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Need a Hobby? Try genealogy

After the television saga, Roots, was aired in the late 1970s, many people took up an interest in genealogy and a new hobby was born here in America. Thousands of people started making family trees, interviewing their relatives and writing down things long forgotten. Discovering one’s “roots” is a long task, but if you have even an inkling of interest in your ancestors, the discovery can be fascinating. More...

Keepmecurrent.com, By Kay Soldier



You are only three clicks away from your Great-Great Grandfather

The growing interest in family history over the last few years has been remarkable. With a new series of the popular BBC programme "Who do you think you think you are?" due to start in the New Year, family history and genealogy research is becoming easier thanks to the internet. Leading the way in online genealogy is the website www.familyrelatives.org which has begun to revolutionise Family History research by making the process of locating Birth, Marriage and Death records (BMD) for England and Wales much easier, more accurate, cheaper and without the need to visit the Family Records Centre in Central London. More...




Genealogy buff Izetta Clegg loved family, past and present

Izetta Clegg's fascination with researching her ancestors ended up helping numerous area residents find their own roots.

Clegg, a 58-year Castle Rock resident, died Feb. 12 at the age of 87 after her second bout with colon cancer.

She was one of the co-founders of the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society and helped create what became the genealogical section in the Longview Public Library. The books that Clegg once transported in the trunk of her car now number more than 2,000 volumes, said Rose Janke, a fellow co-founder.

By Barbara LaBoe, The Daily News



Genealogy offers window into the past

Sue Owen had no interest in genealogy until receiving a 1968 telephone call from her brother, John Leverett, who had just returned from a trip to Boston. There he found a large ornate tombstone behind Old First Church bearing his name, John Leverett. The man whose name was inscribed on the stone arrived in Boston in 1632.

By Carole Mathewson, Roundup staff reporter



Tracing Your Ancestry

DNA tests to find out your ancestry are growing in popularity. But do they really work? And are they worth it?

Advances in DNA testing are allowing people to uncover information about their genetic ancestry and find out where some of their ancestors came from. As an African American, I don't know where my African ancestors originated from. The only geographic location I can point to as my ancestral home is Tennessee. So I'm fascinated by the potential knowledge I could gain from this new generation of tests for genetic ancestry.

By Leslie O'Hanlon, Technology Review



DNA 'could predict your surname'

Forensic scientists could use DNA retrieved from a crime scene to predict the surname of the suspect, according to a new British study.

It is not perfect, but could be an important investigative tool when combined with other intelligence.

By Paul Rincon, BBC News science reporter



A living legacy – Encouraging kids to climb your family's tree

"Who was your Grandma's Grandma?" "Where were you born?" "Where did our last name come from?" A child's fascination about his heritage and lineage usually begins to awaken around the age of five or six.

The natural curiosity of many children leads to a barrage of questions about where they were born, where you were born, and who their great, great, great grandfather was. Satiating a child's desire to have accurate and interesting information often rekindles a parent's fascination with researching a family's history.

Gina Roberts-Grey - Sheknows.com



Jews, Zionism and the European Right of Blood Part IV

Jews were not the only ones who have suffered from Jus Sanguinis.

A few paragraphs above I have also mentioned that the nationality by blood model is also a model used by the Japanese. It is also important to note that the same method of defining one's legal ethnicity is utilized in China, Korea, Vietnam, Mongolia, Cambodia and many other Asian countries. Your nationality is determined first and foremost by the way you look- Koreans and Chinese can usually tell each other apart by looking at each other's facial features. Sometimes, they overlap but most of the time, they do not. Thus, the can tell most of the time. More...

By David Kessel, American Chronicle



Bible often good book for genealogy research

Tracing ancestors can sometimes mean a lot of disappointments along the way. If all records have been destroyed by wars, fires or other natural disasters, it is extremely difficult to pick up a given lineage without these connecting links. For this reason, Bible records become one of the most important ways to trace lineages. More....

Louisiana Ancestors, By BY DAMON VEACH


Frederick Douglass' life thrived on perseverance
Great-great-grandson encourages CHS students to achieve goals

Frederick Douglass never allowed the circumstances surrounding his enslavement or inability to read or write prevent him from seeking his freedom and gaining knowledge.

