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Ancestral Discovery

Death records as genealogy tools

My last column was probably the hardest one to write, talking about my nephew’s tragic death. But it morbidly inspired me to address a few death records: obituaries,...

The genealogy of heartbreak

Genealogy is almost always a joy for me to talk and write about — today, not so much. I recently returned home from a tragedy that relates to family history that I...

What’s so Jewish about genealogy?

For the last three columns, I’ve been writing mostly about basic genealogy concepts, but now it’s time to look at what’s unique about Jewish genealogy. As I said...

Watering your family tree with bureaucracy

If you’ve been following this column for the last couple of months, you have hopefully started your tree by creating a pedigree, and started interviewing relatives (on...

Planting and growing your family tree

In my last (and first) column, I focused on why to start your family history. Today we’ll look at how. Of course, any tree starts from a seed, and we’ll germinate...

Why you need your ancestors

After an 11-year hiatus, I’m restarting this genealogy column in the IJN, because the interest in finding and acknowledging our ancestors has grown even more. I would...

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...