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Thread: Geneology

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    Super Member ssnare's Avatar
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    Anyone interested in genelogy? I have done it for 14 years. Maybe I can help you.

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    I love my family history and have worked at ours from time to time. It is a little like quilting...very addicting..I can't get into it right now because of all the things I have going on, but when I do...I just love it! It amazes me what is out there! I found out that my Great Grandfather was a Mayor...of a very small town, but I have a picture of him from a newspaper! I think it is very exciting!

    I will check back here to see how many are doing this...

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    Senior Member Panchita's Avatar
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    I've done genealogy for probably the past 15 years - I agree with Treasureit, it's addictive!
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    My dad had done much on our family from the 1960s. I started working on my husband's because he didn't know much about a grandfather. He was born in 1861 and died in 1908. All we knew was his name. With my searching I found his parents' names and that he had 7 siblings. I found many cousins both in the US and Canada. I have queries posted on several sites trying to find more.

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    I'm trying to find my roots but since I have very little to go by I'm finding it hard to find anything without going to those sites you have to pay for. Maybe we need a genealogy board, too? I have no idea how to get any information about my grandfather (born in the 1880's) or my grandmother. All I have is their names and the day they each died. I'd love to have some help!

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    What is your specialty in genealogy? What type of searching (locations, etc) are you particulary adept at? Thank you for your kind offer.
    I have been working on my husband's paternal line. I have been able to trace back to the early 1800's and hit a snag. By "Googling" a live relative's name I was able to contact another branch of the tree and have been having a grand time communicating with the relative's daughter. She's filling me in on personal stories. Because her history has come down by family ties and mine is coming through news, census and military on line searches we have something to share with each other.
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    Right now I have the nice lady in Waco looking for my mom's bio parents. Everything was (we think) handled by the delivering doctor, so not holding out much hope. And yes, addictive!!!!!
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    I'm an off and on-er...I'll work on some research for a bit, then stop. Family Tree Maker has FINALLY come out with a version for Mac, so I'm working on getting all my stuff moved over. I did just purchase a book called "Dollarhide Numbering for Genealogists". I've yet to find a numbering system that would encompass ALL family members, not just direct ancestors, so I'm hoping this is what I need. My biggest hurdle is staying organized...I get off on a tear and EVERYTHING just sort of piles up...Hopefully between the new numbering system and converting to FTM for Mac will get me back on track
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    Our oldest Daughter worked several years on ours, she managed to find get a picture of my Great Grandparents from a distant cousin in Canada. No way could I have gotten it any other way. We learned so much about our ancesters, Grand kids are not interested now, maybe when they get older.
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    I have been doing genealogy for some time. I love it.
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    I use ancestry.com, familysearch.org, findagrave.com and seekingmichigandeaths.com. I have found amazing things working on this. Very addicting and fun.
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    The GenWeb sites is where I have also found a lot of information. Each state has one. The Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa have decent Civil War information--these are the states I've looked in--if you are searching for CW info.
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    I've been doing genealogy since the late 90's. I've discovered so much, but the best part has been all the distant cousins I've had the privilege to meet all over the country. Some in person and some by email only, but it has been incredibly rewarding. As for ancestors, many of them are quite illusive, but that's part of the fun of trying to put together the puzzle!
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    I've been so lucky in genealogy, I've found cousins willing to share photos, and a distant cousin in Missouri who posted on find a grave. I've hit a few snags, my ancestor James Armstrong (1750-1805) was born in scotland and passed in Kentucky. I have journal writings from his grandson (my gg-gf) who was obviously feeling like the last one left and wrote about his brothers and sisters and a few other relatives -(the stories are great to have!!) I'm so lucky to have the transcribed versions of these but would love to have actual copies. I spoke to the relative who has these but she's in her 80's and didn't seem to want to dig them out of any boxes. She said they were in pretty poor condition when she transcribed them. Anyway, nobody seems to have verified the dates of our original ancestor's move from Scotland to america and there's also a little discrepancy about his wife's maiden name. If I didn't have husband and kids, I'd love to move east and bury myself in those libraries and see what I can find.
    I also have ancestors who moved from France to Canada and have had trouble with the French research. Someday I think I'll just pay to have a french researcher see what they can find and get better dates and maybe even some stories. I like the stories best.
    Then there are the original dutch settlers - which is so cool to know but I have to do some detailed research and have been procrastinating
    I'd love to have a quilting buddy and a genealogy buddy but so far haven't found these things locally, but this quilting board fills the void.
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    I have been pecking away at it slowly but surely ,can't say I know what I am doing but I am sure things will fall in place.I don't like it when I get a name but can find nothing on that person. Hubby got me subscription to ancestry for Mothers day ,have to say it is worth it to a point.

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    I worked on family genealogy for about three years, increased the family list of names from 600 to some 2600; retired, moved, and the computer crashed with all the records on it. So, if you are doing your research work on the computer, please, back up your work often.

    I did discover cousins who got in touch with me and loved getting to know them and to share information. Unsure if I will ever reconstruct all the family names again. Time will tell.

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    Try familysearch.org. Lots of info, no charge or look up an LDS chapel in your area & get location of their family search library (Geneology), and their times it is open. LOTS of good help available. All for free (printed copies do cost 10 cents each. Good luck
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    Have been researching for many years...have done not only my own but many trees for others as well. It is a passion and also an addiction. Have made wonderful friends, met family I would never have known and learned so much about history and culture. I am in FL if anyone needs help down here. I am currently working on my husband's Sicilian heritage. Happy hunting,

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    Have been trying to get some done on both sides of the family......very time consuming. But interesting to find out about the family. Have met some of my cousins on facebook that I have never seen.

    Thanks for the offer......will have to keep you in mind if I have a question.
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    I'm addicted to family research, like I am to quilting. The Library of Congress has digitalized some newspapers, and posted them to their website. Chronicling America. If you are as lucky as I am as to have my hometown newspaper on line from the 1870's-1922....you'll think you've died and gone right to heaven with your family!!! I've found so many blurbs that gave me insite into every life of my family. I've also been able to help others. I don't want to forget those who are responsible for our being.......

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    I would love to do genealogy for my family, but I do not know where to begin. Really, how do you begin?

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    i've been dabbling in it off and on for years.I found some interesting stuff on the ellis island site.
    Had a trial subscription to ancestery.com for a while but it was too pricey for me to keep. i did find some of the old family stories, well, aren't quite as we were led to believe.

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    I love it also.
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    I find the cost of using the sites rather prohibitive - especially when you may pay for the wrong records and reach a dead end.

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    I also do genealogy - I did alot more when I was not working. You find the most info from relatives...not always easy to get them to share...but mostly because they are so busy working. You can go to the library and search on their computers for free...ancestry.com, familysearch.org, findagrave.com - I have gone there and used ancestry but you have to be in the library...I ended up signing up. You can pay by the month...and download what you find. Worth the small cost or no cost if you go to the local library.
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