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Genealogy Rocks!

  • Carol Cooke Darrow writes Geneology Rocks! column in 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Sharing Family Memories

    With holiday gatherings in full swing, now is a great time to interview witnesses. Ask the people around the table what they remember about the old farm or the house in the big city where they lived. How, exactly, did they meet their spouse? How long was the courtship? Why did they decide to elope? …

  • Bob Larson writes Technology is Hip coluumn via 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Technology Benefits Genealogists!

    Since the beginning of genealogy centuries ago, antiquarians, past genealogists, and family historians recorded their results on paper. After years of research, lots of paper and storage were required. Today, genealogy researchers and family historians use computers with family tree software or online trees with optional scanners or digital cameras to record their research. Computers …

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    Land Records Part 2

    by Ceil Damschroder After the Revolutionary War, some of the 20 State Land States, (the 13 original colonies plus 7) ceded their westward sections of land to the Federal Government. The Federal Government then had lots of land and very little money. It was determined that the land should be surveyed and sold or given …

  • Carol Cooke Darrow writes Geneology Rocks! column in 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Do-It- Yourself Research

    If you’ve been watching “Who Do You Think You Are,” you may be impressed that the expert genealogists find records and trace families back five, six, or seven generations in less than an hour. It can be exciting! But a visit by Joshua Taylor, genealogist and host of the current “Genealogy Roadshow,” let us in …

  • Carol Cooke Darrow writes Geneology Rocks! column in 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

    In the last couple of months I’ve written about sorting out men with the same name. But often the ladies are the ones that give us the most trouble. They all seem to be named Mary, Sarah or Elizabeth. Frequently, they have no last name – only the surname of their spouse. How are we …

  • Carol Cooke Darrow writes Geneology Rocks! column in 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Tracking People With Common Surnames

    It may amaze you to learn that almost all of us have Smiths or Jones or Williams ancestors. Depending on how significant they are to your family line, you may have struggled to identify them – or thrown up your hands in frustration. Here are some tips that might help clear up the confusion. 1. …

  • Kathy Patrick

    Joining Other Genealogical Societies Is Beneficial!

    There are many genealogical and historical societies in the United States and each one offers unique databases, educational opportunities and sometimes discounts to subscription databases. Members also can access webinars in real time and in recorded sessions whereas nonmembers may be charged for webinar access. If you are researching ancestors in that particular area, you …

  • Carol Cooke Darrow writes Geneology Rocks! column in 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    Eureka!

    Serendipity, the magic of an accidental discovery, may strike when the book answering your brick wall question falls off the library shelf at your feet. If you have been doing genealogy for a long time, you may indeed have encountered serendipity when you found such a book, obituary or military record. But such a stroke …

  • Bob Larson writes Technology is Hip coluumn via 50 Plus Marketplace News for northern Colorado seniors

    The Future of Family Tree Software

    Genealogists received disappointing news last December when Ancestry announced dropping Family Tree Maker (FTM), the nation’s largest family tree software program. The reason is mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are taking over the world and desktop or laptop computing is declining rapidly. Ancestry decided to put more emphasis on their online family tree …

  • Karen Wente

    Ancestor Stories Found In Unusual Places

    What makes genealogy, the study of ancestors, fascinating? I believe it’s funny and ironic stories of our forefather’s lives that could never be made up. Recently, I was surfing the internet for my 8th great grandfather, Edward Palmer, born about 1623, whom emigrated from England. I found information on a most unusual website: BostonPoliceMuseum.com. From …

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