How to Order a Federal Land Entry File

Historic land records in the U.S. are amazingly well-preserved and access is surprisingly less difficult than one would think.  This is especially true for federal land records.  If you have an ancestor whom you believe purchased land from…
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SLIG 2020 Courses Revealed

The 2020 schedule of courses for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) were revealed at the Friday night banquet on January 18.  I encourage anyone interested in genealogy to attend.  These are top-flight courses taught by the world's…
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The Perils of Norway Research

I made an error in my last post.  It's the statement that Laura Olsdatter Bohn (1853-1923) immigrated to the United States in 1887, arriving in New York City on the S.S. Island on 8 July. After I posted, one of my SLIG instructors, Finn…
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MyHeritage DNA Results Are In

I won a door prize!  It was a DNA test kit from MyHeritage DNA, which I received while attending the Association of Professional Genealogists conference in Kansas City last month.  It was funny because all four of the men at the conference…
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Projects, Plans, & Accomplishments: 2018 - 2019

Every genealogist's path to becoming professional is different.  Like many others, it began for me as a hobby.  But once I retired in 2016, I got more passionate about it - and more serious.  My first year of operation as a professional has…
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Applying DNA Tests to Family Trees

There are 4 types of DNA for which you can receive test results: Autosomal, Y-DNA, X-DNA, and mtDNA. To better understand the differences, it may be useful to visualize these different DNA tests and how they apply to genealogical research…
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Understanding DNA Testing

Genetic genealogy is booming!  DNA testing companies like Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), AncestryDNA, MyHeritage DNA, and 23andMe, among others, are growing rapidly as more and more people are spitting into test tubes and getting their DNA examined…
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Road Trip to Red River Valley I

Genealogy on the Move:  Genealogy road trips are a marvelous, fun way to conduct research.  Nothing can replace the intimacy of seeing a family homestead, former residence, or grave site in person. Road trips can also be remarkably productive. …