Monthly Archives: February 2012

The twenty-ninth’s twists and turns I’m usually one of the last people to notice things like, oh, an extra day tucked into the year here and there. But I surprised myself this year by actually realizing, in advance, that, yep, … Continue reading

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A beer bust leads a widow into probate court Reader Margie Beldin found a probate file for her great great grandfather Francis (Frank) McHugh’s estate in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. And came away from the documents with more questions than answers. … Continue reading

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Just 35 more days to the 1940 census… I was a little distracted Saturday when I usually post about my own family, so I’m going to do a little bit of catching up here. And what I wanted to say … Continue reading

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Science and WDYTYA’s “10th” cousin Okay, this time it isn’t Ancestry’s commercials that annoyed me in Friday night’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? but rather the science used by Ancestry in the show itself. I have a … Continue reading

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The making of a Certified Genealogist℠ Prehistoric times – end of 2009. Maybe I’ll go for certification someday. When I get a round tuit. And since nobody sells a round tuit, at least not one in my choice of styles … Continue reading

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What’s a country to do when it doesn’t have a navy? You’re at war. The other side is a big naval power. And you don’t have a navy. What’s a country to do? Contract for one, that’s what. And it … Continue reading

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Saving access to the SSDI is up to you and me, and four of our friends. If the genealogical community loses the fight over access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI, also called the Death Master File), in large … Continue reading

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Part Latin, Part French. All Confusing. The language of the law includes abbreviations! Back roughly a kazillion years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was a baby genealogist, I discovered that my legal education didn’t do a whole … Continue reading

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Tracing an ancestor in America’s first prisoner of war camps Reader Fran Jackson is looking for any information or legal documents that might exist about a sixth great grandfather who served time and was later released and settled in Albemarle … Continue reading

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No, really, honestly, the fact that it’s on the Internet doesn’t mean you can copy it. One of the biggest legal issues we genealogists confront on a day-to-day basis is the issue of copyright protection. I have a few questions … Continue reading

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