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NGS 2016 Conference Photo Recap, Part 2
Previously I wrote about my
experiences the first two days I was in Fort Lauderdale for the NGS 2016 Family
History Conference (see NGS 2016 Conference Photo Recap, Part 1 ). I continued
to enjoy the conference programming, the Florida weather, and the cama...
Highlights from the 2016 NGS Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida #NGS2016GEN
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Meet Me in Ft. Lauderdale
It’s hard for me to believe,
but in just two weeks I’ll be flying to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the NGS 2016 Family History Conference . I’ve been looking forward to it for months, and suddenly it's just around the corner. Here are some of the things I'm...
The 2016 NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale promises to be one of the year's highlights for genealogists.
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A new badge: NGS 2016 Conference Social Media
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference
committee recently sent me an email announcing that I’ve been accepted as part of their official 2016 social
media team. I’m happy to have the opportunity to share my excitement for the
confe...
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Getting a GRIP on Education
Here in the middle of winter,
the long, hot days of summer seem far away. I don't want to say they'll be here
before you know it, because I see no need to
rush time. But there’s a great opportunity to sharpen your genealogical skills
coming up this summer. ...
Genealogy education offered at GRIP in summer 2016
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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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NGS 2016 Conference: Photo Recap, Part 1
While it may have seemed
quiet here at my blog the past few weeks, real life has been anything but. I
went from the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cincinnati from April
28-30 to the National Genealogical Society Conference in Fort Lauderdale from
M...
NGS 2016 Conference, #NGS2016GEN, photo recap and review
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Emma Scheibel Steele, 1894-1952
March is Women’s History
Month, and it’s a good reminder for us to tell the stories of the females in our
family tree. Today I’d like to tell you about my great-grandmother, Emma
Scheibel, who married Homer B. Steele. Emma Scheibel Steele and Homer Steele, ...
Emma Scheibel Steele, born 1894 in Columbus, Ohio, wife of Homer Steele, and thoughts on writing women's history
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Got Irish Ancestors? You're in Luck!
View from the Wicklow Mountains If you’re researching Irish
ancestors, there’s a lot of good news these days. New databases and digitized
original records are making it easier than ever to find your family in the
Emerald Isle. Yes, Irish research still has
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View from the Wicklow Mountains If you’re researching Irish ancestors, there’s a lot of good news these days. New databases and digitized original records are making it easier than ever to find your family in the Emerald I...
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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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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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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.