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Genealogy Pet Peeves: Useless Sources

These two pet peeves are somewhat related, but they occur on different websites. On FamilySearch, I see a lot of information added to the tree with the notation “GEDcom data.” What that means is that the contributor was working from … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Gratitude

I am thankful for a lot of things this Thanksgiving week, but this is a genealogy post, so I’m going to focus on that side of my life. I’m grateful for…. The many online resources that those aforementioned cousins didn’t … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Good Deed

I heard a story about my dad, Bill Hahn, at his funeral. I may not remember it exactly, but the idea of it remains strong in my mind. The minister, Mark Dees, recalled that, one day, he and my dad … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Different Language (Postcards from Germany, Part 2)

I don’t remember when I first learned that one of my ancestors was from Germany. For a long time I would get confused as to whether it was my great-grandfather or my great-great grandfather. Now I know it was the … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Bearded

Sometimes things that we take for granted go by the wayside over time. They may even be banned or restricted. I’m thinking of beards in the U.S. Navy. Going back a bit, my two grandfathers, Hoyt Cook and Charlie Hahn, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Scary Stuff

When I was in high school, I was just going to bed one night when I heard a sound out the window. We had a greenhouse right up against the house, and I could just imagine someone lurking around out … Continue reading

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More Effective Use of DNA for Genealogy

If you’ve taken a DNA test for the purposes of learning more about your family tree, breaking through brick walls, and finding long lost cousins, you may be able to take steps that will improve your results. USE YOUR BIRTH … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Quite the Character

I’ve written about Pap-pa – my mother’s father, Hoyt Cook – several times before. About his different lines of work, about how he achieved prosperity, and about the practical joke he played on me (and a ‘possum). I’m writing about … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Oldest

One of the oldest records that I’ve found for an ancestor is a pension file for my fourth great-grandfather George Cook. Finding the record didn’t take a whole lot of effort. I talked my mom into giving me a subscription … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Should Be A Movie

Some posts for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge come easy. I see the prompt and I know instantly the story I want to tell. Other times, like Week 39: Should Be a Movie, I find myself … Continue reading

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