Category Archives: The Genealogy Process

Now I get to learn about AncestryDNA

For Christmas, we asked Todd’s parents to do AncestryDNA kits for us. The results came back and I realize I have a lot to learn. I’ll talk about the 4 features of the results. First, there’s the Ethnicity Estimate: Todd’s Dad, … Continue reading

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A New Year – 2016

It’s been a long time since I blogged. Holidays, time with kids, etc. We also painted the office, and I have intended to get in there and get all my genealogy stuff organized . . . but I haven’t gotten … Continue reading

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My First Genealogy Conference – Ancestry Day in Raleigh, November 2015+

Earlier this month, I attended my first genealogy conference, Ancestry Day in Raleigh. I also attended the Friday pre-conference sessions at the NC Archives. The event was sponsored by Ancestry.com, The Friends of the Archives, the North Carolina Genealogical Society, the State Archives, … Continue reading

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Separating the Lives of Two Men Named Edward T. Suschank/Suschanke

Let me cut to the chase, and then I’ll tell the story. There are TWO men named Edward T. Suschank/Suschanke who were born in 1892. Both lived most of their lives in Saint Louis, Missouri. Both have daughters named Dorothy. … Continue reading

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My Research Toolbox

This is an ongoing project, and will updated often. Learn more about the Research Toolbox concept here. General Research: Ancestry.com (most records not free) Familysearch.org Find A Grave Fold3.com – Military Records (most records not free) Internet Archive – non-profit library of millions … Continue reading

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Update – Albert Gibson Cowan (1884-1963) is my Great Grandfather

Without a doubt, Albert Gibson Cowan (born in Arkansas in 1884 and died in Missouri in 1963) is my great grandfather! In July I posted about my detective work here. I requested Albert’s medical records from Nevada State Hospital after reading … Continue reading

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The Maudie Carver Mystery – Pure Speculation

As I mentioned in my post about James “Jim” Wesley Hedrick, I discovered my Great Grandfather had a surprise wife and daughter in the 1940 US Census: Mollie M, age 40, and Luella, age 9. Also living in the home … Continue reading

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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder

I’m a huge fan of Genealogy Gems Podcast (check it out here), and when I heard the announcement of the Book Club selection for this quarter, Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Pamela Smith Hill, … Continue reading

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So Much to Learn, and So Many Learning Resources!

Because I’m new to blogging, and so far I’ve just winged it, I’m taking a class called Blogging 101 (available here.) The first assignment is to do an introductory post, but I’ve already done that so I decided to go with … Continue reading

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Improving my research process and learning to cite sources

As I’ve mentioned, I have created HUGE family trees. And they are a HUGE mess. I want to  start over, making sure all information I include on my trees is correct. I feel I need to focus on three areas – … Continue reading

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