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With Sadness, I Bid Farewell to My Dear Friend, Ruth Ellen Maness
Ruth Ellen Maness

It is my privilege and honor to call Ruth a friend. She has been my friend for many years. I have watched her befriend and mentor so many others as well. I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it was at the Family History Library, where she spent so many hours, weeks, […] … Read entire article »

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Why is Genealogy Research in Kentucky such a Challenge?
Why is Genealogy Research in Kentucky such a Challenge?

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Kentucky is a difficult place to trace a family tree–this state is the daughter of Virginia and thus you would think the genealogy sources are endless. There is less record loss than Virginia has suffered. The Colonial period when first settlement occurred was shorter and probably less traumatic, even though […] … Read entire article »

Those Who Ignore History are Bound to Repeat It (including genealogists)
Those Who Ignore History are Bound to Repeat It (including genealogists)

By James L. Tanner The actual quote, which I have used before in posts, is “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” See George Santayana 16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain. Here is the entire quote: Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains […] … Read entire article »

Happy Mother’s Day with Dutch Apple Cake
Happy Mother’s Day with Dutch Apple Cake

My mother-in-law, Betty, gave me a wonderful gift one year. It was an old ledger with dates beginning in 1877. It is filled with details on lost animals and damages they had caused. It lists responsible party names and fines paid. All great genealogical evidence of days gone by. In the back pages, that were […] … Read entire article »

Ready, Set, G.O. (Get Organized)
Ready, Set, G.O. (Get Organized)

Organization is truly a key to success, especially in family history work. It can help you avoid getting lost in mounds of paperwork, doing the same research over and over again, or missing something that’s hiding right under your nose. Even if you already have a beautifully organized family history, you still need a place […] … Read entire article »

When Your World Crumbles
When Your World Crumbles

By Lorraine I. Quillon Many of my friends will be saddened to learn that I recently went through a divorce. It was a very painful experience and caused me an immense amount of shame and embarrassment. However, with time, I hope to be able to get over it. Before you panic and start worrying about […] … Read entire article »

PERSI and Its 8,000 Periodicals
PERSI and Its 8,000 Periodicals

By Holly T. Hansen What Is PERSI? The Periodical Source Index Commonly referred to as PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index to articles appearing in historical, genealogical, and ethnic publications. A periodical is a magazine, journal, or newsletter that is published weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annually. Simply, it is a […] … Read entire article »

Ask-the-Pros: Kinship Systems and Genealogy
Ask-the-Pros: Kinship Systems and Genealogy

By James L. Tanner Some of the online genealogy family tree programs accommodate different language naming patterns such as the difference between the pattern used in England and the pattern used in Spain, but few programs support the entry of kinship relationships. Because of this lack of support or even awareness of kinship relationships, there […] … Read entire article »

Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday
Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday

This week we are offering two unique Ask-the-Pros classes. Tomorrow, Friday morning, at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, we will kick off with a class on “Why Experts Search the Marriages First.” Then at 2:00 p.m. we will offer guidance on how “Experts Increase Research Success by Performing an Interim Analysis.” These classes can be […] … Read entire article »

The Kaleidoscope of My Mind
The Kaleidoscope of My Mind

By Lorraine I. Quillon It may be the weather (rainy and gray). It may be the fact that it is Monday morning. It may be the demands of multiple pleas for attention that has my brain flitting from one subject to the other as I try to get my mental bearings. Whatever the cause, I’m […] … Read entire article »