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Approaching relatives with dementia about family history?

I've had good experiences in the past few years talking to relatives with various types of dementia including Alzheimer's at the nursing home where my father resided. Many of these people do little ...
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What can analyze a tree and suggest what your next research goal(s) should be?

In addition to GenSmarts, there are other programs that will help you track your research progress. GenDetective by Rumblesoft, Inc., like GenSmarts, reads files from genealogy software (see ...
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How does one search a very specific source on Ancestry.com?

Go to the Card Catalog and search by collection title or keyword, to locate a specific record set. Clicking on the title UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 will bring you to a dedicated search ...
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Evaluating birth year when different on SSDI and gravestone?

My first question in response to this would be why you are settling for only two sources that give direct evidence about when your research subject was born, and trying to decide which of them is more ...
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Is it ethical to perform research on living people's ancestry without their knowledge?

I would say definitely yes, because sometimes this is the only way of establishing how you're related to a DNA match if they have no information on their family tree. Also, the UK birth, marriage and ...
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Is it ethical to perform research on living people's ancestry without their knowledge?

Not only would I say that it is ethical, I would say that it is an essential part of your research. In general, without that research then you cannot know whether the person is living or deceased. In ...
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Techniques for flagging unconfirmed information?

The good news about Family Historian is that it's GEDCOM 5.5 compatible. The bad news is that it's GEDCOM 5.5 compatible. Which is a flippant way of saying that as GEDCOM 5.5 doesn't have in the sort ...
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Assessing the coverage of various collections?

The Barbour collection is a good example of why researchers need to be aware of exactly what and how they are searching when they investigate this type of compiled collection. One approach is to ...
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Methods to organize medical genealogy information?

You are correct. Most genealogy programs are not designed specifically for medical data. However there are at least a few programs that you can try that specifically say they are designed for health ...
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What can analyze a tree and suggest what your next research goal(s) should be?

There really are not too many programs of the type that will suggest what to research. But one possibility is Find-A-Record, which was designed to be a research assistant that works specifically ...
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Managing MyHeritage messages

I'm sure you know about the little mail icon on the top bar. If you click on that, it will bring up your inbox, which you can switch to your sent messages. You are correct that there is no search ...
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When documenting location, should current or historical place names be used?

The problem with using "current" names as the only name, is that "current" changes over time. Is the Crimea part of the Ukraine or of Russia. If you attempt to use "current" you're dooming yourself to ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

If your father lived in New York, there may be limits on how much information you have access to because of privacy restrictions. I think this is a case where you will be much better off hiring a ...
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How are the grandchildren related to the head of household in this census?

There comes a time when umpteen bits of keyhole surgery just aren't getting anywhere - then it's time to lift the bonnet, winch the engine out and take the whole thing apart. In other words, (a) sorry ...
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History of German small town of Angloh?

Technique Generally when you cannot find information on very small or insignificant placenames, you research nearby larger places (because events may apply to a larger area) or the next placename in ...
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How do you record fuzzy facts?

If you went around to researchers and asked them this question, I suspect you'd get a different answer for each one. Here are some of your options for recording genealogical information: paper ...
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Seeking online resources to do collateral research on Internet?

If you are interested in studying the members of an ancestor's community, then you should use the resources of two societies: The Society for One-Place-Studies. They have a blog, a Facebook group and ...
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Best practices for producing document abstracts or summaries?

Here's the link to a pdf article "Transcribing & Abstracting," by Linda Woodward Geiger that goes over abstracting that may be useful to you. In it, her example is in third person/past tense. ...
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Does the available evidence support these assumptions?

I can't flaw your assumptions. All I would add: Surname To surname assumptions I would add that you also have evidence from her children's birth registrations. Even without seeing the certificates ...
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Is my source the document or where I obtained it?

My recommendation for source material is to record the source document as a source in your source list, and link that to the person/place/website where you got it as a repository in your list of ...
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Finding half-sister who may still be living?

Bad news: you very likely can't get access to a NYC birth certificate from someone who is not your parent from the 1943-1947 time period. Good news: you can check the NYC birth index and confirm that ...
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Finding birth-name of male Ohio ancestor who changed name in about 1926?

At least 3 approaches are possible and should be used in conjunction. Order your grandfather's SSN application (form SS-5). He was born more than 100 years ago, so his parents' names (assuming he ...
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Were un-wed mothers documented in the United States in the early 20th Century?

I am presuming here that the child in question is one who was not formally adopted, and was kept within the extended family (not put into any sort of institution/orphanage/etc), but not raised by his/...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

Searching for and investigating any Canadian hints in the Hindley family's known FAN club might be my next step as it could add more people and points for research. The Toronto Branch of the Ontario ...
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Finding residence information for Toronto in the 1840s?

Toronto Public Library has some scanned publications available about the history of Toronto. Local History & Genealogy Toronto had 5 ‘wards’ in 1843 according to Wikipedia and the outlying areas (...
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Making Research Plans for studying the Genetic Genealogy of an Adoptee?

You've made a good start by testing at all three companies and uploading your results to GEDMatch -- as Judy G. Russell says in her recent post DNA testing for adoptees, "fish in all the ponds". The ...
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Organizing geographical reference material for English parishes?

As I am sure you are aware, the complexity of the various administrative divisions in use in England in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries makes keeping track of all these geographies very ...
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How does one search a very specific source on Ancestry.com?

Part of the problem with using Ancestry or the other big data vendors is that they group different sets of records under "umbrella" titles that don't correspond to the titles used by the repositories ...
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Is there a centralized Historical Society index / database for the United States?

The closest thing I know of that meets your criteria is WorldCat's beta project ArchiveGrid. It has a feature FIND ARCHIVES NEAR YOU which allows you to search for a location or zip code, or pick out ...
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Resources for researching family from Greene County, Tennessee?

Try to look on this problem as an opportunity for learning something new instead of a roadblock to overcome. You can't find your person in the 1840 Census because it doesn't list him by name -- but ...
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