Author: mjnrootdig

Interviewing Grandma

[reprinted from June of 2003]from the Ancestry Daily News  Michael John Neill – 6/4/2003 Interviewing GrandmaSummer, along with family trips and reunions, is quickly approaching. This week we take a short look at obtaining oral information from relatives. While its accuracy is sometimes questionable, for most of us oral history is a great starting point to […]

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Genealogy Is An Art

I was trained as a mathematician, so on one level the title of this post really bothers me. On the other hand, it is true-at least partially. It is also true that mathematics is an art as well. An art, grounded with rules, laws, theorems, and postulates. But even “art” has rules, rules of color, […]

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The Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the Family Tree Historical Atlas of Germany by James Beidler is worth approximately 120,000. The book contains approximately 120 historical maps of Germany and environs (particularly to the east of present-day Germany) showing political boundaries, changes in those boundaries, concentrations of various religious denominations, and a few […]

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When I Chart Out My Online Search Attempts

Online searches go better when they are organized. Organized searches increase the chance the the person of interest is found in the database and that, if they are not located, effective alternate search strategies can be conducted and the researcher can more easily problem-solve in an attempt to improve their results. Searching willy-nilly without keeping […]

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