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How to interpret "in descent from"

The phrase "9th in descent from Edward I" means that Edward I appears 8 lines above her in her pedigree (i.e. Edward I was her 6x Gt Grandfather). What follows is a little complicated, but the lines: ...
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What does 'DD' mean in a name on GEDmatch.com?

The "DD"-prefix simply means that they're a member of the Facebook group "DNA Detectives". It's a Facebook group for people who use DNA genealogy to track down family members. If you're on Facebook, ...
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1882 Local News Item -- What Does "in the shade" Mean?

What an interestingly-written column… A fairly quick search for "laid in the shade" doesn't bring much up. The common result is the literal interpretation of people or animals taking shelter from the ...
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What does "care of" mean in the 18th century with respect to letters?

The date of your notice is critical. USPS Publication 100, The United States Postal Service An American History 1775-200 describes the early days of the Postal Service. Mail was delivered on post ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

It is not an uncommon occurrence in my family tree to find a person whose birth certificate contains a name they never used in their life. In my family tree, I have a set of triplets whose births were ...
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Could "Our Mother" be a term of endearment on 1855 headstone?

My initial assessment is: I think it quite unlikely that someone would be referred to "Our Mother" on a headstone, without some mother-child relationship present. It may not be a genetic mother-child ...
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Meaning of term "died leaving with other issue"?

It simply means the person had other children. The Legal Dictionary for the term issue states: 1) n. a person's children or other lineal descendants such as grandchildren and great-grandchildren....
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Seeking Notation for common ancestors across different family branches?

I haven't seen such terminology. But I needed something similar, mainly to define DNA relationships, so I developed a notation I call: Behold's Genetic Relationship Notation (BGRN). You can ...
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Definition of profession: coasterman

The letter combination that you read as 'st' in the occupation doesn't appear to match the 'st' combination in the adjacent word "Resturant" [sic]. I wondered, therefore whether the word ...
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Term for researching one's own life in detail?

"Autobiographer" is a good and descriptive term for the person who's doing the activity described in the question. Collecting dates, documents etc. is kind of "collecting material for one's ...
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What is difference between city, town, village, and township in Wisconsin?

This is a special case of the problem discussed in the question Should I use the modern (what it is called now) or historical (what it was called) place name? -- the answers there may give some ...
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Seeking Notation for common ancestors across different family branches?

My understanding is that if there are two ways for one person to be related to another, then that is called a double relationship. To determine what each of the two individual relationships may be ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

I think that the implied sub-text here is that there is a correct way of using terminology. In my personal view, language changes and so there often isn't such a view. If it's a technical term, ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

I am not certain that it is appropriate to use née in this way. Both Merriam-Webster.com and TheFreeDictionary.com seem to say that née is primarily: Used to indicate the maiden name of a married ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

It is quite common in Dutch Genealogy for someone to have a "roepnaam", which literally translates as "call name", i.e. what people generally call you, a bit equivalent to a nick name but it tends to ...
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Seeking Notation for common ancestors across different family branches?

I'm going to attempt to answer my own question to get comments and feedback on the solution I have been thinking of. NOTE: this system would be based on the entire family tree currently being ...
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What is difference between city, town, village, and township in Wisconsin?

The Administrative divisions of Wisconsin page in Wikipedia says (with my bolding): The administrative divisions of Wisconsin include counties, cities, villages and towns. In Wisconsin, all of ...
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Understanding BWD Acronym in genealogy diagrams?

On some pedigree charts it can stand for b(orn), w(here born), d(ied): The M on the record numbered 50 stands for m(arried). The idea is that you record the dates next to the b, m, and d, and the ...
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How do we properly use née for given names?

This discussion reminded me of a wonderful informative discussion about names that is relevant to all genealogists: http://www.kalzumeus.com/2010/06/17/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-names/ ...
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What is the difference between evidence and information?

Any source of information can be considered evidence, however, some evidence is false and some is true. Ideally we are always looking for multiple independently derived sources written by persons who ...
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