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Dallas Fan Days (Oct. 18-20, 2019) at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

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Many of us have lived in an old house sometime in our lives. Some prefer the older homes. The old house I lived in from about age 4 to 9 had so many mysterious places. It was fun exploring them.

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Just part of the fun at Fan Expo Dallas 2019.

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Images from the 14th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend (2019).

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No longer do we have to go to the Annex building on Hwy. 5 in McKinney to get original marriage licenses not previously picked up by the couple. The Collin County Clerk’s Office scanned the marriage licenses and made them available to purchase. If you access the site directed by the Clerk’s …

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Hunting the females in your family is difficult about 98% of the time. Why? They lie about age, place of birth and marriage date on census. Sometimes you cannot find them because they are in an institution for reasons of mental problems or because of menopause. Sometimes they want to escape …

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In 2020, we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of the 102 travelers onboard the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor in December 16, 1620. For those wanting to celebrate, the party begins as early as April 17, 2019, the Opening Ceremony held at the American Ancestors headquarters in…

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Bri Bagwell at Lava Cantina Thursday (April 4, 2019)

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Winger at Lava Cantina, Sunday March 24.

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Genealogists use census records at the beginning of each family search. When prospective members cannot produce a marriage license to a lineage society, they accept early census records as an indication the couple was married and the parents of the child in the household. We all know and und…

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It is imperative to begin immediately to interview all living relatives while they are still alive. Procrastinating can leave you with an hourglass whose upper flask is empty. Talking to the older members of your family about your family’s history is very rewarding. You can conduct interview…

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Searching cemeteries for the beginner can be unnerving, but taking along a seasoned or adventurous friend can be just the ticket to enjoying the beauty of the stones and their engravings as well as finding long deceased ancestors.

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Doesn’t it feel like you are constantly being asked to subscribe to this site or the other? The prices, even though lower than they used to be, are still high. There are neat tricks you can use to save a little money, but to put them in place will be a little time consuming in some cases, bu…

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This month is Black History month in the United States. Fold 3 is recognizing this by making the records in its Black History Collection, https://tinyurl.com/y8nvu3bn, available free through the end of February. From their website, you can search more than a million documents related to prim…

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The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is now registering for its annual conference, Journey of Discovery, in St. Charles, Missouri, May 8-11, 1919. The following is from their website where you may also see the electronic brochure, https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

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Over the holidays, I talked with genealogist John Greer who told me about his progress with recognizing the past Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He began this project in 2014 when the State President Tom Jackson appointed him the Chairman of Compatriot Grave markings. John says there …

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Do those cousin relationships get confusing? All those ‘cousin removed’ categories can become puzzling. I know the further the relationship goes down the cousin tunnel often befuddles me.

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I know some people have given up on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ever getting it right. Since the committee has done some shady things in the past (present, and probably future), I understand the frustration. But it’s the Hall we have, so I cut them a bit of slack, even though I really h…

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Hunting the females in your family is difficult about 98% of the time. Why? They lie about age, place of birth and marriage date on census. Sometimes you cannot find them because they are in an institution for reasons of mental problems or because of menopause. Sometimes they want to escape …

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After the recent workshop sponsored by Genealogy Friends featuring Colleen Fitzpatrick where she discussed hospital and asylum records, I began again to see what exactly I could find on this subject. I began by examining the ever-changing laws beginning in the 1990s. I was able to find that …

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Joe Eldred Burns, born and reared in this area, proudly followed a Burns family tradition by volunteering for military service in World War I in McKinney, Texas, on April 28, 1918. The young unmarried soldier became a Private in the 359th Infantry of the United States, Company H. His grandfa…

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Recently, friends of ours were blessed with their second child. Although she was a beautiful baby girl with little tuffs of blond hair, she looked just like the infant pictures of her big brother, now two, who was also born with little hair and who is also blond. I warned the mom that in tim…

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"Ladies of the '80s" with Debbie Gibson, Lisa Lisa and Tiffany on Thursday, October 18 at Allen Event Center.

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Dallas Fan Days was held at the Irving Convention Center Oct. 19-21. From Dragon Ball and Harry Potter to cosplay and comic book needs, there was truly something for everybody. You can find information about this and future events at https://www.dallasfandays.com.

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October is here again and time to celebrate National History Month. To celebrate, I have chosen to write more days a week than I already do. I have one family history almost finished and I need to get it done, this year! I also decided to scan another day of the week. I try to keep up with t…

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The question arose the other day about what the audience thought about their DNA being used on GedMatch to solve decade’s old criminal cases. I answered that I do not mind it at all. If a criminal is hiding in my DNA, then I am delighted for law enforcement to identify and arrest the person.…

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The study of family history is not just about collecting the documents and pictures of your ancestors, but eventually reaches into other areas, such as writing books on your family and other subjects, to colorizing black and white photographs.  Now she is transforming creased, damaged photog…

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Are you using every avenue to determine your ancestor’s information? Being perceptive of the available records is necessary. One can begin by just thinking of the records you yourself create on a day-by-day basis. The first record you created is probably your birth record. The next records y…

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During the years 1850-1880, there is a possibility you may find in the mortality schedule the name of someone who died within the last year of the date of enumeration, which is June 1. That means the name might be listed between June 1 of the previous year through the census year date of May 31.

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On September 15, Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick will speak to genealogists at the Plano Bible Church, 1900 Shiloh Road in Plano and sponsored by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc. Colleen will speak on the following subjects in the all-day workshop.

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