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Legacy Family TreeSince Tessa Keough gave me such high praise in her latest LVUG hangout called Search the Internet with Legacy for something I haven’t even done … showing how to create a custom search string … and raising your expectations sky-high, I’d better get to it. … [continued]

Find A GraveFind A Grave is one of my favorite places to look around. Chances are one gravestone will lead to another and some of them are stunningly well photographed. Sometimes there are even people pictures, bios and obits. … [continued]

New FamilySearch: Combining Duplicates

by JL Beeken on 5-27-2011

FamilySearchFirst of all … I love the new FamilySearch and Legacy integration. Amazing, amazing effort.

But, just because we can combine duplicates on the new FamilySearch does not mean the information is correct. And, of course, we already knew that. … [continued]

FamilySearchLast night I watched two hours of Geoff Rasmussen explaining the new FamilySearch integration with Legacy Family Tree. … [continued]

DNA Testing by Ancestry.com

by JL Beeken on 2-02-2009

Ancestry DNA For awhile it was looking like Renee Zamora and I might be cousins. She descends from a Harris family in New York, and so do I.  Same county, 1700′s. The odds were fair to middlin’.

A Harris cousin of mine got one of our Harris boys to take a DNA test for the paternal lineage.  That wasn’t easy.  He had some fear that his DNA would be used to clone him in the future. When he finally admitted it, my cousin snapped back, “Who would want to clone you? You’re 70 years old!”

So she got her sample, sent it off to the lab and got back the results which knocked out every theory we’ve held dear so far.  Seems our closest match had an ancestor in South Carolina.

DNA Testing by Ancestry.com doesn’t mention cloning … hmmm … Read the fine print.  They say they offer ‘complimentary’ storage but they don’t offer ‘secure’ storage.  Hello?

Genealogy Research Sites: An Overview

by JL Beeken on 11-11-2007

I would like to thank everyone who’s taken my survey so far.  Please keep it coming, those of you who haven’t answered yet.

Someone asked about the best genealogy research sites for the money.

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Check this out. Geographic Names Information System. (GNIS)

This is a way to find otherwise difficult or ‘impossible’ locations. Not just towns. Other stuff. Buildings, bridges, cemeteries … … [continued]

Hellner: Ancestry.com Correction Feature

by JL Beeken on 9-23-2007

This cleaning up frenzy I’m into can’t last forever – well, maybe it can.

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