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Ready, Set: How to Watch RootsTech from Home
The genealogy world lens is
focused on Salt Lake City right now in preparation for RootsTech 2016 .
Thousands are converging there for four days of classes, exhibits,
keynote presentations, and entertainment starting Wednesday, February 3. It’s
expected to ...
The genealogy world lens is focused on Salt Lake City right now in preparation for RootsTech 2016. Thousands are converging there for four days of classes, exhibits, keynote presentations, and entertainment starting Wednesday...
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For Auld Lang Syne: Patron Song of Genealogists
As we close out the old year and welcome in the new one, I’d like to share with you my favorite version of “Auld Lang Syne,” performed by James Taylor. I confess to listening to this haunting yet hopeful tune when I’m feeling reflective year-round, not just...
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Glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year, Debi!

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Back in the Saddle
My dad, Edward (Eddie) Ballenger Those of you who follow this
blog may have noticed it's been a bit quiet around here lately. The truth is, I experienced
a personal high and low in the same week in June, and it’s taken me awhile to
find my balance again. Th...
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May's Bounty
What a month this has been!
Hot on the heels of the successful Ohio Genealogical Society 2015 Conference,
May ushered in a bunch of family highlights. One daughter graduated with her
MBA and got engaged a week later; another daughter and her friends spent a...
What a month this has been! Hot on the heels of the successful Ohio Genealogical Society 2015 Conference, May ushered in a bunch of family highlights. One daughter graduated with her MBA and got engaged a week later; another ...
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Looking forward to the book review. I'm overrun with photos and could use some help!

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Learning About Genetic Genealogy, Part 2
Class at SLIG 2015, front row, left to right: Debbie Parker Wayne, CeCe Moore, Blaine Bettinger Last week, I wrote about some
of my experiences in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) course, Getting Started with Genetic Genealogy . My
post on Learni...
Class at SLIG 2015, front row, left to right: Debbie Parker Wayne, CeCe Moore, Blaine Bettinger Last week, I wrote about some of my experiences in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) course, Getting Started with Gen...
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Attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
For the next week, I’ll be
participating in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and researching at
the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah. I think SLIG offers a
great environment for developing better research skills and getting to...
For the next week, I’ll be participating in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and researching at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah. I think SLIG offers a great environment for developing bette...
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Thanks, Cheri!

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Avoiding Ancestor Identity Mix-Ups
Let’s face it—it can be hard
to tell your ancestors apart from others with similar names, ages, and
residences. It’s especially hard when all you have to go on is a single record, a short listing
in an index or database, or a name in someone else’s online f...
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Researching Civil War Veterans in G.A.R. Records
Do you have a Union Civil War
veteran in your family tree? If so, have you checked to see if he joined a
local Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) post? G.A.R. units sprang up in
communities throughout the U.S. (especially the northern states) in the latter...
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How to Archive Family Photos: help for managing digital overload
Do you have a digital mess on
your hands? Taken hundreds or thousands of photos that have never seen light
beyond a screen? Wish you knew how to manage them, and maybe actually print,
share, or create something with them? For me, the answers are yes,
yes, a...
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OGS Conference Early Bird Discount Ends March 18
There’s only a few days left
to catch extra savings on registration for the upcoming Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference . The conference, held in downtown Columbus, runs April
9-11, 2015, with workshops and events starting April 8. In the course of ...
There’s only a few days left to catch extra savings on registration for the upcoming Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Conference. The conference, held in downtown Columbus, runs April 9-11, 2015, with workshops and events star...
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Learning About Genetic Genealogy, Part 1
Earlier this month, I spent
an exciting (and exhausting!) week at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) . My brain is full of new information about genetic genealogy, and my
flash drive is full of new records about my ancestors. I enjoyed reconnecting...
Earlier this month, I spent an exciting (and exhausting!) week at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). My brain is full of new information about genetic genealogy, and my flash drive is full of new records about my an...
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Ohio Genealogical Society Conference Set to Rock Columbus in April
I know the year just started,
and I don’t want to rush time—it does that well enough on its own—but I can’t
wait until April 8th. That’s the day programming for the Ohio Genealogical
Society’s 2015 family history conference starts. I’m excited that this yea...
I know the year just started, and I don’t want to rush time—it does that well enough on its own—but I can’t wait until April 8th. That’s the day programming for the Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2015 family history conference s...
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I'm a family history researcher, writer, and blogger based in Central Ohio. A Sense of Family chronicles my journey into family history, and I'd love to have you read along. In the process, I hope to give you some tips and resources you can use to trace and record the stories of your own family. I also offer professional genealogy services at Buckeye FamilyTrees, where I specialize in researching Ohio ancestors.