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The Research Journal · 3W ago

Women in the US Signal Corp During WWI: Was My Great Aunt a Hello Girl?

My Dad’s maternal aunt is an intriguing figure in my family tree.  She was a French immigrant coming to America in the early 1900s.  She never married and never had children.  She may have p...
The Research Journal · 1M ago

A French Woman Abandoned in San Francisco in the 1880s

I don’t know why Magdelaine Mazeres left France for America. She arrived in the late 1870s, a single woman, navigating the bustling city of San Francisco alone. She ended up in a bad situati...
The Research Journal · 2M ago

MyHeritage DNA Ups Its Game with Updated Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage DNA made a lot of genealogists happy in January 2018 by adding a chromosome browser.  This allowed users to see what chromosome sequence they shared with DNA matches.  But, it was...
The Research Journal · 2M ago

What Makes Me Tick? Satisfying My Curiosity

I was stumbling over this question, not knowing what direction to go in, so I worked on something else. As I was researching my great great aunt’s employment for the WPA in 1940, I started a...
The Research Journal · 2M ago

Genealogy on Flipboard

Have you heard of Flipboard?  Flipboard is a social media app that allows you to collect articles and blog posts in magazine format.  To save an item, you “flip” it.  You can share these ite...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

Women Worked For The WPA: The 1940 Census and Marie Grace Bonita

Did you know that women were employed through the WPA during the Depression just like men?  The 1940 US Federal Census is one place where we can find out if our relatives were working for th...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

Ten Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid When Working on Your Family Tree

I work with people with different degrees of genealogy research experience. They seem to think I have some special talent for genealogy.  I’m going to let you in on something. I sucked at ge...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

DNA Ethnicity Estimates Are Just That, Estimates

The title of the Gizmodo article “How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage and Probably Yours, Too”, screams out to DNA test takers:  Danger Will Robinson!  Oh, wait, that was something ...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

Harry Jackson, I Need to Talk to You

There are many ancestors I’d like to invite to dinner if I had the chance.  My great grandmother, Margaret (Jones) Jackson used to dance on tables when she was a little tipsy.  That’d be ent...
The Research Journal · 3M ago

Who Am I? 20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

I’m doing the Book of Me:  Getting to Know You Series blog challenge.  In this post, I’ll tell you 20 things that you probably didn’t know about me. Here’s 20 random things about me… I hide ...