Category Archives: Research

By the Numbers: Counting the Ancestors

So how many direct ancestors do I have? It seems the answer would be an almost indeterminate number stretching back thousands of year. A more practical question is, how many ancestors have I correctly identified? Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Facebook to the Genealogy Rescue

I am a huge proponent of technology when it can be used for furthering genealogy research.  In fact, more and more research is being done using the Internet and social media.  Not everything is online (and never will be) and … Continue reading

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An Image Here and an Image There: a BillionGraves Tale

Last spring while I was off playing Grandmother, my husband Jim decided to take a “stay-cation” and found a project dear to the heart of any genealogist … photographing gravestones in area cemeteries.  (I suspect he has a few symptoms … Continue reading

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Genealogy Jig

Time for the genealogy happy dance! One of the biggest genealogy challenges I’ve faced with my German ancestors is finding the village or town where they were born and lived.  The reason for needing this information is that there was … Continue reading

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Dealing With Grief (not depressing)

Thank you to those readers who responded to me either via email or in the comments section concerning the posting about my friend Gretchen Triplett.  That blog article helped me deal with the grief and provided a tribute to Gretchen.  … Continue reading

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An Act of Gratitude

This beautiful wall hanging was given to me by a very kind woman whose ancestry I had researched a few years ago.  It has found a home in our dining area and is proudly displayed.  To me it speaks from … Continue reading

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Having More Fun With Genealogy–

If I were to give a beginning genealogist a suggestion, it would be “find a genealogy cousin.” That is, someone with whom you connect, share a possible common ancestor, and with whom you can have fun. In my case, I’ve … Continue reading

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Caroline Nipp and William Naescher

Photograph of Caroline Nipp (my great-grandmother) and William Naescher. This photo was recently sent to me by a third cousin.  Caroline Nipp was my great-grandmother and is pictured here with her first husband, William Naescher.  After his death she married … Continue reading

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Technology Days of Yore

There was a time when connecting to the Internet involved a dial-up connection, the “handshake” noise when two modems would connect … and the telephone line would sound a busy signal to anyone dialing our number. All that almost seems … Continue reading

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A Look Back at 2012

2012 was a great year for genealogy and me.  Among the highlights: * Researching the ancestry of my son-in-law’s grandmother and finding many relatives and ancestors she did not know she had.  And then finding out how much this meant … Continue reading

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