The same attitude and perseverance the famous abolitionist and speaker exuded are what people should strive for in their own lives today, said Douglass' great-great grandson Kevin Douglass Greene. More...



Mormon genealogy and DNA

According to Latter-day Saints, the Book of Mormon was brought forth when God provided 22-year-old church founder Joseph Smith with special glasses and seer stones that enabled him to translate writings — from “Reformed Egyptian” — on golden tablets found in New York. Mormons believe these scriptures restored the church and left the rest of Christianity in apostasy.

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Another notch in family tree

Sophomore Stepp adds to tradition, with a twist

Clark Stepp is making a name for himself as a standout sophomore point guard at June Buchanan. More impressively, he's making a name for himself in his own family.

In a rite of passage last summer, Clark beat his Uncle Ervin in a game of one-on-one for the first time. That's Ervin Stepp, one of the most prolific scorers in the history of schoolboy hoops. Clark also beat his Uncle Jimmy Stepp, who led the state in scoring his senior year of high school. More...

Kentucky.com - Lexington,KY,USA



Genealogy: Raising the bar

A new institute will take Jewish genealogy to the next level

An age-old pursuit, beginning with the Torah’s lists of begats and begots, tribal and family groups – all links in an ancient chain – Jewish genealogy has moved into the high-tech world of computers, the Web and DNA, encompassing Sephardic and Ashkenazi research.

Over two decades, Jewish genealogy researchers have developed an ever-expanding body of knowledge, with books, websites, databases, journals, organizations and associations.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti




The National Library of Scotland is the successor to the historic Library of the Faculty of Advocates, which opened in 1689. In 1710 the Library gained the right to claim a copy of every book published in Great Britain, a privilege retained to this day. Over the centuries, by purchasing manuscripts and books to supplement those acquired by legal deposit, the Advocates' Library developed into a national library in all but name. In 1925 the Government accepted the Faculty's offer to present its library, with the exception of law books and manuscripts, to the nation and the National Library was formally constituted by Act of Parliament. The size and nature of the Library, with annual accessions of c.350,000 items, and collections dating back to the late 17th century, make it difficult to quantify all material relating to North American Studies.

National Library of Scotland


Key to ancestry: The true father of Ireland

Research by geneticists at Trinity College Dublin reveals that one in 12 Irishmen are descended from a fifth-century warlord. As David McKittrick reports, science has for once revealed the man to be more impressive than the myth

He was already a splendid quasi-mythical warrior who trailed clouds of ancient glory, bestriding Irish pre-history as one of the greatest of all the high kings of Ireland. But now Niall of the Nine Hostages has emerged as an even mightier man than previously supposed.



14/2/2006 (Happy Valentines Day!)

Cupid knows no age limit

To see Max and Dolle Haven sitting together, there's little doubt Cupid's arrow hit its mark. The way he watches her as she speaks. The way she leans over to playfully bump her shoulder against his. She titters as he tells long stories, he brags about her artwork. She, with snow-white hair and dreamy blue eyes. He, with cute smile and shiny bald head.

They are in love, celebrating their first Valentine's Day together. In fact, on Friday, Max, 90, and Dolle, 84, will mark their two-month wedding anniversary. In just a few weeks, the newlyweds have learned again what it's like to share living space and tolerate a spouse's habits.



Gurinder Chadha reveals family roots for tv and gears up for next film

Gurinder Chadha will feature on the popular BBC Two genealogy series Who Do You Think Are next week, exploring her Punjabi roots in Africa and India.

The director of Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice told AIM she wanted to show the world "from our perspective".

"I had a brilliant time making this film and it is a fantastic history lesson on how our lives as British Asians have been interwined with the British for several centuries and over several continents," she said.




That's who we are

In last's week's episode of the admirable BBC2 series Who Do You Think You Are?, the actress Jane Horrocks found that she was related to the man who founded one of the richest cotton mills in 19th century Lancashire. Some of her other ancestors worked in the same mills - but at some of the dirtiest and poorest-paid jobs.




Clinton holding a family history fair

The Family History Center in Clinton is offering a family history fair March 4. This is the seminar originally scheduled for last October, but postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.

The fair, running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m., is free. Lunch will be provided. Attendees can reserve copies of the seminar syllabus for $5.

The meeting will be held in the Family History Center, 1301 Pinehaven Road, Clinton, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.



