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New Jersey Genealogy, A Fertile Territory For Ancestor Research?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Family Search, Genealogy Research, New Jersey Genealogy, New York Genealogy, Pennsylvania Genealogy | 0 comments

New Jersey Genealogy, A Fertile Territory For Ancestor Research?

Board credentialed and Professional Genealogist provides tips on New Jersey genealogy research. A good family history researcher learns about the place where ancestors lived, as well as how to do genealogy research in New Jersey.

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Flood of Family History Info: Everyone Has Something to Say About the Weather

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Weather History | 0 comments

Flood of Family History Info: Everyone Has Something to Say About the Weather

Professional Genealogists find that weather stories enhance family histories. Find out how to trace family histories with the storms ancestors have seen. RecordClick family history researcher, and board credentialed Genealogist, Joan Schurtliff tells you how to enhance your ancestor search with weather-related information.

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Getting Around New SSDI Regulations: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Death Certificates, Family History, Family Search, Family Tree, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Newspapers | 0 comments

Getting Around New SSDI Regulations: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

In December 2013, the U.S. Congress passed the H.R. 295 - Protect and Save Act of 2013, which delays adding any new personal information to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) until three calendar years after an individual’s death. The SSDI is a major ancestor search resource for family history researchers. In light of the new legislation, professional genealogist Joan Shurtliff shares a number of workarounds to help family history researchers continue their genealogical research.

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Genetic Genealogy – Valentine, Heartache, or Both?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in DNA Genealogy, Find Birth Parents, Forensic Genealogy, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Genetic Genealogy | Comments Off

Genetic Genealogy – Valentine, Heartache, or Both?

One thing for sure, genetic genealogy is not boring. It is, as you would expect, scientific, complex, and complicated. But when all is said and done, genetic genealogy can be downright salacious and disturbing – which makes it a perfect topic to discuss around the water cooler and at cocktail parties. This article deals with one such story that surfaced just last month. Bear in mind, genetic genealogy is the very fiber of our being, but while blood may be thicker than water, it is not necessarily the cement that creates the love between a parent and child.

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Virginia Genealogy : Researching the Old Dominion

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in American Revolution, Ancestry Research, Census, Early Census Research, Family History, Family Search, Family Tree, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Lineage Societies, Virginia Genealogy | 0 comments

Virginia Genealogy : Researching the Old Dominion

Several decades ago, the Virginia Tourism Corporation adopted the slogan “Virginia Is for Lovers,” to describe Virginia's remarkable beauty, warm Southern hospitality, and rich historical past. More than 400 years ago, Europeans settled Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in North America. Where there were people over 400 years ago, there are family historians today hoping for records of those early settlers. Professional genealogist Patricia Dingwall Thompson shares her tips with ancestry researchers on how to find the first families of Virginia (also known as "Old Dominion") and the many family histories that come from the original settlements.

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Probate and Genealogy: Inheriting the Details for Your Ancestor Search

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Family History, Family Tree, Genealogists, Genealogy Research, Land Deed Research, Wills and Probates | 0 comments

Probate and Genealogy:  Inheriting the Details for Your Ancestor Search

Probate records are the documents that keep on giving, and Professional and board credentialed Genealogist Joan Shurtliff shows you why they are found gold for your ancestor search and family history project. Read on to discover the hidden secrets in old probate records, that can help you solve your genealogy mystery

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John Denver’s Genealogy Country Road Leads to Oklahoma – Not Colorado

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Family History, Family Tree, Genealogical Societies, Genealogists, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, German Genealogy, Oklahoma Genealogy, Russian Genealogy | 0 comments

John Denver’s Genealogy Country Road Leads to Oklahoma – Not Colorado

If you are looking for a Rocky Mountain High, you just might find related genealogical research answers in Lincoln, Nebraska. While visiting the American Historical Society of Germans From Russia headquarters and museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, professional and board-credentialed Joan Shurtliff literally stumbled on a brick inscribed with the name "John Denver." Could it be The John Denver of Take Me Home Country Roads fame? You're about to find out. [Spoiler Alert!!! It IS one in the same]

Photo credit: Joan Shurtliff, courtesy of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia; Lincoln, Nebraska

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Favorite Websites for Pennsylvania Genealogical Research

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Family History, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Pennsylvania Genealogy | 0 comments

Favorite Websites for Pennsylvania Genealogical Research

Online resources are a must for genealogical researchers. Professional genealogist Joan Shurtliff has seen and made a good many “favorite” online genealogy lists for RecordClick readers. Usually at the top of her list is FamilySearch and Ancestry; however, as vast as their offerings are, they may not have the desired information, especially for Pennsylvania genealogy. That doesn't stop Joan, however - she's about to share her "favorite" list of online genealogical research resources for the Keystone State with you.

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Need Genealogical Help In Ireland? Check Out the Libraries for Irish Genealogy

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Ancestry Research, British Genealogy, Family History, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Irish Genealogy | 0 comments

Need Genealogical Help In Ireland? Check Out the Libraries for Irish Genealogy

Professional genealogist Joan Shurtliff has found the pot o' gold once again with her latest article on libraries in Ireland. Turns out the Irish system of libraries is considered better than that of the United States based on its organization and interaction between urban and rural repositories. The National Library of Ireland houses more than 1 million items in its manuscripts' division, spanning almost 1,000 years. In typical style, Joan will walk you through the process of finding the ancestor search information that you need.

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Pennsylvania Genealogical Research Can Be a Religious Experience

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Ancestry Research, Church Records, Family History, Genealogy, Genealogy Research, Pennsylvania Genealogy | 0 comments

Pennsylvania Genealogical Research Can Be a Religious Experience

If you are an ancestry researcher in Pennsylvania, don't be surprised if you have a religious experience. Professional genealogist Joan Shurtliff, well known for her innovative avenues of genealogical research, is sharing her knowledge of religious records and how they can be used to gather information for your ancestor search. While volumes could be written about the religions in Pennsylvania, Joan will take you off the beaten track and share her valuable research tips.

~Photo: Interior of the interdenominational Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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