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Census and Sensibilities for Crossing the Pond (part 1)

A proponent of thorough research, I believe that this is how we build the stories that puts flesh and bones on our ancestors. Knowing my relative’s trials and tribulations helps me make sense of my life. It allows me to … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

One of my greatest discoveries almost never happened. I had turned down a project on numerous occasions because I felt the client expected me to arrive at a predetermined outcome. To be eligible to join a lineage society they wanted … Continue reading

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Institutions Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I spoke of my strong belief in the educational value of genealogical institutes. Because of its unique format, the British Institute (BI), in Salt Lake City, is one of my favorites. All of the courses … Continue reading

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My First Great Nativity Success…The Rest of the Story

Finding an immigrant ancestor in their homeland can be a daunting task. One of my mentors explained to me; many times researchers try to “cross the pond” before they are ready to make that jump. What my mentor meant was, … Continue reading

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Becoming “Institutionalized”

From the time I was a little boy, the value and importance of education has been stressed. My father often quoted to me ”They can take everything away from you, but they cannot take your education.” My father and I … Continue reading

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My First “Great Migration” Challenge

The Stroscheins were my grandmother’s genealogy love-hate relationship; she loved my grandfather but hated the fact that she was unable to find their origins in Germany.  A few years before she passed away, Mom-mom (my paternal grandmother) confided in me … Continue reading

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From homework assignment to obsession…

My grandmother, Florence Loreen Kuhns (Mom-mom), first got me hooked on family history research, and I remember it well. I was in the fifth grade; I received an assignment of creating a family tree; I went home with my mission … Continue reading

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