Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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  • Warner Fall Festival 2017
  • Polish Genealogy Conference 2017
dsc04074 The Genealogy Assistant will be at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, NH October 7-8, 2016. Stop by and see me at the Upton Chandler House Museum across from the Warner Historical Society.

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pgsctne headerText Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast will be having their 2017 Polish Genealogy Conference October 13-14, 2017 at the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Click here for more info!
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Three Brushes with Death - Book for Sale

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Two Wrongs Don't Make it Right!

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I had a discussion not long ago with a client and something came up that I thought all new genealogists should be aware of. I often see family trees posted online that 1) do not have any sources & 2) that have been copied from other family trees without sources. It is...
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Documents that have birth information are only guides if you do not have the original birth/baptismal information. I have a Blog P... Read More
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Why Church Records? There are Civil Vital Records!

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I find that people often go for the civil vital records when researching for their ancestors, but this is not the best idea to only look for civil records. First, civil records in the US were required by different States at different times in history, some as late as the early...
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What Can You Learn From A Criminal Record?

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When we think about our ancestry, we think that our family have been wonderful people throughout history, but never consider the bad. As a genealogist if we are to be successful in our research, we have to keep an open mind and it helps not to judge. I do not...
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Using Indexes To Find Misspellings For Research

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Online documents are great, but if you don't know how the name was spelled, how can you search online? Online databases are indexed by human beings, not some magical force. People come from all number of countries and differences in their languages introduce spelling variations in official documents in addition to...
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Sherlock at FGS/RootsTech 2015

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     Well, after a number of delays flying to Salt Lake City, Utah from Manchester NH, I finally arrived in Salt Lake City for the FGS/RootsTech conference on February 10th.      It was my hope to be able to make Blog posts while the events were happening, but along...
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Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, Canada

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Entrance to the Grande Bibliotheque in Montreal Canada I do plenty of French Canadian genealogy research, but have yet to write anything about it. It has been three years this month when an amazing event occured for me, which required a trip to Canada. I live in New Hampshire now...
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My Biological Grandfather and DNA Results

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In my previous Blog post about my research into identifying my biological grandfather, I had found the smoking gun which I had been able to find the proof to my grandfathers identity. I wanted to make sure that I covered one more base before my final conclusion. My mother had agreed...
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I Found My Biological Grandfather - The Smoking Gun

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Photo of William D. Bond from his Naval Personnel Records I have long sought to locate my biological grandfather. My search is finally over. After finally finding clues to who he might be, I acquired the Naval Personnel Records of the person I believed to be my biological grandfather and...
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Grandfather William D. Bond - Obituary & Service Records

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I had begun looking for the obituary of William D. Bond. Since I did not know where that obituary would be, I contacted the library in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, which was where he was living when he died. Beth at the library was very helpful. I told her what I...
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Grandfather William D. Bond - Collecting Evidence

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Now that I have located some records to corroborate the verbal story of my biological grandfather, it is time to start collecting evidence that will show who he is. I went to Ancestry.com and did a search for his full name "William D. Bond" and located a Photo used with permission...
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My Biological Grandfather - WWII Navy Records, The Brick Wall Crumbles

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Uniform patch for those that served on the USS Raton in WWII Continued from After examining the clues I had put together over the years, I began to look for William D. Bond in US Navy Records from WWII on the Fold3 website. A general search for William Bond gave...
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Hi Lois, Thank you for writing. I will send you an email to discuss details of your research request. Tim
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Naval Clues

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This is the third in a series of Brick Wall posts about my Biological Grandfather (William D. Bond). You are invited to read the first and second parts. I contacted the County courthouse in Manitowoc, WI in hopes I may find the paperwork dealing with the childsupport case for my mother,...
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Looking for Clues

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In the previous Blog post about my Biological Grandfather, I laid out the scenerio by which I had learned about him. There was very little information provided. Here is what I knew:  My biological grandfather's name was William Bond William was in the Navy He may have been from Georgia...
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Background

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I am going to write a series of Blog posts under the Category of Brick Walls. Almost every genealogist will run into problems researching their family. This is due to little, poor or no documentation or inexperience in genealogical research. Many brick walls are solved easily once you know what...
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 T he long awaited day has arrived. The series of books that are guides to researching docments in other languages is complete. For awhile now, the translation guide books for Polish, Latin & Russ...

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