I know, I know: just the term “genealogy” makes you want to fall asleep. Or close the browser tab. Or do literally anything else but talk more about “genealogy.” It conjures up images of sepia-soaked photo albums hidden away in your grandma’s attic. *yawn* Who wants to take a nap? :: slowly raises hand ::
But it can actually be an incredible adventure toward uncovering family secrets and unmasking the people that made you. And by doing a bit of detective work (that you alone are uniquely qualified to do), you can create a beautiful tribute to all the little miracles that made you who you are.
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From Bing Crosby (Harry) and Bono (Paul) to A-Rod (Alex) and Tiger Woods (Eldrick), nicknames are certainly not a modern invention. And yet I was still really confused when I stumbled upon a recent record of my great great grandfather Wilfred where he was identified by his nickname, Wicky. I had assumed the nickname he … Continue reading What's in a (Nick) Name? Using Nicknames in Genealogical Research
It’s 2020, ya’ll, and you’ve likely heard a lot about the upcoming census, slated for this April. It got me thinking that, while it’s one of the most common historical records for new researchers to search for and interact with, many people may not be familiar with the history of census-taking (#trendingtopic #sarcasm) and all … Continue reading What Exactly *is* the Census and How Do I use it?
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