Month: March 2016

Family History Writing Tips - Should I Include That
Writing Family History

Should I include that?

If you are blessed with an avalanche of information for a particular ancestor, do you include every last detail in their life story complication? When I worked on my mother’s scrapbook, I had a pile of resources to work with sheets of her journal, a life history that she started but never finished, a personal […]

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Genealogy 201

Joseph Geissler: Is Adam Really Albert on Naturalization?

  Our initial attempts at researching are not always productive. I think that is the case which searching for clues about witnesses on my 3-times great-grandfather Joseph Geißler’s naturalization proceedings. On October 11, 1858, in the Franklin County Superior Court, Joseph completed the steps necessary to become a US Citizen, along with 75 other immigrants. Each new […]

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Genealogy 201

How do you research naturalization paper neighbors?

After my initial attempt at researching names I discovered on a court docket for naturalization proceedings, I wondered how one should go about researching these names. You only have a name and a place of origin on the records from the 1850s. Without any relative or age details, how could you piece together someone’s history? […]

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Inspiration

Do you have the patience for genealogy?

Have you ever been around a three-year-old who is anxious to have something put together but is having trouble waiting for that thing to be assembled? Not too many years ago, my daughter waited impatiently for her daddy to put together a tricycle. She helped him get the parts out of the box. She attempted […]

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Brick Walls

Examining Naturalization Dockets for Joseph Geissler

As discussed in Joseph Geissler: An American Father, Joseph was born in Baden and immigrated to Franklin County, Ohio prior to 1858. He received a naturalization certificate which was passed down through the family and is currently in my distant cousin’s possession. Had he not had the original certificate hanging on the family wall in […]

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Genealogy 201

Joseph Geissler – Is Analyzing A Surname Helpful?

  Growing up a Geiszler meant that I had a somewhat unique name. There was no question of who someone was talking about when they referred to Devon Geiszler. No true if your name was Jennifer or Jennifer Smith. Additionally, there were few, if any, Geiszlers in Texas compared to Jones, Davis, or Martinez. The only […]

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RootsTech2016

RootsTech Review: Conference Feedback for RootsTech 2016

Less than a week after RootsTech, I received the emails from the conference requesting feedback emails. I completed the request but I thought I would share some of my thoughts. Remember it was my first time at this particular conference, but not at conferences in general. I’ve attended many for work, family history, and in […]

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RootsTech2016

RootsTech 2016: My Heritage After Party

Having given my presentation I was all out of words. Devon says I only have about 5,000 words each day and one presentation can use that up. So normally I would be ready to go back to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day and not interact with anyone. But I went to […]

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Preserving
RootsTech2016

RootsTech Review: Audacity the Power of Audio Editing

Guest blog by Andrew Lee Yes my class was one of my favorites as well. The topic (software program Audacity) was sort of a last minute thing. I had made up my draft proposals for three other classes in May. At the same time I was editing an audio cassette that my aunt had sent […]

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RootsTech2016

RootsTech Review: What Were The Best Classes Not Streamed?

Guest post by Andrew Lee I’m not heavily involved in the greater genealogy community, but I have been doing family history for over 20 years. Thus, what were the best classes at RootsTech and who presented them in the eyes of an unknown presenter? I had better luck than my wife with my selection of […]

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