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  1. Family Tree Template Finder: Free Printable Charts for Genealogy

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    Looking for a family tree template for your genealogy research, class project or to frame as a gift? We’ve done our research and come up with some free printable and interactive family tree templates that are perfect for just about any need. From interactive pedigree charts to simple trees designed...
  2. Four Reasons Not to Write Down Your Life Story

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    Most of my father’s life story is lost forever.  I always meant to write it down, and he always said he would do it—but when we finally made time to do it together, he died not long after we started.  I would give a king’s ransom to know more details...
  3. A Little More Accuracy? Estimating the Year of Birth

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    Ever wondered why so many of those calculated years of birth from censuses are so consistently wrong by a year or so?  For example, you know your great-grandfather, George, was born in May 1895 but Ancestry, FamilySearch and the others say it was 1896 because he was age 44 in...
  4. Getting Beneath the Surface of Your Family History

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    David McCulloch, who won Pulitzer Prizes for his books on Harry Truman and John Adams, knows how to write a good life story. Says McCulloch, “I believe very strongly that the essence of writing is to know your subject…to get beneath the surface.” As you create your personal or family...
  5. A Young Man With a Past

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    He was the last person I would ever have expected to be interested in genealogy—and what I found out about his roots was the last thing I would have guessed. It was late 2011 and I needed a new genealogy project.  My husband had mentioned my hobby at the manufacturing...
  6. You are Number One on the Pedigree Chart

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    The Pedigree or Ancestral Chart is a summary of your family at a glance.  It contains basic information about each maternal and paternal generation of your family.  Whether you are just beginning your family history or reviewing your research, your pedigree chart is the guide to your family tree. For...
  7. Stop Researching and Start Writing Your Family History Book

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    How much research is enough? Do you know genealogists who say, “I want to write a family history book, but I need to finish my research first?” Somehow they never get to their book. More research leads to new avenues of information that should be explored. They charge off seeking...
  8. Ancestry Binders Bring Joy to Those with Memory Loss

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    Thanks to Susan Wallin Mosey for sharing this guest post. I had an epiphany this week, with the help of my co-worker Robin.  Here it is:  Ancestry binders can be wonderful gifts for those who have the memory loss that old-age dementia brings. It makes sense, really…  It’s common knowledge...
  9. Interview with National Genealogical Society President Jordan Jones

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    Many thanks to National Genealogical Society President Jordan Jones for taking the time to answer our questions about conducting genealogical research.  FHD: What inspired you to become interested in genealogy originally? I received genealogical information — a compiled family history, and an Antebellum family Bible — from older family members...
  10. Genealogy Begins at Home

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    It’s a new year and you have a new hobby—genealogy. The first question a new researcher asks is, “Where do I begin?” Answers may range from Internet subscription sites, purchasing computer software or employing a professional researcher. Those are all good answers, but genealogy begins at home. You may be...

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