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Where do all our photographs, histories, pedigrees, and other family history collections go when we die? As my parents got into their 80s, my mom began to get anxious about passing on all the boxes of family history collections to someone in the family. There were about 6 good sized ...

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Unknown Cousins

One of the things that I like about FamilySearch is the ability to connect with living cousins that are updating information about my ancestors. I may not know these individuals, but it is easy to contact them with questions or additional information. This ability to ...

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Descendancy Research

Most family history novices have the perception that "genealogy" is tracing your lineage back to some "great"-grandfather down the line. There may have been an "Aunt Martha" somewhere in their family that has traced their lineage quite a ways back, giving these novices ...

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Artificial Intelligence

Are you one of the many out there that have old grainy black & white photos of your ancestors, or maybe of your early childhood? Some exciting developments are coming as Artificial Intelligence continues to develop! Artificial Intelligence is slowly creeping into the photography ...

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Travel the World

I really enjoy using Google Earth, a FREE mapping service that shows you a great deal of information about different locations around the world. I can use it to travel around to see places my ancestors came from. I have ancestors that came from Ireland, then to New Brunswick, Canada ...

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Family Reunions

Summer has snuck up on me once again. It wasn’t very long ago that we still had snow on the ground. As with many families, we have been once again been faced with the thoughts about getting all our family together for a reunion. I am a procrastinator by trade, or maybe it is just my ADHD that causes me to be chronically distracted, but I am only ...

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Preserve Newspaper Clippings

I LOVE newspapers.com for all the information that I can find about my ancestors. Saving those articles is easy when the article is in a column or two, and not mixed with other content, like advertisements. I really don't like seeing ads for **hemorrhoids** or other ...

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Have You Ever Lost Precious Data Files?

Most of us engaged in family history work will have a slew of digital photos & documents stored on our computer’s hard drive representing years of hard ...

mother's day
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Have you ever wanted to place an image inside a shape? Here is a fun Mother's Day project using a photo of your mother, and a heart shape. For Mother's Day, I thought it would be fun to take a nice photo of my mom and place it in a "heart shape". This is actually VERY easy to do ...

share family history
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I was around in the 1970s, and even before that, so I consider myself "experienced" in having seen these changes. Back in those “older” days, everyone had their own private records kept in multiple file cabinet drawers. There was no real sharing of information. Do you remember those ...

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  1. I am a retired pediatrician who has a love for technology use in family history. I have been given a rich heritage of photos, old letters, stories, videos, and more from my ancestors. I love to preserve that heritage and share it with my two generations of posterity now. Sharing my ancestor's heritage as well as my own, with my posterity allows them to discover more about their own heritage as well.