Family Tree Maker software updates and news

If you are wondering about the status of your Family Tree Maker software, here is an email that I received today. Please note that FTM has been purchased by MacKiev software company and isn’t going away! I’m still using it…
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Don’t rely on transcriptions of documents for your research. Study the original and you may find loads of information.

Last week, I was in a bit of a hurry. Researching on the fly is never a good idea. One doesn’t do one’s best work that way. What was I doing wrong? Failing to study a document for myself when…
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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING 13 Slaves Owned By Thomas Pace

I follow a Facebook page called, I’ve Traced My Ancestor’s Slaveholders. Not surprisingly, it is primarily geared towards African-Americans who are working to determine the names of the slave masters who had owned their ancestors. Some Caucasians, such as myself, belong…
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“I’m an adoptee. Can you help me find my bio parents?”

Yes, it IS possible for you to find them! The use of genetic genealogy— defined as DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogy to trace lineages—has transformed the ability of adoptees, those with an unknown father, and donor-conceived individuals, or…
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Don’t skip searching newspaper archives– you’ll be amazed at what find!

OH, THE JOY OF FINDING THOSE VALUABLE LITTLE DETAILS ABOUT THE LIVES OF YOUR ANCESTORS! Sure, you can look at marriage certificates and death certificates to find data about your family member, but a wonderful way to discover fun facts…
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Madness Monday: Which Angus Currie (Born Abt. 1770 in Scotland) married Florah McDuffie and which Angus Currie (Born Abt. 1770 in Scotland) married Flora Currie?

I have a puzzle for this issue of Madness Monday (And, yes, I realize that today is a Thursday!). Various researchers of Angus Currie, born about 1770 in Colonsay, Argyll, Scotland, show this SAME man being married to TWO different women…
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Today’s Discovery: My Newfound Facebook Friend (and Cousin) Who Lives In England and My College Friend (From Back In The ’80s) Are Related To Each Other.

It is stated that if you go far enough back in time, for enough generations, you will find that we’re all related. So true. However, it IS fun to make the connections and figure out exactly where and how certain…
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Checking Out http://gliesians.com, Genealogy Utilities

Yesterday, I received a comment on my blog from Robert Liguori, president of Gliesian, LLC Data Science Services, asking me to check out his website. I told him that I would. Intrigued, I headed over to http://gliesians.com and took a…
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Help With Archaic Occupation Abbreviations in Census Records

What in the world does an “NG” do for a living? Today, I looked at a copy of the 1900 Lowndes, Valdosta, GA census record for an ancestor: Thomas Jones. In the record, his occupation is listed as “NG.” Nowhere…
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Generation 2: Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens (b.1823 – d.1871)

Henry Monroe “Hamp” Stephens– my third great-grandfather. Henry Monroe Stephens was born 03 Feb 1823, supposedly in Tattnall, Georgia. He died 15 Aug 1871 in Hamilton, Florida. His parents are believed to have been Henry Stephens and Elizabeth () (last…
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