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Who are Jane Grady’s parents?

Many researchers run into several generations using the same name where records, like the census, do not clearly identify each person. When that happens you need to find other records to help identify who is who.

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Got my DNA results

Well, the autosomal DNA test did surprise me. Britsh Isles, check. Scananavian, um I guess. Those Vikings were all over the place a thousand years ago. Central Asian…. um, what? I'm guessing more invasions out of the Steppes into Europe. … Continue reading

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Genealogy DNA

So I finally took a DNA test to see what it might find. The test won't result in a research breakthrough but it could be interesting anyway. I've got enough generations that I'm certain my ancestors are all from the … Continue reading

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Tax Records Never Die

Okay, maybe not "never", but tax records have a habit of surviving when other records don't. I'm not sure why but if you have run out of census records you should look to the tax office. A tax record won't … Continue reading

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How to Get Started Researching

Researching your family history is a marathon, not a sprint. Start with that assumption and you be less frustrated when your research bumps into the inevitable “brick wall”. I started in November 1993 when the local computer software store offered … Continue reading

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1858 Lake Ames Bradford County Map Pages Posted

The 1858 Bradford County, Pennsylvania map from actual surveys from LAKE AMES & DAVISON pages are all online now. A few townships need to be transcribed but the maps are available again and most of the residents are listed. 

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Started adding 1858 Lake Ames map of Bradford County, PA

I started adding the 1858 Bradford County, Pennsylvania map from actual surveys from LAKE AMES & DAVISON pages this week. The website log is showing many people looking for the town/township maps – and lists of residents – from this … Continue reading

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A ‘blind inquiry’ helps get results when you get stuck

A blind inquiry is any letter or website post to help you find new information about your current research problem. It's "blind" because you don't know the person you're writing to.  Have you ever posted a question online that got no … Continue reading

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23 Jun 2012 Update

I am working to replace all of the pages that used to be here. Had to work out some template issues first though. I now have a "page not found" log so I can see what information people are looking … Continue reading

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Do you research collateral lines?

What's a "collateral line"? Most genealogy researchers focus on their direct blook line. A collateral line is a different branch; your cousins are collateral from your direct line. The key part is that your line and your cousin's line will … Continue reading

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