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Stephanie P

Numbering Systems in Genealogy - 1 views

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    My question: What system do you recommend and why? Thanks!
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    Stephanie, I have been using the Dollarhide system, http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=24527. I like it because I find it the most versatile, and I like the fact that you can use it with names that are not necessarily in your direct ancestor line.
Michael Hait

Maryland Historical Society to present genealogy workshops with Robert Barnes - 1 views

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    The Maryland Historical Society and genealogist and author Robert Barnes will once again present a series of four Family History workshops this year.
Michael Hait

Two must-read online resources for African-American genealogy research - 1 views

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    The following two sites provide a wealth of information for those wishing to learn more about their African-American ancestors...
Michael Hait

Happy Veterans Day! Military databases available free online at Archives.gov - 0 views

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    In honor of the many U. S. veterans that have served in our armed forces throughout the history of this great nation, the African American Genealogy Examiner column today will provide instructions on accessing several free records databases available online at the website of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Michael Hait

Civil War pension application files - a rich source of detail - 0 views

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    Many Civil War veterans and their widows or other dependents received pensions from the U. S. government for their support. For those researchers whose ancestors received pensions for service, these files are arguably the single richest record group in terms of information contained within them.
Michael Hait

Case study for Y-DNA testing in NGSQ - 0 views

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    On 20 October 2009, this column addressed the topic of Y-DNA testing for genealogical purposes. This relatively new development in science holds revolutionary potential for genealogy, especially African-American research. The most recent issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (Sep 2009) contains the case study of an African-American family where Y-DNA testing revealed direct male line European ancestry.[1]
Michael Hait

Are census records reliable for genealogy research? - 1 views

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    Over the last six months, this column has discussed the "Anatomy" of the federal census for the years from 1870-1930, not including the mostly-destroyed 1890 census. In this series of articles, each column of the census questionnaire was examined, and clues that will aid your research were discussed. If you have missed any of these articles, you can read them again using the links below: Anatomy of the 1930 federal census Anatomy of the 1920 federal census Anatomy of the 1910 federal census Anatomy of the 1900 federal census Anatomy of the 1880 federal census Anatomy of the 1870 federal census In a discussion concerning the federal census as evidence for genealogical research, however, one must also consider the question: are census records reliable sources?
Michael Hait

Anatomy of the 1870 federal census - 0 views

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    This article is part of a continuing series looking at each federal census individually. Please read the others in the archives of this column. The 1870 U. S. Census was the Ninth Decennial Census. This census is probably the single most important census for genealogists conducting research on African-American families
Michael Hait

The importance of the 1870 U. S. Census to African-American research - 0 views

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    When the 1860 federal census was collected and enumerated, slavery was still legal within most of the states south of the Mason-Dixon line. The 1860 federal census enumerated only free people of color in its population schedule; slaves were enumerated namelessly on a separate schedule, identified only by slave owner, age, gender, and color.
Michael Hait

The African American Genealogy Examiner: 2009 Year in Review - 0 views

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    As we near the end of the year 2009, the African American Genealogy Examiner would like to look back and remember the accomplishments of the past year.
Michael Hait

African-American Genealogy Examiner receives Kreativ Blogger award - 0 views

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    Robyn Smith, of the "Reclaiming Kin" blog, has awarded the African-American Genealogy Examiner with the "Kreativ Blogger" award. This award was created by Hulda Husfrue, a Norwegian arts & crafts blogger on 5 May 2008. [Please note that her site is in Norwegian but you can translate the page using Google Translate.] From these humble beginnings the award has spread like wildfire, and the Geneablogger community regularly recognizes their favorite peers with this award.
Michael Hait

FBI begins 'Civil Rights-Era Cold Case Initiative' seeking next-of-kin for unsolved mur... - 0 views

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    During the struggle for civil rights, many brave men and women sacrificed their lives to improve the lives of Americans of all races. Unfortunately, because of lingering institutional racism in the South, the murders of these civil rights workers were not all investigated to their fullest, and quite a few went unsolved. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently announced its "Civil Rights-Era Cold Case Initiative," to try to identify the next-of-kin of some of the victims of these cases.
Michael Hait

Reading history blogs for genealogical context - 0 views

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    This column has previously focused on African-American genealogy blogs, in the articles Shout-outs to African-American Genealogy Blogs and More shout-outs to African-American genealogy blogs. A third edition soon forthcoming will spotlight several new genealogy blogs. The responsible genealogist, however, would be advised to learn more about United States history, including how it affected African-Americans. History blogs are a vital source for keeping up with current perspectives as well as newly available historical resources, many of which may provide genealogically useful information.
Michael Hait

'Censuses' in between the censuses - 0 views

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    This column previously addressed the importance of the 1870 U. S. census in African-American research. As noted in that article, this was the first federal census after the end of the Civil War, and therefore the first record group to record personal information about former slaves nationwide. It was not, however, the earliest record group to do so in many localities. Many similar record groups were created that provide information about former slaves between 1865 and 1870.
Michael Hait

American Experience on PBS - 'Reconstruction: The Second Civil War' - Watch it free online - 1 views

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    The PBS program "American Experience" is a wonderful series of documentaries about the history of the United States. The series also has a remarkable online presence, often creating unique sites for each episode of the series.
Michael Hait

National Blog Posting Month - Can genealogy blogs meet the challenge? - 0 views

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    Taking their inspiration from National Novel Writing Month ("NaNoWriMo"), which challenges its members to write a complete novel in a month, a group of bloggers has issued the "NaBloPoMo" challenge - for bloggers to post at least once every day during the entire month of November. There is a social website dedicated to the site, providing inspiration and promotion opportunities for members' blogs. Visit the site (http://www.nablopomo.com/) for more information.
Michael Hait

The basics of Y-DNA testing for genealogy - 2 views

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    From CSI to The Maury Povich Show, DNA and DNA testing has become a part of American popular culture. But what is DNA?\nIn simple terms, DNA is a string of proteins that contain coded blueprints for our bodies. It tells our bodies how to grow. We inherit our DNA from our parents, which is where its genealogical value comes in.
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