Author: mjnrootdig

My Beginnings with AncestryDNA Circles: Part I

Note: This blog post will be corrected any known errors in fact are located or brought to my attention. Our discussion here is an attempt to be elementary in the explanation. AncestryDNA finally gave me some of the infamous “circles” on my results page. The circles are an attempt to group together DNA submissions who appear […]

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What to Do in Fort Wayne?

I was stymied about what families to work on during my trip to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, in August. The library has a wonderful collection of print materials as well as microfilmed copies of National Archives records, microfilm copies of many city directories, and a scattering of microfilmed copies of […]

Gaps in My Immigrant Knowledge

I know I knew it at one point in time, but it can be easy to forget things for a variety of reasons. I’m re-reading Sonya Salamon’s Prairie Patrimony: Family, Farming, and Community in the Midwest (Studies in Rural Culture) as a means of re-familiarizing myself with certain concepts for a variety of personal and professional reasons. […]

The Truth of the Newspaper

It is not always true because it is in print. In  Fields, Fens and Felonies: Crime and Justice in Eighteenth-Century East Anglia (2016 Waterside Press, United Kingdom), Gregory Durston writes in his introduction that “newspapers were usually reasonably reliable when it came to reporting the basic facts of a case and its outcome…” (p. 17). He goes on […]

Beginning German Genealogy Webinar Released

This session focuses on starting your German research. The session will include an overview of German genealogical sources (both online and offline), naming patterns and concerns, maps and other geographic finding aids, basics of terminology and handwriting, and more. Intended for those who have not really started researching their German ancestors in Germany. Download is immediate. […]