Category Archives: Genealogy

January 14, 1986 – A Day That Changed My Life

Update: In response to a Facebook question, yes this is a real event and it happened to me. I left out how much pain was involved in removing the cath or the threat of putting it back in due to … Continue reading

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Interesting Take on Find-A-Grave Update

I saw this link,, in a Facebook group. 1) Ad-heavy interface – I agree wholeheartedly. Way too many ads on the new site. If Ancestry is trying to kill Find-A-Grave, they couldn’t have chosen a better way than too many … Continue reading

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Limited Post-1940 U.S. Census Access

I recently found out that in certain cases we can order federal census records for 1950 – 2010. First, you can only order these census records for yourself, as an heir, or legal representative. If the person is deceased, you … Continue reading

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MyHeritage DNA Ethnic Update and Chromosome Browser

As mentioned on MyHeritage’s blog, here’s a brief blurb from the blog: We’re excited to announce major updates and improvements to DNA Matching rolled out today for all our users. Anyone who took a MyHeritage DNA test, and anyone … Continue reading

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RootsWeb Still Off-line And Going To Be For a While

I tried to find a US GenWeb Kentucky county site, but it’s on RootsWeb and I received the following message: RootsWeb is currently unavailable We have been in the process of improving the site throughout 2017, and as a result … Continue reading

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Cautions About DNA Testing Results

I give presentations about genealogical DNA on a regular basis. I also belong to way too many DNA groups on Facebook. One of the things I see in those groups and sometimes in audience questions involves expectations. For adoptees or … Continue reading

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Social Security Numbers and Social Security Death Index

I was going to post this in response to a Facebook comment, but decided it deserved a place on my blog. The question was raised about when Social Security Numbers SSNs) were first issued. This isn’t as easy an answer … Continue reading

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