Category Archives: Genealogy

The Leafseeker’s 1st Blogiversary!: Celebrating with the 1940 Census.

I cannot believe it has been a year since the launch of The Leafseeker! Well, I am truly excited and to celebrate the launch of this second blogging year I’m jumping right into preparing plans for researching the soon to … Continue reading

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Repository Brief: Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection

When the dreary weather forces us to exhibit cabin fever behavior, I am most thankful for internet technology to keep me afloat. Today’s Repository Brief to chase away the winter gloom is the Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection at the University of … Continue reading

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Sharing Family Recipes

Family meals do more than just bring on mouthwatering behaviors. Those favorite aromas and flavors stir up wonderful memories that make the devouring of the meal a more delightful experience. It’s no wonder that when we reminisce at a family … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Conducting Family Interviews

Most childhood memories involve listening to tall-tales at the feet of our older family members. As you look towards the family for source documents do not overlook the stories that may contain important clues. Interviewing a family member can be … Continue reading

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Back to Basics: Start with You

During a recent genealogy course it became apparent how online databases have changed the way beginners enter the hobby of genealogy. Microfilm readers are losing their status as record viewers as many researchers opt to use online digitized records. And … Continue reading

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Snailmail still works for family research

I received a call last night from an older family member regarding a letter from a family researcher. The researcher requested information to determine if her family was part of our family. So while I make contact with this possible … Continue reading

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Cemetery Picnicing in 7 Steps

The spring and early summer are fabulous times of the year for family gatherings and picnics. So why not make the family cemetery one of the destinations? 1) Take along a picnic basket, a blanket, a camera, and a pencil … Continue reading

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Getting Organized #1: Software Data

This month let’s be dedicated to setting aside a few hours to get some things organized for the family tree. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a few things I overlooked when tucking the sources away! Family tree software has its … Continue reading

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Skillbuilder: Placing Your Ancestors Within Their Time

Genealogy should not be narrowed around a database of names and places, detached from reality. Your ancestors experienced events that effected their lives and decisions just as you do today. The best part about living in the present generation is … Continue reading

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Documenting Civil War Ancestors

Here it is, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War…the Sesquicentennial. Yesterday marked the first official day of the Civil War. It’s remarkable how much we can enlighten our family history through the large assortment of records that have spawned … Continue reading

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