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This Hidden Feature in Google Docs Will Help You Research Your Ancestors - Woman Typing

Google is an integral part of modem genealogical research. Whether we're conducting a search, reading archived material, taking notes or scanning photos, many of us have come to count on Google's free tools. But there's one research tool that gets missed all too often by family historians because it is hidden inside of Google's well-known word processing tool, Docs.

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Who Counts as Family in a Family Tree Who to Add and Who to Leave Out

The term family tree is defined as "a diagram showing the relationships between people in several generations of a family." Add your parents, grandparents and great grandparents and you're well on your way to building your own tree. But, as we all know, family is an incredibly complex concept with biological, legal, social and emotional elements. And, for this reason, the question of who counts as family in a family tree is far from simple. 

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As you dive deeper into your family history you will likely run across terminology that you have not seen before or that you may not fully understand. Even those of us who have made history a profession will sometimes run across terms that are no longer used or that have a specific application that's unfamiliar. This guide explores confusing military terms from the Civil War and the American Revolution to help you with your genealogy research.

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6 Uncommon Places to Find a Missing Birth Date for Your Ancestor

We all have those ancestors who make us want to pull our hair out. You know, the ones we just can’t find key pieces of information about - like a birth or death date? Locating a date of birth can be especially difficult because oftentimes only ages are listed on old records. And even on records that usually do list a birth date this detail is sometimes left blank because the informant didn't have the needed information (this is...

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