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Genealogy Myths: Real, Fool's Gold, or Both?

Family stories are a wonderful thing.  They often give you insights into the lives of your ancestors.  However, beware!  not all family stories are true.  Many such stories are fictional.  Yet, even the stories that are either entirely or part fiction may contain clues to facts.  Good genealogical practice requires that we admit fiction.  But the next step the genealogist takes separates art from science.  Before we discard these stories altogether, we need to mine them for nuggets of truth.  Let's take a look at a few of the more common "family legends" to see which ones you can..... read more.

 

 

Family History Becomes a Passion for Many

Lake Stevens Journal

Genealogy is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world today and for good reason -- people want to know where they came from.

"It received a great boost when Alex Haley wrote Roots back in 1977", Family History Center volunteer Susie Putnam said.  "People want to find out where they came from, and in doing so, they realize the sacrifices made by those who went before them.  Their ancestors become real people, not just a name."

Lake Stevens offers a place..... read more.

 

 

Why Genealogy is Bunk! 

Smithsonian Magazine Cover reads "Why Genealogy is Bunk!

 

 

Researchers Seek DNA Link to Lost Colony

TIME Roanoke Island, N. C.

Researchers believe they may be able o use DNA to uncover the fate of the Lost Colony which vanished shortly after more than 100 people settled on Roanoke Island in 1587.  Using genealogy, deeds and historical..... read more.

 

 

Mary Penner: Researchers use Standard to verify findings

The 1860 census listed my ancestors age as 27, born in Ohio.  That suggests a girth date about 1833 - handy information.  Yet, when I looked at the 1870 census, his birthplace had migrated back to New York, and he was now 47 years old.  Math isn't my strong suit, but adding 20 years to his age after just 10 years doesn't.... read more.

 

 


Canadian Genealogy News

History of the Census of Canada

Canada's first census was initiated by Intendant Jean Talon in 1666. The census counted the colony's 3,215 inhabitants and recorded their age, sex, marital status and occupation. In light of the need for information to help plan and develop the Colony of New France, Talon did much of the data collection personally, visiting settlers throughout the colony.

The years leading up to 1871 (Canada's first national census) saw..... read more.

 


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Census of 1841 Hits Web

Mirror.co.uk

THE 1841 census for England and Wales has been published online.

Documenting the population on June 6, it records Queen Victoria in Buckingham Palace and Charles Dickens in Devonshire Terrace, London.

It was the only census available to the public that had not been put on the web. Now, records from 1841 to 1901 taking in about 165 million names are available online.....
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