Category Archives: General

Dutch genealogy at the NGS conference

The weather was lovely and the tulips downtown were in full bloom for the couple of days I recently spent in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. This was my first time attending this … Continue reading

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RootsTech Reflections for 2018

I manage to get to RootsTech only every other year, and this was just my second time to attend. While this was a briefer visit than the first, I continue to be impressed by the goals of the conference … … Continue reading

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Rootstech 2018: Day 3

The third day of RootsTech (my second full day) was excellent from top to bottom. The morning session with Scott Hamilton was inspiring, and the breakout sessions were uniformly excellent. Hamilton was interesting and authentic. I wasn’t bored for a … Continue reading

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RootsTech 2018: Day 2

One thing’s for sure about RootsTech … there’s never a lack of things to do. One of the hardest parts is choosing … and staying organized. Today I started with the opening session, listening to Brandon Stanton of Humans of … Continue reading

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More to learn? Genealogy courses and certification

I love to learn. It’s a lifelong habit I seem to have picked up at some point. Learning about something I love as much as genealogy and family history made it easier to get through a course I recently completed. … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing history: telling all the stories

We have a chance now to tell all of the stories … or at least more of them … the ones about farmers, presidents, merchants, generals, laborers, teachers, kings, and homemakers. The technological revolution underway in genealogy has the potential … Continue reading

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Genealogical surprises: Colonial Virginia roots

With the arrival of Independence Day this year, I decided to look more closely at ancestors living in America when that fateful declaration of independence was made. Adam Darnell, for one, was a Revolutionary War soldier, born in Virginia. It’s … Continue reading

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So … I had my DNA tested …

Although I am fully American by birth and upbringing, genetically speaking I’ve always known myself to be a product of the people surrounding the North Sea. At least this was my understanding as I embarked on a genealogical DNA test. … Continue reading

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Discovering a poet (temporary post)

Norwegian Rivers Joseph Langland (1917- 2007) written by Joseph Langland for the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to the United States, 1975 “Yah, they are so kind of restless, rushing around hills and tumbling the polished stones; they always have somewhere … Continue reading

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My first visit to RootsTech in Salt Lake City

If I were a better blogger, I’d have posted daily about my recent RootsTech 2016 experience in Salt Lake City while I was there, rather than waiting until I was safely ensconced back in my warm Austin home. In my defense, … Continue reading

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