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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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This year we have had one Friday the 13 in April and we will have another in July. Do you ever wonder just how many Friday 13s you have had in your lifetime? I began trying to remember how many bad things had happened on Friday 13, but I failed to remember the bad stuff. Instead, I could onl…

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Cemeteries are a restful place. The dead reside here, but the living used to picnic in cemeteries for picnic lunches and just enjoy the peace and quiet. This was common in the 19th century and later. I have used this diversion several times when I was searching through a large areal. The las…

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Are you a fan of FamilySearch.org? Many people are active on the site, both using Research, Families and photography albums to create albums within Families. I mainly use FamilySearch and Ancestry for research purposes only. I do not rely on the accuracy or privacy of either one. Nevertheles…

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Genealogists work hard to gather their family history information. They talk with family and try to verify their memories. It is necessary to find the paper record proving correct ancestry. Once we get all the record proof to confirm our ancestry, we can breathe a sigh of relief. We have eve…

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Until recently my celebrity sightings stayed in the musical realm – I tend to go to a lot of concerts. And at said concerts I try to meet the bands as often as I can.

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Genealogists always want to visit the land of their ancestors. My husband and I, including our daughters and son-in-law, have done this on our own. I cannot express what this meant to all of us. Seeing the research unfold in front of us in England, Cornwall, Ireland and the British Isles was…

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Months back I saw an alert (on one of the many entertainment apps on my phone) that Kix was coming to the Choctaw Grand Theater. I thought, that’s odd, I didn’t know they were big enough. The next day I saw an alert on a different app that Slaughter was coming also – but the day before.

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I am always so delighted when I have permission to share a reader’s memories and artifacts with those reading my column. John Greer was that reader this week who shared a warm memory of his now deceased father. I am happy to say that I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Lee Dane Greer of the G…

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The last time I saw Marty Stuart, his hair was as black as his outfit. But 24 years takes its toll, they have even torn down the venue he played then. Looking back, did we really have much need for Texas Stadium a couple years after that KSCS Country Fair in 1994? I mean concerts sounded wei…

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Every family has a story. Whether or not these can be documented, there are stories that mean so much to researchers as well as family members or someone who admired those families. Find these stories. You can start with yourself and write your memories of growing up. Then call or visit your…

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Their names were seldom or never mentioned because families feared the stigma that might follow. They were hidden in attics and buried without names on their tombstones. Or, they were sent off to a sanitarium where they were dropped off without a name or contact information. The insane, ofte…

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Sometimes genealogists find letters or diaries that disclose secrets from the past. Or, maybe it is just a document that answers questions not previously documented. Genealogists love it when, or if, this happens. But not many of us find letters or other documents that impart personal data f…

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I keep singing the praises of the Ancestry research sites. This time I have to tell you about the startling number of people who are now on or will be on their DNA site as soon as the lab work is completed. Ancestry just announced that their DNA database would contain 6,000,000 people as soo…

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Funny is funny, no matter the era. When I was young I was mesmerized by the antics of Gallagher every time I would watch one of his comedy specials. I mean, this guy got paid to smash crap with a giant mallet – and everybody ate it up. It was a simple trick but effective – and extremely funny.

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Whether you call it genealogy or family history research, we must only initially approach it as a historian before changing to searching for and studying original documents and accounts. In school, while studying an historical event, our teacher assigned us to read a chapter or book on the s…

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First show of the year – sweet. Unfortunately, it’s January, an outside show, and the lead vocalist for both bands, David Lowery had the flu and was unable to perform. But the rest of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven went out there and put on a great show.

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