by Sara Jean Corrice on July 9, 2009 at 6:20pm — No Comments

New Examiner post on Genealogy Wise!

I posted a review of GenealogyWise on my Examiner column:

Added by Michael Hait on July 9, 2009 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

Gtownma's Genealogy

Gtownma's Genealogy Blog

Added by Tina Sansone on July 9, 2009 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Branches and Leafs

For those of you who keep up with my genealogical diggings and family history research:

Since this project was first started, back in October 2007, it has grown from a simple quest to do a simple pedigree, to an enormous, time consuming project. The tree goes back sixteen generations and includes nearly 1300 people. But there are still a lot of things I need to get and a lot of information I need to find. So I've decided to make up a to-do list for my genealogy and family history… Continue

Added by Caro Nally on July 9, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Famous Black Cemetary in Chicago - Desecrated!

The following link is in regards to a statement made today about Burr Oaks Cemetary in Chicago, Ill - famous resting place to several famous african-americans, including Emmett Louis Till. Apparently, for four years now, the cemetary workers have been digging up graves, cutting up the bodies, and dumping the parts into a massive open grave in the deepest backends of the cemetary land. How could anyone desecrate a grave that… Continue

Added by Porsha A. Williams on July 9, 2009 at 4:42pm — 3 Comments

Why to Begin

Since I was a little kid I would always ask my grandmother about her family and how things were "in the old days" She told me so much information but I was a kid and cannot remember everything she told me. So, a few years ago I decided that I would try and find out some more information for myself. WOW, who knew there was so much information out there. You can get information about family and places from everywhere; internet, family, library, newspapers.

I have boxes and boxes and… Continue

Added by Megan Trew on July 9, 2009 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

The Politics of Mailing Lists and How to Survive...

Mailing lists can be a terrific way of gathering information and sharing stories with others. Mailing lists allow you to keep up to date with advancements in a field, events, and education. Sometimes though, someone or a group of people on the mailing list begin souring the list with drama. Some people just thrive on conflict. A fact that is difficult to escape in life, but one that is controllable, especially on a mailing list.

Recently, a professional list for genealogy dealt with… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 9, 2009 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

And That's the Way It Is in Walter Cronkite's Family Tree

CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite is 92 and seriously ill.

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr., is the son of Dr. Walter Leland, Sr., and Helen Lina (Fritsche) Cronkite, born 4 Nov. 1916 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He married 27 Mar. 1940 in Jackson County, Missouri, Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Maxwell (you can see for… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on July 9, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Generation Maps Social Networking Contest.

Originally posted at

It has been fascinating tonight to watch a new genealogy social networking site get started. I signed up for late this afternoon, and in just a few hours, I had dozens of friends and dozens of fans on the Generation Maps group. We'd love to have you join us. It will be interesting to see where this site goes and how it develops.

I've loved all the fun we… Continue

Added by Janet Hovorka on July 9, 2009 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

The LaRue family...

I am mapping out my fathers family. I am stuck @ my grandparents... Does anyone have info on the Larue's or Burke's from Oklahoma? They (my grandparents) eventually ended up in southern California.
Thanks for any info you may have!!

Added by HeathenDot on July 9, 2009 at 11:10am — No Comments

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

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