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Amy Johnson Crow is a Community Manager for Ancestry.com. She's a Certified Genealogist and an active lecturer and author. Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and No Story Too Small.

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Behind the Scenes: ProGenealogists Joseph Shumway

Posted on July 29, 2014 in In The Community, Who Do You Think You Are?

Many people wonder how to get the youngsters in the family interested in genealogy. Joseph Shumway’s grandmother figured it out. When Joseph was 12, she invited him over so he could help her learn her new genealogy software. “I was always the kid who enjoyed listening to the family stories,” Joseph recently told me. But… Read more

The White Glove Debate

Posted on July 28, 2014 in In The Community

Besides death and taxes, there is a third certainty of life: Have someone on television handle an old document without wearing white gloves and you will hear shocked people all across social media. Slightly less certain are the comments of those who are shocked when someone does wear white gloves when handling a document. Welcome… Read more

Special Delivery: Postmasters in the Family Tree

Posted on July 26, 2014 in Collections

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Postal Service! (We would have sent them a card, but we couldn’t find one for a 239th birthday.) One great thing about having an ancestor who held a government job such as postmaster is that it creates a paper trail. A postmaster (which is the correct term for both males… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 25 Edition

Posted on July 25, 2014 in In The Community

I’ve always been an avid reader. I enjoy seeing things from a different perspective or digging deeper into a subject that’s new to me. That’s what the articles we’ve read this week do. (Plus, there’s some inspiration to do some writing of your own!) “Census Sunday: William Wallace Greene Jr Counted Twice on 1930 Census,”… Read more

Dear Census Taker: Read the Instructions

Posted on July 21, 2014 in Research

Dear Census Taker: I would have addressed this as “Dear Enumerator,” but was concerned that you had not yet read the instructions that have been given to you and, thus, might be unfamiliar with that term. Those instructions are why I am writing to you today. Following these instructions will generate much joy for the… Read more

It’s Greek to Me: What We Can Learn From the Rosetta Stone

Posted on July 19, 2014 in Research

Ptolemy V had a problem. He was pharaoh, but was fighting opposition in parts of Egypt. Compounding the issue was the fact that he was only 13. On the first anniversary of his coronation, the priests issued a decree in support of young Ptolemy. To make sure everyone understood, they inscribed it in three languages:… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 18 Edition

Posted on July 18, 2014 in In The Community

I enjoy reading about other people’s research. Even if they don’t mention one of my ancestors, I often come away with ideas for new sources to look for, a new way of using a source I hadn’t thought of before, or motivation to keep up the search. What we’ve been reading this week has a little… Read more

Throwback Thursday Topic: The Moon Landing

Posted on July 17, 2014 in In The Community

This Sunday, July 20, marks the 45th anniversary of the moon landing. What once was unimaginable was suddenly happening and we could watch it from the comfort of our living rooms. For this week’s Throwback Thursday, several of us got together and shared our memories of that historic event. Juliana Szucs Smith: Last week I… Read more

What We Are Reading: July 11 Edition

Posted on July 11, 2014 in In The Community

The Internet is bursting at the seams (virtually) with genealogy and history. (I suspect that Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web for the sole purpose of researching his family tree.) With so much being published every day, it’s easy to miss out on some wonderful articles. That’s why we’re starting a new weekly column… Read more

New Sources for Black Sheep, Part 2: California Prison Records

Posted on July 11, 2014 in Collections

Richard Perkins was born in Kentucky around 1845. As a young man, he answered the call of the West and headed to California to seek his fortune. Things didn’t go as he had planned, so he decided to take the alias of “Dick Fellows” and supplement his income by robbing stagecoaches. In 1870, he was… Read more

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