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A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Genealogy | Erin Tilley

Family History, Guest Blogger By June 21, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Sweden. A country that conjures up images of ABBA, safe cars and furniture that you buy flat and have to put together. If you have ever done any research into Swedish ancestors, however, Sweden will also conjure up names like ‘Johan’, ‘Olaf’, ‘Anders Andersson’, ‘Olaf Olafsson’ and of course their children ‘Anders Johansson’ and ‘Johan Olafsson’. But Swedish genealogy doesn’t have to be all headaches and mazes of Johans. With careful preparation and an understanding of how Swedish archives work, research in to Swedish genealogy can be very rewarding very quickly.

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From Grandma, With Love | Rich Venezia

Family History, Guest Blogger By June 7, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Grandma C. was a special lady. She always knew the right thing to say – always. She was Irish by descent, but cooked a mean Italian Sunday dinner. Perhaps most importantly, she knew how to have a good time. When we visited, it was a tradition to…

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Messages From the Past | Connie Yen

Family History, Guest Blogger By May 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , 4 Comments

When I first began collecting postcards, I was primarily interested in cards with local images. I gradually expanded my collection to include holiday and birthday postcards. One day, while browsing through a large rack of postcards at an antique store, I noticed several cards that were all sent to the same address. At that point, my interest in old postcards converged with my lifelong interest in family history…

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Family History: From Blog to Book | Lynn Palermo

Family History, Guest Blogger By April 19, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , 5 Comments

A family history book seems an impossible feat at times.

How does one convert years of research into some semblance of stories and organize those stories along with pictures and documents into a book?

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Sharing and Sourcing Oral Histories | David Allen Lambert

Family History, Guest Blogger By March 29, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Genealogy has been a passion of mind since childhood. It is hard to believe it has been four decades since I first asked my grandmother about a tintype photo of her father. From her stories I was hooked into the exciting world of family history. I became the nosey nephew at family gatherings, always asking questions and seeking old photographs or documents. Many relatives would get bored with my questions, however a handful of my older cousins encouraged my research. By the time I was twelve years old I had already typed my first thirteen page genealogy book (on file at NEHGS).

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Hilson: A Story Behind the Name | Madam Ancestry

Family History, Guest Blogger By December 1, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

My research began with a man by the name of Nathaniel Henry Hilson and his brother, Emmitt Henry Hilson.
Nathaniel was my great-grandfather. I was always told that he was from Oklahoma. One day I remember hearing a story that conflicted…

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