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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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Finding Noentje…Err Lena

Noentje Lena Grass had been one of those immigrant ancestors I could never find on a manifest. Virtually all of my Ostfriesen ancestors have been found–and I have over twenty who immigrated between 1850 and 1883. I think I’ve located the Backemoor, Ostfriesland, native in the New York Passenger lists. Years ago when I searched, […]

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DNA Painter and GEdMatch Webinar-Revised

This session focuses on the free aspects of DNA Painter at http://www.dnapainter.com. This is an updated presentation–we have given presentations on DNAPainter before and if you ordered that earlier presentation please note this one is similar to that one. We will discuss downloading matching data from DNA sites, painting your DNA matches, finding match data, […]

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The Missing George Trautvetter: Part II

All transcriptions are not created equally. That’s one reason why it’s important to know from where the image being used was created. The card in our earlier post was from George Trautvetter’s Compiled Military Service Record (the record was created as a summary of Trautvetter’s service in Company H, 15th Infantry Volunteers Missouri Infantry and […]

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An Added Search Feature

There are several genealogical data vendors who release databases as they are “in progress.” This is fine and good. However, it would be nice if those databases allowed us to somehow search the “new” material or data uploaded since a certain point in time. If that cannot be done, at least the ability to mark […]

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Declaring Their Intent at 336 East 115th Street, Chicago

Databases and indexes have their limitations. Items can be overlooked. Names can be transcribed incorrectly. Putting those problems aside (while not forgetting them), databases created from original records can afford us the opportunity to make discoveries that would be nearly impossible if a manual search of the records were necessary. Databases can save a great […]

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What Is It?

It can be difficult sometimes to know exactly what you are looking at. That difficulty can be compounded when an image has been copied and shared by someone whose excitement in locating something has surpassed their concern about remembering when and where something was located. This also assumes that the person who located something realized […]

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