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Why My Ancestry.com Family Trees are Public

 For those unfamiliar with the Ancestry.com website, let me start by explaining that members are able to choose the privacy settings for their trees; either public or private.  A public tree can be seen by all members.  A private tree can only be viewed by invitation of the owner.  There’re a few gray areas concerning […]

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Why Organize Your Family Tree Online?

 If you’re anything like me, you might find that an online family history is a relief from the chaos and confusion of an entirely paper-based history.  And, I’m not even especially computer literate.  I inherited boxes full of photos and documents.  Notes scrawled on scraps of paper and the backs of envelopes.  Partial fan charts.  Written histories […]

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The Life And Death Of A Civil War Soldier

 George Washington Willson & The Battle of Arkansas Post  Time had forgotten George Wilson until I began constructing my family tree a few years ago.  He was only a note on paper; my 2nd great grand aunt Mag’s first husband, killed in the Civil War.  The Latter-day Saints’ website yielded a marriage record.  But I couldn’t find anything […]

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Ancestry.com, Meet Jaron Lanier

I am seriously in like with Ancestry.com.  Whatever its shortcomings, the site simply has the most and the best genealogical resources currently available.  Ancestry.com membership isn’t free, and I’m not suggesting that it should be.  The company provides useful information and a great system for organizing it, and they deserve to be paid for their service.  But, despite the […]

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