Category Archives: Digging for genealogical gold

Genetic genealogy: why more DNA is better

Genetic genealogy-- More is BetterGenetically speaking, my sisters and I are all half Mom and half Dad, right? DNA 101. So, only one of us needs to do a DNA test, and then we’ll all know our ethnic origins, correct? . . . OK, I confess I never took DNA 101. But thanks to AncestryDNA, I have learned the answer is no (at least when it comes to autosomal DNA). The more family members you test, the fuller the picture of your genetic genealogy will become.

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Citing sources: the Desktop Dilemma series

Desktop dilemma -- citing sourcesThis newest installment of the Desktop Dilemma series takes up the question of how the Big Three genealogy desktop software packages handle citing sources. How easy do they make it to leave an effective bread-crumb trail back to where you found your facts?


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Techniques, archives & graduation: IGHR Friday (6 of 6)

The classroom buzzed this morning as we turned in our class projects and absorbed a few more hours of vital education. Earning our certificates of completion, we departed eager to practice what we’ve learned. Proudly, we are at last qualified  for the coveted Advanced Methodology course. Hopefully many of us will meet again there next July. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
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Newspapers, land, and courts: IGHR Thursday (5 of 6)

IGHR Diary Day 5Thursday at IGHR, we learned to get smart about finding clues in newspapers. We examined the acquisition of lands and the federal, state, and local records that emerged. We explored wills, the intestate, and the path through probate — a path to some of genealogy’s most valuable gems. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)

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Death, taxes & the “reasonably exhaustive” standard: IGHR Wednesday (4 of 6)

IGHR Diary -- Day 4Wednesday at IGHR brought a breadth of instruction. The intricacies of tax records, creative substitutes for the “vital records,” the layers of military records, and that question that plagues all GEGs: what is “reasonably exhaustive” research? (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)
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Immigration, naturalization, and genetic genealogy: IGHR Tuesday (3 of 6)

IGHR Day ThreeThe GEGs of IGHR Course 2 became very animated and inquisitive as two of genealogy’s most respected thinkers gave today’s lectures. John Philip Colletta taught us about ship travel and naturalization records. Blaine Bettinger took up the question of DNA in genealogical research. We had questions and more questions. (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.)

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Genealogy skills to FAN clusters: IGHR Monday (2 of 6)


IGHR Diary -- Day Two: Genealogy FAN clusters and essential skillsToday we gathered for the intermediate course at IGHR 2016 — a genuine GEG fest. A room full of people who want to do genealogy right. Our lectures included genealogy’s essential skills, power search techniques, and the now-universal FAN concept — or “cluster research.” (This diary began at Sunday’s Orientation.) Continue reading Genealogy skills to FAN clusters: IGHR Monday (2 of 6)

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Genealogy course diary, IGHR 2016 (1 of 6)

IGHR Genealogy Course Diary_Day OneLast summer, a genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) set me on the GEG-bound journey. Worth every hour and every dollar, it proved something important to me: the wholly self-taught genealogist is doing it the hard way. 

 

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Welcome to the golden quest of the GEG-bound

A day comes when genealogy — America’s second-favorite “hobby” after gardening — becomes more than a hobby to you. No longer content with a pastime of quick-and-easy ancestral tree climbing, you find yourself getting serious about doing  this right. Like a growing number of us, you’re on the road to becoming a bonafide Golden Egg Genealogist™. You’re GEG-bound.

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