All posts tagged Genealogy

Genealogy and Biography Writing

My family’s genealogy consumed me for more than five years. What started as a simple question: just how are we related to Abraham Lincoln, blossomed into a passion. At one point my husband asked how long I was going to be stuck on this subject? “Only until we jump the ocean,” I explained. “I can’t […]

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The Family’s Slides–and What to Do with Them

Sorting my family’s ancient slides took a few days to accomplish. My brother unearthed them from the attic and we were curious to know what was in them. The other brother bought a single slide viewer–no one had a projector anymore–and I went through the batch. Our slides were kept in a long box (not […]

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The Phone Book–Ancestry Part V

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Who even has a phone book anymore? Ancestry.com I just spent a Friday night turning the cyber-pages of the London phone book. It broke open a mystery I’ve been hunting for 18 months. Amazing. Tedious. Valuable. A short diversion to talk about names Listen, if like several of my ancestors, you marry a man named […]

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Generous Family Members–Ancestry Part IV

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Generous family members contributed to my research while writing Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Ancestry.com posts information from people all over the world. People upload their family histories and share their data, stories and even photos. Their generosity makes researcher’s tasks much simpler. Uploading a family tree By simply uploading family trees, many genealogists provided me with information I sought. Knowing a […]

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Using Ancestry.com for Research Part I

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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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