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Online Family Trees and Identity Theft -- Fiction or Fact?

I have written several blog posts over the years about the blatant misuse of the term "identity theft." Yet again I find published blog posts …

Search WWI military records for free!

2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would …

A Very Interesting Development in FamilySearch Family Tree

My friend Diane Miller called the following entry in FamilySearch.org Family Tree to my attention. I have to do the screenshot in more than one …

An Unusual Family Reunion: Opening the family crypt

It was a family reunion unlike any other. When members of the Douse family met in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (Canada) last month, one of the …

What constitutes genealogical evidence? Part One: Beginning the Process

I have had a couple of posts recently about sources, but it is time to move on and discuss the difference between a "source" and evidence. The main …

Genealogy: Fact or Fiction?

Does historical fiction have a place in the world of genealogy? In the movie screen of genealogical life does the statement "This movie is based on a …

FamilySearch partners with GenealogyBank to digitize 1 billion records

SALT LAKE CITY — Two family history organizations are undertaking a massive project to create an online database of obituaries.<p>In connection with …

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Can documents be owned?

This question came up twice in the last week. Here is one of the questions from my dear friend Anonymous:<p>When a person purchases public records such …

Can I sue for plagiarism?

To rephrase the question posed in the title to this post: can I maintain a separate cause of action in a court of law based on plagiarism as opposed …

Yet again, another response about FamilySearch Family Tree

My dear friend Anonymous has once again chosen to leave a comment. This one is particularly aimed at FamilySearch Family Tree and leaves me wondering …

The Ins and Outs of Probate for Genealogists - Part One In the Beginning

Probate is a set of court or government procedures established for the orderly transfer of property from a deceased person to his or her heirs and/or …

FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter

<i>The following is from FamilySearch.</i><p>New Indexing Program: Feedback Provides Insight<p>Over the last year FamilySearch has been working hard on developing …

MyHeritage biggest challenge to preserve and digitize cemeteries worldwide

MyHeritage embarked on a very ambitious goal to digitize Israel's largest cemetery, Holon, collaborating with genealogy companies, genealogy …

New AmericanAncestors.org Website

Thanks to a tip from Renee Zamora on her Blog, "Renee's Genealogy Blog," I learned about the new AmericanAncestors.org website from the New England …

The Ins and Outs of Probate for Genealogists - Part Three - Understanding the Language of a Will

Legal language is extremely conservative. A will written in the 1700s contains some of the same language as one written in the 1900s. But this is …

BYU Family History Library Video on Online Genealogy Basics

During the past few months, the Brigham Young University Library has been producing a video of each of each class in the series of classes I have …

A Note on Unsupported Genealogy Software

What does it mean when a program is unsupported? This question occurred to me when I was looking at the list of reviewed genealogy software on …

Putting the flesh on the bones of genealogy

Genealogists are noted for their interest in names and dates. Unfortunately, many genealogists stop there in their research. I inherited a huge …

The Ins and Outs of Evidence for Genealogists -- Part Three: Evidence of what?

From a genealogical standpoint, we can't talk about the topic of "evidence" without referring to documents. I chose a death certificate from 1951. …

New BYU Family History Library Videos up on YouTube.com

The Brigham Young University Family History Library has regular class room instruction and genealogy training videos are regularly uploaded to …

New Developments at findmypast.com

Findmypast.com has made two important announcements just as the #RootsTech Conference gets underway. The first involves a beneficial agreement with …

What Historical Fashion Choices Say About Your Ancestors

<i>Earlier this month, we put the call out to our Facebook community to submit photos for which they needed assistance dating with the help of</i> …

Millions of Scandinavian Records added to MyHeritage.com

An important announcement from MyHeritage.com stated as follows:<p>As of today, the entire 1930 Danish census (3.5 million records) is available online. …

Irish genealogy and history events, 28 Oct to 8 Nov

<b>Tuesday 28 October:</b> <i>Family history research using the Internet,</i> with Boyd Gray. Host: Coleraine Brance of the North of Ireland Family History Society. …

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Seven Solid Rules for Genealogy and Family History

<b>Seven Solid Rules for Genealogy and Family History</b><p>I recently read a thoughtful and thought-provoking blog post by Dr. Steven Lubar, a professor in …

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