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The ethics of criticism

Being nice versus being right The genealogical community is a small one, as communities go. And, as with any small pond, something that makes waves is going to attract a lot more attention in our community than, say, even the largest-ever-built ocean liner would make...

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RootsTech party

The party after the party RootsTech is a party for genealogists. Seriously. It’s going to be at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 8-11, 2017, and it has more than 200 breakout sessions for all levels of experience so that the biggest...

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From the Roots of a Tree

The genealogy of a national hero Yesterday — January 15, 2017 — would have been the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born 15 January 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. And those of us old enough to remember know only too well that he died 4 April...

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DNA basics for a sound foundation

Building a sturdy genetic genealogy house If we want to build a sturdy house, we have to have a sound foundation. It’s that sound foundation on which everything else is built: the walls, the floors, the roof all depend on having a sound foundation. So when we...

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Through the years

A grandmother’s — and a family’s — life They are the enduring treasures of any family. The photos of those who have gone before. And — even better — the words of those who have gone before, in their own hand. The Legal...

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