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For Mappy Monday, I just found a little gem tucked into the end-pages of Vsia Rossia, the All-Russia business directory, digitized by a library in Russia. The document was published in 1895, so it is long out of copyright, and fair game for using here. Guberniya (provincial) boundaries are shown in green, and roads in [...]

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In honor of Thrifty Thursday, I want to compare what food cost 100 years ago to what it costs today. A nifty website from the Historical Text Archive shows costs for many food staples for the years 1914, 1924, 1976, and 2002. The more recent data comes from Starkville, Mississippi, rather than the large urban [...]

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f you have ancestors who served in the US Army at Fort Sheridan in Illinois (or Camp Custer in Michigan, or Camp McCoy in Whitewater, Wisconsin, or Camp Douglas in Michigan, or Camp Knox, in Kentucky), run – do not walk – okay, let your fingers do the walking – to the personal photo album [...]

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On April 1, I taught a workshop to  members of the Jewish Genealogical Society at the Los Angeles annual research day at the Family History Library. This was a chance to practice giving this talk before giving it again in Paris in July, at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference. The workshop [...]

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Genealogy Jamboree!

The 42nd annual Genealogy Jamboree took place June 9-12, 2011, and I was there. I’ve been attending for more years than I can remember, and each experience is enriching. This year’s highlights included: John Colletta and DG Fulford shared writing techniques that will ultimately make my family histories both accurate and engaging. Lisa Louise Cooke [...]

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Why the kitchen sink?

Welcome to kitchen sink genealogy. We are all sisters (or brothers!). If your family line includes any one with names from this site, I’ll call you cousin, whether we can prove we are related by blood or not. So, my family includes everyone but the kitchen sink. Jane Neff Rollins La Crescenta CA USA

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