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Introduction to German Research for North Americans

So why would a native German take the German Records courses offered at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies? Most of the research I have done in the past 23 years has been in American records not German. I mistakenly thought that German family history research was pretty much impossible for those living in the United States. Although I was born in Germany, I came to…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 27, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Women's Clothing 1900's

Women’s Clothing in Photographs: The 1900s 

What were women wearing in the decades of the 1900s? That answer is important as we look at family photographs. Here’s a few trends seen in the 20th century.  

Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects

1900s – The styles of the late 1890s continued into this decade. The…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 26, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Grandma Unknown generation.

Grandma Great Great Great unknown.  When I was young Grandad could name her. We did not write in the album. When older he could only remember she was a Grandma on his side and some history about her.  Mom did write data finally down in the album in  1958.  I sent copies of unlabled pictures to Hoffman/Huffman Reunion in  Iowa.  I have not known of a reunion in Greene Co. Pa ever. Though a small group of us got together in September 1993. 

Waynesburg, PA was the place and I stayed with…

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Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 25, 2019 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Maps and the US Census

I love maps. Really, maps are a fantastic research tool, and even more important when you are using census records. Think about it, why do you think that would be the case?  I can think of several reasons; hopefully mine and yours match.

Map of the United States of America. Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/item/98685348/…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 25, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mayflower Passengers Who Left Known Descendants

Are you a descendant of a Mayflower passenger?

Which Mayflower passengers left known descendants? The following are the heads of families who left descendants and the only families from whom descent has been proven:

 

There are many names missing in the above list, names of men who died the first winter leaving no family behind. Some entire families were wiped out – the Crakstons, Martins, Rigdales, Tillies, Tinkers and Turners. Did these…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 24, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

News for Genealogist that like to Float on Ships.... Ya Ya Thanks Blaine T. Bettinger

I would love to have members of The Genealogy Squad join me and the wonderful Mary Kathryn Crews Kozy on this amazing Alaska cruise in September 2021! I did this cruise in 2017 and it was so beautiful, I can't wait to do it again! And we get to talk about genealogy on top of everything else! If you contact them, please be sure to let them know you came from me & The Genealogy Sqaud; I don't get any kickback but I think it would be great to…

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Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 23, 2019 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Extractions

In modules 5 and 6 of Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting we learned about extractions.  It is a similar concept to an abstraction but not exactly the same. Trust me, I am sure you have used them both, but you may not have realized the distinction between the two.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 23, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

How Far Back Can I Go?

Everyone's Research is Different

One of the most frequently asked genealogy questions is “How far back can I go?” This is a very difficult question to answer. Everyone’s research is different. Accessibility and the availability of documents as well as the possible destruction of records means that the answer to the above question might be different even for the same person tracing two different families on their tree.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 22, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Mix Results and Exciting Ideas

    Mixed Results and Exciting Ideas.

   Thanks to Kenneth on Facebook and his crazy letter of 5 things not to do to excel in Genealogy, I am going to expound     on his fun.

   Needless to say, as an instructor in Genealogy I have been tempted to make similiar comments to my blog readers. 

   On Facebook they have many areas for various topics and Genealogy, Just Ask. really gets some interesting twists.

   It has been so long since I was a…

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Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 21, 2019 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Sink or Swim: US Census Records

Nothing like jumping in and seeing if you sink or swim. There is no goofing off and easing into the subject matter with this course. You are into the meat of the subject from page one, which is great!  Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to start off strong. There is just a lot, and I mean a lot, of information.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 21, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Mayflower

Passenger List

We have William Bradford to thank for taking pen in hand and keeping records of the early years. He wrote down the names of the passengers and did a separate accounting of the increasings and decreasings of these passengers thirty years later. Unfortunately, one piece of information he did not record in his history was the name of the ship Mayflower. It is known only from a 1623 land division in which settlers were listed under the name of the ship…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 20, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Who has Grandma's Photo?

Family Albums, Friends and Neighbors

Obviously, knowing where a photograph came from is always helpful. Because of social media and genealogy websites, you may have access to family photographs posted by a family member or even a friend of the family. That person’s photograph collection may include more pictures of the same ancestor taken at different times or with other relatives.

Family albums are repositories of photographs of friends,…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 18, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Starting the US: Institutional Records Course

When you think of an “institution” what comes to mind first? For me, it is prisons or asylums. But guess what, this word can cover a whole bunch of other places as well. Places which most of us had ancestors in attendance. Not to say all ancestors were black sheep, just that they had reasons to attend an established facility.…

Historic American Buildings Survey, photo-copy of engraving by John Andrews, showing Dexter Asylum in 1869. - Dexter Asylum, Hope Street & Lloyd Avenue, Providence, Providence County, RI. Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/hhh.ri0177.photos.145474p/

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 17, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

Genealogy?

What does Genealogy mean?

A definition found in the dictionary states that “genealogy is the science of tracing your family back through the centuries.” Genealogies record the descent of an individual or a family from a certain ancestor.  It is the study of your pedigree.

 

via Canva.com

What the dictionary does not…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 16, 2019 at 8:00am — No Comments

Do you Really Know Transcribing?

Well, this course didn't dally around; it jumped straight into the nuts and bolts of creating a good transcription. While several of the courses I previously wrote about did touch on the basics of transcription, Modules 1 and 2 of Skills: Transcribing, Abstracting & Extracting  provides an intense introduction to the process.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 15, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Who, What and Why?

Basic Questions

How do you learn more about a photograph? Here are some basic questions to help get started.

Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects

WHO is in the…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 14, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hong Kong Police 175th. Anniversary Project

175 years ago today Inspector Charles MAY along with Sergeants Thomas SMITHERS and Hugh McGREGOR resigned from the Metropolitan Police Force in London and began their 5 month journey to Hong Kong in order to establish the Hong Kong Police Force.  As the…

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Added by Christine Thomas on October 7, 2019 at 5:32am — No Comments

Time to Mark the Calendar

            Echoes of our Ancestors     

              20-23 May 2020

          SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

       Presented by National Genealogical Society

            Family HIstory Conference

       HAVING HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, hoping to be there.

Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 6, 2019 at 3:18pm — No Comments

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies 20th Anniversary!

20th Anniversary Special

We're celebrating our 20th Anniversary!  What better way to do that, then to bring back those 1999 registration fees of only $50.00 per course.

You can register for as many courses as you wish.  That's right, there is NO limit.  Heck, you could even…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on October 4, 2019 at 9:43am — No Comments

5 October Educational Meeting--- Anna's Restaurant Lemon Grove

Education Workshop 5 October 2019  Genealogy is Fun and Lost Ancestors
The workshop will be held at Anna's The Family Restaurant,  8099 Broadway St.., Lemon Grove,

Ca 91945. 1 to 3:30 pm.  As long as we order something to eat we can meet here free.
We are going to try Anna's. I have not heard confirmation from the other places that were considered.

We normally go…
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Added by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on October 3, 2019 at 6:23pm — No Comments

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