Author: mjnrootdig

MedBetterDNA Google Chrome Extension for AncestryDNA Users

It could be said that it feels sometimes like AncestryDNA keeps quite a bit of our data from us. MedBetterDNA is another extension for Google Chrome that provides some additional functionality to the AncestryDNA results page. There are several things this extension allows us to do, but this is almost enough for me: the ability […]

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19th Century US Men?

I was reminded of the importance of searching the Bureau of Land Management website for 19th century ancestors. Potential ancestor Harrison Ramsey was born in the late 18th century and lived in Clinton County, Illinois, in the 1840s-1850s. He actually appears in the BLM database of federal land patents three times: once for a land […]

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Tightwad Genealogy Webinar

Recording released–order for immediate download. This presentation discusses a variety of ways that researchers can make more effective use of their genealogical research funds. This discussion will include, but not be limited to: Effective use of mailing lists, message boards, and Facebook groups Local societies and libraries Non-local Professionals versus locals “in the know” Alternate […]

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Teachers in the Yearbooks, Too!

It’s not just students that you may find in yearbooks in Ancestry.com‘s “U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1990.” There are teachers and other school employees as well. This 1941 Gridley, Illinois, yearbook from Gridley High School contains a picture of my great aunt, Margaret Habben. She taught in Gridley before enlisting in the Women’s Army Corps during World […]

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