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Genealogy “Matches”

I’m thinking that the phrase “genealogy matches” should be replaced with “genealogy possibilities.” The word “matches” suggests to some that you’ve automatically got the right person in a different record. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. You possibly have the right person. It’s up to you to analyze and interpret to be as certain […]

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Webinar: Female Ancestors

Researching Female Ancestors We are no longer taking registrants for the live session of this presentation. If you did not receive attendance links, please email me at the address in your receipt. Thanks. This presentation discusses approaches and techniques for determining an ancestor’s maiden name and locating “missing” females. Geared towards the advanced beginner or […]

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Homicide Justified

I’ve been working on the murder of a slave in Bedford County, Virginia, in the 1810/1811 time frame off and on for some time. Newspaper accounts only indicate the last name of the man involved and I’m working on determining exactly who he is. We’ve mentioned the case before, but it’s been on my genealogical […]

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Birth Place Search of DNA Match Trees Not Working at AncestryDNA

Searching the trees of matches at AncestryDNA for specific places of birth is a great feature–if it works. As of 10 October 2019, this feature appeared to have some functionality issues–translation: it’s not working. I searched my own matches for Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois. Given my ancestral background, I should get results. It’s where three […]

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Do Not Suggest Anything Secondary–Yeah, Get Real

I’ve used a version of this discrepancy chart in several lectures and presentations over the years. Only once has it gotten a strong negative reaction when a gentleman approached me and said: You should not be suggesting people use secondary details in their search. You should be looking for this woman’s birth certificate. Having issued […]

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