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I’ve started a new website over at FiveMinuteFamilyHistory.com to encourage us all to work on family history for a few minutes each day (or maybe four times a week, let’s be realistic).  Come on over for frequent prompts and organizational … Continue reading

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Writing the history of a family isn’t all about visiting graveyards, or sneezing your way through hours of research in dusty archives.  For most of us family history is around us everyday, but few of us think to get out … Continue reading

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What a Card!

Chances are if you have an old box of family photos there are a few cards de visite and/or cabinet cards in there.   These paper prints started to appear in the U. S. right around the beginning of the Civil … Continue reading

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To continue the ponderings of the last post…. There’s a Gwyneth Paltrow movie from the late 90s called SLIDING DOORS that rides on the theme of the fraught nexus. Paltrow’s character is running to catch a train and the door … Continue reading

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What if Great-Grandpa Had Missed the Train?

What if….? It’s a question hard-wired into a fiction writer’s brain.  And it’s one of the reasons I got hooked on family history research.  What if my four times great grandfather had decided he liked England just fine, thank you … Continue reading

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One Ancestor at a Time…

For lots of folks the hardest part about delving into a family history is trying to figure out how to begin.   It’s daunting.  Do you go backward or forward?   Start with yourself or your most distant known progenitor  (biological ancestor)?  … Continue reading

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Genealogists–real genealogists-have a plethora of tools at their disposal , knowledge, training, tenacity and the ability to dicipher the chicken-scrawl on old documents and records among them.  As an amateur in the field of family history research I fall short … Continue reading

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When the tintype came into use in the mid-1850s the conventions of photography loosened.  Photographic portraits were now within economic reach to almost everyone.  And the exposure time had shortened so that the stiff, unsmiling style of the earlier types … Continue reading

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