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DNA and Genealogy

There are many companies who offer DNA analysis for purposes of discovering family members. Deciding on getting tested is a complex decision. Let me help you decide. As you might infer from the image above, I feel DNA testing is over-rated for...

Trusted information repositories

Paper degrades, photos fade and all physical records are subject to damage from fire or flood. With inexpensive scanners available, it is possible to digitize all old paper records. While it can be time-consuming, it isn't insurmountable (I...

Great Great - Generations and Time

How long ago was 10 generations? I've created a quick-glance reference chart of generations with the numbers of ancestors and rough time frames and year ranges at each generation, for my own use when traversing family trees. Note that the...

A meaningful re-visiting of the past...

When I was an undergrad at GSU, I wrote for the student newspaper, The Signal. While I mostly wrote news bits and a few features on some minor controversies. I was taken aback about a story told to me when I was making my routine stop by the Campus ...

Fake news is not new

The Family Bible Preservation Project does great work in getting non-standard genealogical sources indexed and connected to the records of the people recorded. They also issue interesting and fun genealogical challenges - usually finding someone...

Terms Associated with Cemeteries and Memorials

altar tomb - A solid, rectangular, raised tomb or grave marker resembling ceremonial altars of classical antiquity and Judeo-Christian ritual.  ashes - the cremated remains of a body after cremation, mostly dry calcium phosphates with some various...

Process for documenting a life

Jean Byrd Lee Bowen Rollins 1913-2020 While it is best to gather oral histories and document during life, the event of a person's death is a poignant time to gather the story of a person's life. Not only is this a way to honor the person,...

Looking for a long-lost friend....

I received a phone call on my cell phone recently.... with so many spam calls, I was expecting it to be annoying, but instead it was a kind voice, apologetic, letting me know she might have a wrong number... She was looking for a friend, Janet...

O.S.?

On Thomas Jefferson's grave marker, his birth date is shown as "BORN APRIL 2, 1743 O.S." What is this "O.S."?...

Copyright and fair use

When doing genealogical research, it is not uncommon to come across information that is protected under copyright law. While government documents and very old information that is no longer covered by copyright make up a large part of genealogical...

Seven Branches area of Roswell, Georgia

Genealogy is everywhere we look... on our first of many "pandemic walks" with family, we encountered a large plaque attached to an even larger rock in a newly opened public green space. The plaque reads: The Seven Branches area got its name from ...

Photo Processing

How do we best present old photos? Do we "restore" or keep as we found them?...