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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I know, I know. What’s more thrilling than watching paint dry? Talking about census records, duh! But stay with me, because there’s a lot of fascinating history behind the census. I promise! As you prepare to celebrate the upcoming 2020 census by partying like it’s 1790, here are ten things you may not have known about … Continue reading Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Census Records
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
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