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Show me your documents

          Documentation is the skeleton upon which all good genealogy should be based.  There are many models to follow but for most of us we document what our genealogy programs dictate.  The base program I work with, RootsMagic has fields for dates, places, sources, notes….  I can sometimes become compulsive making sure I have all […]

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

There is much debate on what constitutes a primary or secondary genealogical source. Some researchers and major genealogy sites consider any document created about the time of the ancestor to be a primary source. For example a census record, death or birth certificate, a court document or a tombstone. Others contend a primary source is […]

What genealogy records to keep?

Like most genealogist I have notebooks filled with copies of census records, court cases, pages from county histories, copies of marriage records, cemetery transcriptions and more. The problem comes when most of the data is entered in to an electronic format and copies of documents are scanned into the computer. How much of a paper […]

Mid-Continet Public Library

I recently visited a new genealogy research center in the Kansas City, Missouri area. It is called the Mid-Continent Public Library and it is located off Lee’s Summit road in Independence, MO. In my opinion they have the best resources of any research facility I have visited. County histories from around the nation, family histories, […]

Data everywhere!

The biggest problem with data is the time and will to enter the information. For me and many genealogists the thrill is in the hunt, not the data entry. I may come home some days from the state archives with an armful of documents and new information. However, sitting down at the computer and entering […]

Just the facts

            It is difficult for a genealogist to depart from family stories and base research on facts which can be documented.  Family legend sometimes can prove incorrect when confronted with documented facts; this can be difficult for family members who “remember” names, dates, places and people they were exposed to as a young child.  However, […]