Author Archives: genealogysleuth


I have now been introduced to Ancestry family trees. They are extremely creative. I am pretty sure it is inappropriate to use “genealogy” and “Ancestry family trees” in the same sentence. I am amused by all the “hints” which lead … Continue reading

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When I first saw FindMyPast I was particularly struck by the maps which show you the person’s location on that census. I could see many uses for that. And the census maps in FindMyPast would be useful — IF they … Continue reading

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Birth Certificates

Birth certificates have gone big time. Everyone wants to see your birth certificate. Like genealogists they see them as accurate proof of birth. I am looking at a certificate of birth issued by the State of Illinois. Dwight H. Green … Continue reading

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Death Certificates

It’s good genealogical practice to collect as much documentation as you can and certainly of critical facts. Birth and death are some of those critical facts. So we dutifully go to the courthouse or write or call and we spend … Continue reading

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The Genealogy Police

There is a lot of jabber in the blogs now about fantasy genealogy. I agree there is a lot of it out there. As I have written before, my line back to Adam can be found online, free even. The … Continue reading

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Grave terms of use | The Legal Genealogist

Grave terms of use | The Legal Genealogist If you are thinking of contributing to a graves web site read this blog by attorney and genealogist Judy G. Russell. Ancestor Hunting

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There were three brothers who went to Illinois. Most genealogists will tell you if it starts with “there were three brothers” or a descent from an Indian princess or royalty it is likely fantasy genealogy. Not so fast. David Clark … Continue reading

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Mapping My Ancestors

Mapping your family’s historical residences comes up from time to time. Recently blogger Randy Seaver wrote about it in his Genea-Musings. Genealogist Lisa Louise Cooke did an excellent webinar on the subject for RootsMagic. I have her  CD set “Google Earth … Continue reading

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Android Genealogy

Way back when I had a Palm which I loved. I had three before Palm stopped making the organizers. I tried other things but it was years before I found an iPod Touch. I have since added an iPad. I … Continue reading

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FamilySearch Family Tree

You’ve been wanting access to FamilySearch Family Tree, right? The link tells you how: Be careful what you wish for though. I’ve been on it for about a year and, frankly, it’s a major mess. Here’s what James Tanner has … Continue reading

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