Monthly Archives: July 2008

Lansing’s Genealogy Project

Do you have roots in Michigan ? You may want to participate in celebrating Lansing, Michigan’s 150th anniversary with some genealogy! The Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society is compiling a history of families who have lived in Lansing over the last 150 … Continue reading

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Bastille Day–The French “Fourth of July”

Eight years ago today, I arrived in Paris with a group of students (including my two children) for a two-week tour of France. That Bastille Day was great fun. The original one maybe not so much. Still, if you have … Continue reading

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REALLY uncommon source: DNA

DNA genealogy is all the rage in this decade. Before she died, my mother had her brother and another genealogist compare DNA. The result showed a common male ancestor among them. Given the genealogists’ documented genealogy, this satisfied Mother that … Continue reading

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More uncommon sources: Probate Court

Probate court is where most (American) wills and adoptions are recorded. Sometimes a Probate Court is also called a Surrogate Court,Orphans Court or Court of Ordinary.   Whatever the name, the court  can be petitioned by interested parties in an estate, … Continue reading

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Mortality Schedules: Another uncommon source

In my book I discuss the usefulness of Mortality Schedules to the U. S. Census. If you expected to find an ancestor in a certain place in a census, and don’t, the next step is to find the mortality schedule, … Continue reading

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Uncommon documents for family history

Sometimes it’s hard to find the standard documents of an ancestor’s life: birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate. People moved around a lot in the 19th & 20th centuries; courthouses burn or get flooded; paper disintegrates. So, when you hit … Continue reading

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Caveat emptor: Genealogy Scams

Scams in genealogy are as old as the hobby itself. Many of the time honored ones (which I’ll cover in a minute) have moved from junk mail and classified ads to online. Others are brand new, taking advantage of the … Continue reading

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“The Bones Collector” Newsletter

An excellent monthly newsletter with tips on research, sources and techniques, “Ancestor Searching” is part of the Huntsville (AL) Public Library blog, The Bones Collector. This blog by Richard White, Computer Genealogy Librarian, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, has useful information … Continue reading

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Use that layover to research your genealogy

Stark County Library and Akron-Canton Airport Partner for CAK Free Web Access GREEN, Ohio, July 2   — If you have some extra time before your next flight out of Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), be sure to try out CAK Free … Continue reading

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African American Genealogy

African-American genealogy does present special challenges, but they are not insurmountable. Try these sites: The Freedman’s Bureau Online  The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands was  established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The … Continue reading

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