A brief history of Welsh mining from 1945 to the present day


On January 1, 1945, the National Union of Mineworkers came into being, with the aim of maintaining, protecting and improving the standard of living of its members.

Created as a result of the approaching nationalisation of the industry, the union represented all mine workers including craftsmen, underground, surface, clerical workers and many others, with each pit having an individual lodge.

Molly Watson - Western Mail



Clothes are his canvas

A favourite of pop stars and pontiffs, designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been turning his weird and wonderful ideas into perfectly wearable art for more than 30 years. Born into one of the oldest families in France, he tells Hilary Alexander why his goal has always been to start a revolution

Telegraph.co.uk - United Kingdom


‘Tree of knowledge’ can save your life

Creating a family tree can enhance your knowledge of your history and your roots. Doing a “medical family tree” can save your life. That’s the message from nutritionist Rovenia M. Brock, author of “Dr. Ro’s 10 Secrets to Livin’ Healthy,” (Bantam, $14).

Brock, who grew up in a black community where it was common to have an uncle who was an amputee, a great grandmother who was blind and relatives who had “a touch of sugar,” says that uncovering patterns of illnesses and diseases that run throughout your extended family can help you live longer and healthier.




Frozen prehistoric man infertile

The recently discovered prehistoric man frozen in a glacier for 5,000 years may have been infertile, new research suggests. The research has not only found that he could have been infertile but that his ancestry probably lies in Central Europe.
The study on the iceman, named Oetzi, was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Oetzi was discovered by hikers on a glacier in the Alps in 1991.




Genealogy Today: Census research: Gather the neighbors

In the 1900 Rockport, Mass., census, 80-year-old Benjamin Rowe Kidder is residing in the household of Frank Blatchford. His relationship is given as "uncle."

In 1880, Kidder was in the Gorham Norwood household in Rockport. He was the head of a separate family unit consisting of himself, Catherine Pool (housekeeper) and Caleb Pool, Catherine's son. In 1870, Eliza and Benjamin Kidder were listed as a separate family unit in the David Wallace household in Rockport. In 1850 and 1860, Eliza and Benjamin were listed as a separate family unit in the David Wallace household in Rockport. More...

CONNIE LENZEN for The Columbian



Had family tree shock?

DID you delve into your family history and get a surprise about your ancestors you hadn't bargained for?

Maybe they were super-rich landowners or perhaps one of your relations committed a horrific crime you had no idea about. More...



Henry Louis Gates delves into celebs' genealogy on PBS

ANYONE WHO'S ever dragged a finger across the name of a grandparent or great-grandparent who disembarked at Ellis Island, or studied the faded pages of a family Bible listing the births, deaths and marriages of long-dead ancestors knows the thrill of history made personal.

Beyond a certain point, though, it's a thrill that's been denied to many African-Americans, whose ancestral ties are sometimes assumed to be untraceable, their family connections severed by slavery and their original homelands lost to history. More...

Philidelphia Daily News


Getting Started

You might think that starting out building your family tree is going to be a daunting task. Well, it doesn't have to be. Below you will find the most common sets of records to help you start or finish your genealogy research and build that family tree. See Getting Started with Genealogy for more information

Census Records

A census is an official enumeration of the population in a particular area. In addition to counting the inhabitants of an area, the census generally collects other vital information, such as names, ages, citizenship status, and ethnic background. Each census can prove to be invaluable in painting a portrait of a family at a particular place and time.

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Birth Marriage & Death records -

Civil vital records—for Births, Marriage and Deaths —mark the milestones of our lives, and are the foundation of family history research. Chronicling the personal moments of our lives through the objective perspective of the public record, vital records can offer details often found through no other genealogical resource. They can be useful in proving or disproving other sources, give you a more complete picture of your ancestor, help you distinguish between two people with the same name, and help you find clues to earlier life events.

With these records, you can gain access to information regarding your ancestor's lives, such as the locations and causes of their deaths, the names of children or parents, their wedding dates and locations, and the many other details that help us record and remember the important moments in the lives of our families.

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Church -

Church records contain information about baptisms, marriages, burials, and membership. In addition to the name of the person, church records often provide information about family members.

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Cemetery -

Some of the cemetery records included are tombstone inscriptions, burial permits, and death indexes. These records usually show names, birth and death dates; sometimes, they include information on surviving family members.

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