Author Archives: Judy G. Russell

Not a “potential descendant” Dear AncestryDNA, No, actually, I’m not a “potential descendant” of Simon Shew. I don’t know how I can make it any clearer in my family tree — and I don’t know that you’d care if I … Continue reading

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Putting names to faces A little less of a mystery. A little more of one. Until last night they were, simply, Gretel and Adelheid. I knew that they were sisters to my grandmother — children of Carsten H. W. Nuckel … Continue reading

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Registration deadlines coming up fast In just a little less than two weeks, genealogists will converge on Burbank, California, for what anyone who’s ever been there will agree is one of the most fun genealogy conferences around: the Southern California … Continue reading

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One more set identified As those who joined The Legal Genealogist and Legacy Family Tree Webinars yesterday for “Martha Benschura: Enemy Alien” know now, when the United States entered World War I, a new rule was imposed on citizens of … Continue reading

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Military naturalizations It’s a single volume in the records of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Volume 122, it is, of the naturalization records of the court.1 On the left hand inside cover is … Continue reading

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Three states, one case Probate records are among the best genealogical records that exist. When there is a will, it’s usually the case that the deceased names family members who are to receive his property after his death and does … Continue reading

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Free webinar tomorrow Genealogists tend to be the storytellers of the family. The ones who ferret out, record, and pass on the details. But how do we do that — and do it well? What’s needed in the story to … Continue reading

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Overreaction It was probably inevitable the moment the very first headline appeared online, inaccurately accusing Ancestry of handing over DNA data without a court order. That never happened, but the mere accusation that it did was enough. And the entire … Continue reading

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Updated edition available late May One of the key elements of doing genealogy the right way is making sure we cite our sources. It’s not just to make sure we can follow the breadcrumbs back to wherever we found a … Continue reading

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Some things to look forward to It can be really hard, on the days when a major genealogical conference is going on halfway across the continent, to be stuck at home, at work, away from all the fun. And it … Continue reading

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