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Harold Henderson
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Professional writer since 1979, professional genealogist since 2009 -- NW Indiana
Professional writer since 1979, professional genealogist since 2009 -- NW Indiana

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From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments! at GRIP
This summer -- July 22-27 at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh -- Kimberly Powell and I will again be coordinating a week-long course that focuses on tools we can use to meet the last three prongs of the Genealogical Proof Standard: * analys...

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Try to remember . . .
The science-fiction writer who coined the term "cyberspace" reflects on how difficult it is to recapture a world without television or recorded sound. I've always thought of this in the future tense, in that I have no idea how to write a memoir addressed to...

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The genealogy of fairy tales
From 3 Quarks Daily , one of the great aggregator sites, I learned that numerous stories have been traced back thousands of years -- "not quite tales as old as time, but perhaps as old as wheels and writing," writes Ed Yong in The Atlantic . The oldest one ...

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Looking back on 2015 writing and prospects for 2016
Last year, with the help of kind editors and colleagues, I published a dozen genealogy articles (four in peer-reviewed journals) and six book reviews. The full list is at Midwest Roots . I experimented with "double-decker" publishing, following a problem-so...

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Reading Two Top Genealogy Books Together
The best two books for serious genealogists are Thomas W. Jones's Mastering Genealogical Proof   and Robert Charles Anderson's Elements of Genealogical Analysis. But they are different enough in their emphases and terminology that reading both may induce ve...

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Thorough research in city directories, one quick example
I recently had occasion to compare physical and virtual city directory holdings. The results for this one location -- Decatur, Macon County, Illinois -- are as follows. Assume that you're researching families that might be in Decatur over a 50-year period. ...

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Tomorrow night's BCG webinar on some genealogy reflexes
I'll be talking about genealogy reflexes and how they relate to doing good genealogy and becoming certified, at the BCG free webinar Tuesday night the 17th at 5 pm PST, 6 MST, 7 CST, and 8 EST. Hope to "see" some of you there. It's open to the public but se...

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June APGQ -- another magazine on the "must-read" shelf
For those who are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the June 2015 issue of the APG Quarterly just went on line. Yes, it's late, but it's looking like a quarterly full of articles I want to read and need to read -- and a real incentive...

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Fourth and (sort of) last installment of "A Missing Heir" on the Bassett family in NYGBR
My mother-in-law's paternal Bassett line has now got its due in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record . The Record does problems, which is how this four-part series started off, with the puzzle of how apparent oldest daughter Elizabeth could be ...
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