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Make Your Own Family Tree: Your First Steps

It seems hard to believe now, but I started researching my family tree just about 19 years ago. I was a teenager. I honestly don’t know what prompted me to have an interest in my family history. But I do remember what that early phase was like. Today I’d like to share some of the first steps that were involved in the process for those of you new to genealogy research or those of you still deciding if you (or your...

Should You Share Unflattering Facts Uncovered Abou...

Every now and then family history research uncovers less-than-flattering information about our families. When that happens, we have to make a decision. Do we share that information with other family members? Or do we keep it to ourselves? You would think the answer would be obvious, but certain lines are easy to cross. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to hurt other members of your family. But you might not...