Research Challenges

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I would argue that all family historians have unicorns in their family tree. Yes, unicorns. I define a unicorn as an ancestor that shows up at the end of any given family line carrying nothing more than a name. They are usually female but can be male. They appear out of thin air, fully formed … Continue reading

So long, Family Tree Maker…

As millions of revelers celebrated the beginning of 2016 with fireworks and a toast at midnight,’s Family Tree Maker software was placed on life support. The company has decided to stop selling this popular software in lieu of its online, cloud-based system. While they will continue to support the legacy application for the balance … Continue reading

Tracking ancestors across time

As I write this post, I’m sitting in the aisle seat aboard Southwest airlines flight 1393 heading towards Chicago from Oakland, California. It’s the first of two flights that will eventually dump me in Norfolk where I pick up a rental car to ferret my way to a hotel in Suffolk, Virginia. To my right … Continue reading

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