St. Patrick’s Day

Of course, I'm Irish

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, everyone is Irish, if just for a day. I thought it would be fun to take a closer look at St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps the only holiday where regular folks lie about their national ancestry.  Genealogy is about digging deeper to expose the folklore and myths of our origin… Continue reading

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Should I use a DNA test kit?

DNA test kit

DNA Test Kit   So, you are thinking about using a DNA test kit to further your genealogical research.  Before you swab your cheek, and drop it in the mailbox; there are a few things you might want to consider. One important question to think about is  “Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule protect genetic information?” … Continue reading

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How to Search a Cemetery, Respectfully

How To Search A Cemetery, Respectfully When it comes to locating a relative or ancestor in a cemetery there are a few things I’ll call “cemetery manners” or “cemetery etiquette” that I believe everyone should know.  Here are a few tips on how to search a cemetery, along with some do’s and don’ts.   To… Continue reading

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How to Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing – Part Three

Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing Part Three In your family history detective work, you should strive to avoid pitfalls.  The family discovery you put out is just plain wrong.  You have published as fact – information on the wrong family, family lore or myth.   Question. How could I have been so… Continue reading

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How to Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing – Part Two

Avoid Pitfalls In Family History Discovery and Sharing Part Two In your family history detective work, you should strive to avoid pitfalls.  In the first scenario we talked about an experience in which you share your findings online and suddenly you find that you have been cut off from that newly discovered family tree.  When… Continue reading

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