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For questions about research in the period from 1801 to 1900.
For questions about using DNA to further knowledge of family history, relationships, ethnic origin, and overall ancestry. Most common tests include Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA.
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The study of historical handwriting and inscriptions, including analysing and reading manuscripts.
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For questions about relatives involved in World War II (WWII or WW2), or family history events associated with this wartime period. WWII, also known as the Second World War, lasted from 1939 to 1945.
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For questions about the use of GEDCOM files, the de facto standard file format for exchange of genealogical data. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunication.
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A reference work listing the names (and other relevant characteristics) of the geographical features of an area at a specified point in time.
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For questions about visually representing data in a way that reflects the parent-child and spousal relationships of a group of people.
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