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Diane Gould Hall
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Thanks for this post. I get really tired of all the requests for free lookups on FB groups I belong to. I have gently reminded members on several occasions, that this is not only a violation of terms, but it's ethically wrong. I point them to Judy's post about this issue. Of course, I usually get blasted. It's wrong no matter how you look at it. 
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PHOTO FRIDAY - Is this cute little baby my Mom?
I’ve had this picture for many years. It’s always been with the group of pictures I got from my maternal grandmother. There are no identifying names or dates or photo studio names on this photo. On the reverse side of the ...
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Here's my blog post with the birth place chart that J. Paul Hawthorne shared with all of us.  What great fun we've all had with this!
Thanks to J. Paul Hawthorne for creating this idea that went viral in the genealogy world the past two days. While I’m a day behind others, I still wanted to share this great idea with all of you. The idea is to create a spr...
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On this day, March 4th, in my family.
Sometimes it’s fun to pick a random day and write about it. This time I’ve picked March 4th. Let’s look at some family facts for that date: WHO WAS BORN ON MARCH 4th? CHATFIELD, Benjamin Edgar – Born in 1876 in Lawrence C...
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Randy mentioned my blog post this week in his Best of Genea-Blogs.  Thanks Randy!!!!!
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The 1940 Michigan Death Certificate images have been uploaded to seekingmichigan.org.  Here's how I located the records for my family.
The website seekingmichigan.org has many wonderful records & historical information for Michigan researchers. Certainly the one I’ve used the most is their death index and images. The images for records from 1897-1920 have ...
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FRIDAY FINDS - I finally found the 1880 census for my 3rd great grandmother, Emily Gillen (1810-1887)
My 3rd great grandmother Emily Gillen, born 8 Aug 1810 in Pennsylvania married 3 times. First to Rev. Isaac C. Hunter (1798-1842) on 11 Sep 1828 in Lawrence Co., Ohio. They had 5 children: Susan, James, Martha, Isaac C., an...
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Why my blog has been so quiet this past month.
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Did my ancestor do time in Sing Sing prison?  Have you found any ancestors who were in prison?
BACKGROUND: I was recently going through some of my BOGGS ancestor’s info in my Legacy database. I have 102 individuals who were either born with the surname Boggs or married a Boggs. One of my 2nd great grandaunts, Lucinda ...
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Interment rights for ancestor's burial plots.  Have you ever thought about obtaining ownership of your ancestor's final resting place? Here's how I did just that.
Aid Cemetery sign, Lawrence Co., Ohio (photo taken by me) Me at Washington Cemetery in Keene, New Hampshire (photo taken by my husband) Mt. Olivet Cemetery sign, Detroit, Michigan (photo taken by me) The subject of interm...
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Is your research time limited?  I know we all struggle with with what to do in a small amount of time.  Here's what I did today in just 60 minutes.
As genealogists we all want more time. Whether we work full time, part time or are retired. There never seems to be enough time to work on our research or our files. And, if you have a family with children there are even m...
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Ancestry.com hints - Do you actually take full advantage of this resource?
Maybe it’s only me, but sometimes I get in a rut with my research. I sit down at my computer, look at my Legacy database, and try to decide who I’m going to work on today. Or, maybe there was some note I wrote yesterday tha...
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I have been researching my family for over 10 years.  I've learned a lot along the way, both from experience and from attending seminars & classes.  I write a blog where I share my experiences and tips to help beginning to intermediate genealogists learn from my successes and mistakes.  I hope you'll join me by visiting my blog at www.michiganfamilytrails.com
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TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ How many great grandparents headstones do I have pho...
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We all have eight biological great grandparents. I was wondering today, do I have headstone photos for all of them? Do I even know where all

Finding ancestors in the 'wrong' year in records
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If you're fortunate (or dedicated) enough to trace any ancestors back to before the 1750s, and they were from Britain or its colonies, you m

ON THIS DAY ~ March 4th
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Sometimes it’s fun to pick a random day and write about it. This time I’ve picked March 4th. Let’s look at some family facts for that date:

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 14 to 20 February 2016
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Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their intere

Sentimental Sunday The Teapot
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Have you ever ‘inherited’ objects that belonged to your ancestors? Perhaps it was something you just liked or it just reminded you of someon

Carrie’s letters Snow Days
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Ancestral family letters can tell us about everyday life during the time period when they were written. After my father and I scanned the bo

HAPPY 6th BLOGIVERSARY TO ME ~ 2010-2016
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Hard to believe it's been six years since I began. I wrote a few posts those first 3 yrs, but only got "really" serious in the fall of 2013.

Family History Fun: Shopping Saturday - Village Advertisements, 1891
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January is the time when TV, online and press advertising does all it can to encourage us to participate in a winter sales frenzy But what e

STEVE MORSE’S ONE-STEP WEBSITE ~ If you thought it was only for passenge...
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When I began doing family research I tried to learn as much as I could. One of the first things I remember hearing about was Steve Morse’s O

DETROIT ~ Street Addresses Renumbered in 1921–Here’s a list with the old...
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Here’s a quick tip for those of you with ancestors who lived in Detroit, Michigan. On January 1, 1921 new address numbers were assigned to m

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ John Russell 1743-1822 ~ Lawrence County, Ohio
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PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT WISEMAN John Russell – 15 Dec 1743 to 28 Nov 1922 Age about 79 years John Russell is my 3rd great grandaunt’s husba

TUESDAY'S TIP ~ Legacy 8 ~ How To Determine When You Last Modified a Record
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A quick tip for today. I was researching a particular line of my family, that I’d not looked at in quite a while. I don’t have any general o

WEDDING WEDNESDAY ~ Elijah Hudson & Margaret Deaver ~ 1828, Pocahont...
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ELIJAH HUDSON & MARGARET DEAVER married on 28 Feb 1828 in Pocahontas Co., Virginia Elijah and Margaret are my 4th great granduncle and aunt.

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015 ~ What are your Christmas memories?
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First I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you spent time with family or friends, or doing something you loved. WHAT

Worth Every Drop of Spit--Carl Fricks Pt 2
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As I shared on a previous blog post, on the back of a picture in my grandma's collection were the words "Carl Fricks and wife." Initially I

SURNAME SATURDAY–Adams of Lawrence County, Ohio
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Today’s surname is ADAMS. I’d like to begin taking a count of the various surnames in my database and how they relate to me and/or my husban

MILITARY MONDAY–Killed in Action–A Tribute to George Briggs Fitzcharles ...
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George Briggs Fitzcharles is my 1st cousin twice removed. That makes him a nephew to my great grandmother, Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles. F

AMANUENSIS MONDAY–Eberhard Martin– died 1784 - Last Will & Testament
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What does Amanuensis mean anyway? To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Civil War Soldier Headstones
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In keeping with last week’s post about finding our ancestors who served during military conflicts, I am posting some headstones of Civil War

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Genealogy Bling!
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Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy Fun!! Here is your assignment if you choose to play