Author Archive: Julie

My 1927 Daughters of the American Revolution Insignia Pin

Last year, a cousin of mine walked up to me at a family funeral and handed me a little blue box as a gift. I opened it. Inside was a priceless item—priceless to me at least. Emotionally priceless. It was…
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30 Questions to Use for Family History Interviews

30 Questions– A top priority for any family historian should be to preserve the oral history and stories of the persons in their lives still living, including parents, aunts and uncles, and especially elderly grandparents or great-grandparents. Taking the time…
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Easy Tips for Tracing Your Family Tree

If the idea of creating a family tree brings you nothing but bewilderment, let me help you get started with my beginner’s tips to finding your ancestors. Together, we’ll build that tree.   Gather What You Already Have: An easy starting…
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10 Websites Where You Can Build Your Digital Family Tree for Free

Tracing your family back for centuries can be prohibitively expensive, especially if you are needing to travel to distant locales to search for historical records. However, billions of records are now publicly available online and, fortunately, many of the companies…
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‘Mapiful’ Lets You Easily Create Your Own Custom Map Poster.

Check out Mapiful! I just discovered a very cool website. It’s called ‘Mapiful.’ The site provides the technology to quickly and easily create a beautiful 24″ x 18″ poster highlighting any location in the world. This would make a wonderful gift for any…
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My Puerto Rican Family Members Have Native American and African Blood in Them. And Bulgarian. And Romanian. How Does That Happen?

The use of genetic genealogy—in other words, DNA testing– has exploded in the past few years. Around the world, curious seekers are spitting into tubes and swabbing cheeks to help determine their heritage and find genetic cousins. Recently, three family…
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RootsTech 2016: I’m Meeting Betsy There. I Haven’t Seen Betsy Since 1984.

        In February of 2016, the sixth annual RootsTech national genealogy conference will be held in Salt Lake City. Last year’s event hosted almost 24,000 attendees. This coming year, I will be one of them. I’m excited….
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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 1: John Louis Laramore

In January 2014, blogger Amy Johnson Crow issued a challenge to readers called The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. The idea is to write about a specific ancestor each week for 52 weeks, to hopefully inspired blogger to write…
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Oak Grove Genealogy— the Story Behind the Name

Oak Grove Genealogy. The story. Picking a name for a blog is a bit daunting of an experience. Some of the existing sites have fun and whimsical names running across their banners, such as “(Mis)Adventures Of A Genealogist.” Some stem…
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The Little ‘Pace’ Girl Learns to Love Family History

My middle name is ‘Pace.’ I hated that name as a child. Little girls love to go around asking everybody what their fuuuull name is and when I would get to the part of my middle name being Pace—well, the…
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