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Memorial Day - Record Preservation

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Memorial Day Weekend is here in the States!  As many reflect on their deceased loved ones I'm pondering those loved ones' records.  Why?  In my area, we're under the first Tropical Storm warning of the year (and Hurricane Season doesn't begin until June 1st) and a flood watch. 

Records loss happens to all of us.  That misplaced paper receipt to prove the warranty is still valid, the disappearing paper estimate that the roofer left or the W2 that you never received in the mail from a former company is frustrating.  We're fortunate that today there's technology to help us with work arounds to obtain the missing document.  Unfortunately, that's not the case with records of past generations.

You're probably tired of hearing the importance of preserving your acquired ancestral documents.  Backing up my data is as fun as going to the dentist.  Although I love my dentist and his staff, I don't love the dental experience.  I know that it's important to…

Stories from Sadness

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Yesterday I attended a funeral for a woman I knew well but had never met.  Her daughter was a former Client and I had done much research on the deceased's grandmother.  I've never attended a Client's family member's funeral before and it was an interesting experience.  The Minister spoke about the importance of connections and he was so right in ways he didn't even know!

I should have thought of this years ago but somehow this escaped me until now.  In grief, a lot of memories are evoked that can explain or provide hints to better understanding of the individual and their place in the family.  During the Reflection phase of the memorial service, I was struck by a piece of info that the Client had never previously shared with me regarding the family residence years ago.  Since this was between census years in a rental in a place that didn't have a City Directory, I would have been hard pressed to find where they were living and why.  It had been a troubling tim…

To Your Health - Genealogywise!

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I've blogged previously about by attempt to analyze my ancestor's health records to make lifestyle choices to keep me well (See Using Your Genealogical  Info to Make You Healthy).  This past week, MyHeritage.com has added a new feature that you can use to include your family's medical history.  It is purportedly private and secure, allowing you to keep all of the health records of the living and deceased in one place so you can download and print a checklist of the entered information to share with your physician.

To begin, you must first click that you have read the most lengthy Terms and Conditions I've ever seen.  The next page asks you if your siblings, parents, aunts/uncles and grandparents had any of 10 medical conditions, such as stroke, heart and various cancers.  For any condition selected, possible names from your tree are then provided for you to mark.  Warning:  If you have a big family in the past 3 generations, you're going to have a lot of clicking …

Food for Thought - A Good Read

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I wanted to share a recent article in the New York Times, "The Historians vs The Genealogists" by John Sedgwick, who is a historian.  I was trained in the social sciences so I know that my genealogy work is influenced by my background, particularly in psychology, sociology and education.  I think that's one of the greatest benefits of genealogy as a second career; your past influences your analysis of your present research.  Collaborating with others makes the analysis even more powerful, especially if the background of the collaborators is diverse.