All posts tagged Genealogy

Using Ancestry.com for Research Part I

Ancestry

I’ve been using Ancestry.com for book research the last year. It’s been surprising and fantastic. As a genealogist, I avoided it for years. But when I began writing my biography of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, I started with one question: “Where did this woman come from?” Ancestry.com provided the information and so much more. English records I […]

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Favorite Lines–and Why I Love Them

We all have favorite lines–phrases–that haunt us or echo in our mind. I’m recounting some of mine today and why I like them. Haunting “She shivered on the birthing bed and sobbed. She couldn’t believe her life was ending so soon.” I read this line in a Slovenian family history someone brought to a party. […]

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Research Frenzy and the Boys in the Basement

Research frenzy

I’ve been in a research frenzy recently. 18 months after beginning work on this book, I’ve suddenly turned up information I’ve sought a long time. How many times have I sifted through the depths of Ancestry.com hunting details? Apparently, not enough. I spent hours redoing searches I thought I’d done before. But this time, the […]

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Take a Family Tree to Thanksgiving?

Family tree

Rather than a side dish, I’ve taken a family tree to my family’s Thanksgiving celebration–several times. May I suggest you do the same? Even if you are also bringing a pumpkin pie? Thanksgiving and all the holidays traditionally involve bringing family members together. What better time to collect and share data on something we all have […]

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Genealogy: Searching for the Posey House

Posey

While on my five-year genealogy hunt one day, I took my innocent children and niece on a search for the Posey house. I’d stumbled upon a photo of it during a hurried three-hour session in the Allen County Genealogical Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On that particular summer, my family was recovering from 20 years […]

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