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July 2009 Blog Posts (382)

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 — 4 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

Cemetery Desecration for Profit

There are no words to describe the barbarous levels of inhumanity corporations will sink to, in order to make a dollar.

In the early days of Jefferson County Texas, there were several communities, which have now either been swallowed by the annexation of Beaumont or Port Arthur; or paved over so local businesses could expand.

In 1824, what would become Beaumont, TX was originally just a small community called Tevis Bluff, founded by Noah Tevis. By 1838, Beaumont was… Continue

Added by Sherry Hightower on July 8, 2009 at 2:01pm — 3 Comments

You find a error in a listing from FindAGrave or another like site, now what?

Have you ever been looking though all of the different web sites with listings of gravesites and marker information and saw one that you KNEW was wrong? What did you do? These sites offer loads of great information, you can find details that may not be available anywhere else. I have found complete families buried together and other relatives I did not know of, buried nearby.

If you see an error, first please be sure it is a error, look down at the bottom of the page or maybe on the first… Continue

Added by Randy L Quick on July 8, 2009 at 1:13pm — 9 Comments

Jeff Goldblum: Not Dead Yet

Actor Jeff Goldblum was rumored to have died the same day as Michael Jackson, but reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. His days are numbered, though, so I did some work on his obituary.

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum was born 22 Oct. 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Dr. Harold L. and Shirley S. (Temeles) Goldblum. His father (whose obituary may be read… Continue

Added by Chris Dunham on July 8, 2009 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

ShoeString Genealogy

Happy Dae

There are many expensive hobbies, genealogy included. I developed my web site,, to help others (and me!) to find less expensive ways to research our family. Online resources are becoming more abundant, but they are not the only ones -- nor should they be -- that you should use.

I have a floating menu on the left that will get you access to… Continue

Added by Dae Powell on July 8, 2009 at 11:14am — No Comments

Brick Walls and missing puzzle pieces

I had been researching my Harris/Humbert family history for many years, unable to break through the very large brick wall that stood before me. I began to think maybe these people didn't really exist. I was mainly working off of the collective memories of my family after all. However, one day I decided to lay all my paperwork out in front of me and scour it to make sure there was nothing I was missing. I had looked over these pages many times but I just knew the answer had to be there… Continue

Added by Kelli Davis Underhill on July 8, 2009 at 10:24am — 4 Comments


Lemmon/ Repine

Searching for parents of Samuel Lem(m)on born ca 1812/13 in Virginia. In 1850 he was living in Bedford Co., PA with his wife Rebecca Repine (born circa 1814--possibly in New Jersey). They were probably married around 1832/33. Their children were: Samuel (born circa 1833), James (born circa 1837), Sarah (born circa 1840), Catherine (born circa 1841), William (born 1842), Henry (born 1845), and Harrison (born circa 1847). William and Henry came to Indiana after the Civil War.… Continue

Added by Marti Martin on July 8, 2009 at 10:02am — No Comments

Getting an Education in Genealogy

Understanding the methodology behind genealogy research is vital to creating credible genealogical reports. A genealogist, whether professional or a hobbist, cannot simply present dates, events, and names. The genealogist must explain or show how he or she knows the information to be true. How does he or she know that his or her great great great grandfather arrived in the United States of America via Ellis Island? How does he or she know that his or her great great uncle died in World War II?… Continue

Added by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS on July 8, 2009 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Seeking contact with any other BLOFELD, BLOFIELD or BLOWFIELD researchers

I am researching all occurances of the surname BLOFELD plus variants such as BLOFIELD and BLOWFIELD as part of a one-name study. Please contact me if you have these surnames in your ancestry, I may be able to help with your research.

Added by Gillian on July 8, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hitting That Brick Wall!

Have you hit a brick wall in your research? I am sure all of us have a brick wall on a surname at some point or another in our research. I have had several. What do you do about it? How have you broken down that brick wall?

I have had a brick wall on my SUTHERLAND family and of course I am at a brick wall with my SMITH family. I had my Grandpa SUTHERLAND, my Great Grandpa SUTHERLAND and my GGGrandpa Sutherland but could not go any further. I thought it would be easy as my GGGrandpa's… Continue

Added by Shelly Kay Eitniear-Cherry on July 8, 2009 at 8:11am — No Comments

Welcome to CUMPSTON researchers

I am seeking contact with other CUMPSTON researchers, world-wide. Please check out my website at
and see if any of your relatives are mentioned there. Do contact me if you have any CUMPSTON photographs. Tell me if I can help in your research

Added by Glenys Marriott on July 8, 2009 at 7:58am — No Comments

Family Reunion

A few weeks ago, my mom flew here from Texas, the two of us drove to Michigan to pick up my aunt, and then the three of us continued the drive up further into Michigan. Northern Michigan to be exact - to visit this wonderful woman who just happens to be our oldest living family member!

According to my genealogy program - Irene is my 1st cousin twice removed. Now, after being hit with the genealogy bug for the past 2 years, I still haven't quite figured out that "removed" thing when… Continue

Added by Candy Hulbert Ditkowski on July 8, 2009 at 6:43am — 2 Comments

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