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Ancestral Discovery

Stealing our ancestors?

Recently, I was told by my credit union that there had been a security breach for cardholders, and they were issuing new cards to prevent any further problems. This kind...

The bureaucracy of death, part 2

Last column, I focused on death certificates, obituaries and Social Security application records. But death leaves many other records behind. And just to be clear, I’m...

Death and bureaucracy, Part 1

As we have been told all our lives, death and taxes are inevitable, and fortunately for family historians, both result in a number of records being generated. Documents...

Let technology help you with genealogy

Since my last column focused on organizing your paper genealogy, we’ll focus this time on using your computer to organize all those genealogy material. While many...

Organizing the forest

As astute readers may have noticed, almost all genealogical topics fall into one of two categories: methodology or resources. Since both are critical for creating...

Census records keys to family history

In my last column, I talked about the importance of vital records. But the starting point for most family historians in authenticating family information is the US...

Vital records really are vital

As I have mentioned before, accuracy is critical in genealogy. There are many genealogies-family histories, both in books and online, that have flaws (minor and major...

Our ancestral names

A common stumbling block for genealogists is names — and as you might imagine, Jewish names can be quite challenging. Given Names A quick primer for given (first)...

Some nifty websites

My last column about great Jewish genealogy websites focused on the best site, Jewishgen.org. But a few more mentions are in order. With several of these websites, it is...

Best Jewish genealogy websites

Finding your family requires two major tools: methodology and resources. We have previously focused on genealogical methods, so this month we’ll look at resources....