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Finding Your Roots: Celebrating Family Historians

Finding Your Roots: Celebrating Family Historians

Without these family historians, what would genealogists do?

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Finding Your Roots: DNA Testing Yields Answers

Finding Your Roots: DNA Testing Yields Answers

“The way your scars are raised and roped tells me that you have either Asian or African background,” the plastic surgeon asserted. “Couldn’t be!” I reacted, looking with him at the healing burns on my arms back in the 1980s.

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Finding Your Roots: Exploring a Rich Italian Heritage

Finding Your Roots: Exploring a Rich Italian Heritage

Cheryl Gandolfo Maddox, a descendant of one of Tuolumne’s pioneer families, shared her family’s story with me. One thought that proudly ran through her conversation: “He came with absolutely nothing but the clothes on his back, and look what he

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Finding Your Roots: Searching for Sons and Daughters of Our Military Ancestors

Finding Your Roots: Searching for Sons and Daughters of Our Military Ancestors

We have many records available in the search for our military ancestors, but what of their sons and daughters?  What of the children who were born and died while their families accompanied their British-soldier fathers to battle?   Although this isn’t

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Finding Your Roots: Researching Military Records

Like many of you, I was an Army brat. We brats know what it meant to move every year or so, following our fathers from base to base. We made friends quickly because we knew we’d be on the move

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Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

As this column goes to press, genealogists are getting a big boost. The long-awaited 1940 U.S. Census became available on April 1. This is great for those who have had a difficult time finding family members who lived during that

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Finding Your Roots: Tuolumne County Veterans Military Museum

Finding Your Roots: Tuolumne County Veterans Military Museum

The Tuolumne County Veterans Military Museum in Sonora is a great place to visit if your parents or grandparents served in the military. You won’t find genealogical records, but the museum’s treasures will help you understand their service experiences a bit better.

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Finding Your Roots: ‘The Hunter’s Dream’

Finding Your Roots: ‘The Hunter’s Dream’

Returning from my 18-month Family History mission in Utah, I walked into the Carlo M. DeFerrari Archive in Sonora wondering, “What’s new?”  Directly in front of me was a huge painting called “The Hunter’s Dream.” To my left were several

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Finding Your Roots: Back to England

Finding Your Roots: Back to England

No matter your heritage, you will more than likely find at least one of your ancestral lines leading back to England. Let’s make something clear, though. When some folks say England, they are really referring to all of the British Isles.

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Finding Your Roots: Applauding Local Historians

Finding Your Roots: Applauding Local Historians

Genealogy miracles small and large have been experienced by most family history researchers … and recently, I watched one unfold. Have you ever bumped into a good friend while in a distant city – what a thrill to see them

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Finding Your Roots: Great Gains in Digital Access

Finding Your Roots: Great Gains in Digital Access

What a great time to be a genealogist! The records being collected and digitized are appearing online faster than we can keep track of them. At the time of this writing, there are 475 collections on beta.familysearch.org, and several more will

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Finding Your Roots: Poorhouse Records

Finding Your Roots: Poorhouse Records

“If you don’t stop wasting, you’ll land me in the poorhouse!” was a phrase that many of us who were Depression babies grew up hearing. Poorhouses have been with us for hundreds of years – and many people have been

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Finding Your Roots: Helpful Databases

Finding Your Roots: Helpful Databases

Thanks to the generosity of our Tuolumne County Archivist, Charlie Dyer, I am holding in my hands a real treasure – more valuable than gold! I realize that saying such a thing in the Mother Lode is like swearing in

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Finding Your Roots: Native American Ancestry

Finding Your Roots: Native American Ancestry

Your ancestry is Native American and you want to find your ancestral records. Your parents and grandparents have told you stories, but you wonder where to go from there. Perhaps the following will be of help to you and Myrtle

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Finding Your Roots: Tasty Clues to Heritage

Chocolate gravy … holopchi … taties … beaver tails. What do the foregoing have in common and how on earth could they be clues to your ancestry? At family gatherings, big or small, conversation usually gets around to “remember when…”

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Finding Your Roots: Names

Think about it. When you meet someone, what is the first thing you do?  You’re right – you exchange names. How about your pet? I’ll bet it has a name. The city you live in, the grocery store where you

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Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Finding Your Roots: On the Trail of an Indian Princess

Wow! The technology to assist us in family history research is advancing like a tsunami.  I recently attended the Family History Expo at St. George, Utah and came away with my head crammed full of information. I really like the

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Finding Your Roots: When the Bug Bites

Beware the ‘genealogy bug’! You know you have been bitten and are suffering the effects when you drive 200 miles just to crawl through a cemetery in the pouring rain. Peering through rain-spattered glasses at grave markers, you gently brush

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