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Weigh the credibility and quality of possible sources
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008
All sources are not equal. Some are more reliable than others. How do we determine a source's credibility? An excellent guide is Elizabeth Shown Mills' "Evidence Analysis: A Research Process Map."
Be sure to check all variants of a name
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008
Names aren't always what we think they should be.
Poetry can hold clues to family
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008
In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, ordinary folks often philosophized in rhyme and crafted poems for special occasions, just as Fred did. Mourners memorialized loved ones with verse. Even with limited educations, our ancestors were more fluent and more comfortable in their mother tongue than we are today. Despite varying skill levels, each poem is a historical record created by a specific individual at a specific time for a specific reason. If we refrain from critiquing our ancestor's verse and simply read his words we will find the genealogical clues he buried.
Constitution Week celebrates country's origin of freedom
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008
On Sept. 18, 1787, 55 delegates from 12 states filed out of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia after crafting what would become the world’s most enduring testament to self-government, the United States Constitution.
Regional center a top destination for research
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008
Ancestors happen at the Las Vegas Regional Family History Center.
Genealogists find value in activists' records
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008
Activists, no matter their cause, create records that genealogists can utilize. Why would genealogists care about the records generated by political or social activists? Sometimes folks have personal reasons for pursuing a cause. However, even when their motives are more general, the cause they choose and the records they generate reveal much about the individuals and the times in which they lived.

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