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Sea Legs Run in the Family

The Merchant Marines is one of those “government agencies” that holds a murky place within the United States; they’re not government and not military but can be used by both if the situation arose, as was the case with World War II.   439 more words


Disconnected Roots

One thing that has fascinated me since childhood is the history of humanity, in particular, my family. I’ve been told story after story by relatives on my mother’s side about how we’re from England, the significance of our last name, how much land we owned at one point, and how that estate has dwindled to almost nothing in around 2 centuries. 447 more words

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Search tips... Soundex...

Search tips can be very helpful, even for an experienced genealogist.  Everyone falls into a rut from time to time or a particular set of web sites are used and others forgotten. 460 more words


Tips for Organizing your Genealogical Research

Everyone has their own system for organizing their research.  But there are some steps that make it easier to keep track of what you are doing and what still needs more work. 338 more words

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DNA Hook

A few weeks ago I wrote about my concerns about DNA testing. I haven’t given up my spit, yet, but my uncle has.

It  was a surprise to me when he told me he had even taken the test. 466 more words


Who am I?

There has been a persistent rumor in my family about an Indian ancestor. Well. Every native Texan wants to find a horse thief and a Cherokee princess in their ancestry, but some in my family insisted that the Indian ancestor was really there, if only we could find her. 154 more words