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Old 11-17-09, 11:56 AM   #1
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Ancestry.com?

Who's used it? I'm pretty curious what it brings up. I'm sort of oblivious of my family and we're shrouded in a bit of secrecy as it is. I'm just interested in finding out more about it.
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Depends on your nationality; Italy's the easiest, just for fun a family member tried and they got it wrong, all the while we knew, still having plenty of cousins back there. As far as those families that've been here in the states for awhile, it's a matter of public record that they rely upon, a step saver I'd say. Germany and scandinavian countries may not be bad either. Slovic heritage, names have been altered. Ireland from inlaw's exp., again just for curiosity came out ridculous. Everybody came from Cork; that was was the port from which they'd embarked so it doesn't speak to the fact that they'd traveled a hundred miles or so to get to the port. It'll provide clues, weak ones leading to stronger ones.
I have more but it's a start. An Aunt of mine is published in such matters.
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If your family is from New Jersey it is worthless.
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Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

What else do you need to know?
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Depends on your nationality ; Italy's the easiest, just for fun a family member tried and they got it wrong, all the while we knew, still having plenty of cousins back there. As far as those families that've been here in the states for awhile, it's a matter of public record that they rely upon, a step saver I'd say. Germany and scandinavian countries may not be bad either. Slovic heritage, names have been altered. Ireland from inlaw's exp., again just for curiosity came out ridculous. Everybody came from Cork; that was was the port from which they'd embarked so it doesn't speak to the fact that they'd traveled a hundred miles or so to get to the port. It'll provide clues, weak ones leading to stronger ones.
I have more but it's a start. An Aunt of mine is published in such matters.
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The easiest way to discover family history is to find someone before you who already did all the research.
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Sadly, Ithink his parents are a test tube and a turkey baster.
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All if these sites and software programs are based in Utah. This is no coincidence. The Mormons attach a great importance to genealogy and it is to their benefit to know as much as they can. If you, for instance, establish your family tree through them, then a descendant becomes Mormon, you may be posthumously baptized into the Mormon Church.

Another angle is that if you supply information that you or someone else has researched, you give it away for free, but they make money on it.

Maybe getting the help in researching your ancestry makes the above irrelevant, but you should be aware of that I guess.

I have a distant cousin that has put a fair amount of effort into genealogical research. He had no problem sharing it with me, but he said that he did not want the information to become public for the above reasons. He didn't want Ancestry.com to make money off his research.
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All if these sites and software programs are based in Utah. This is no coincidence. The Mormons attach a great importance to genealogy and it is to their benefit to know as much as they can. If you, for instance, establish your family tree through them, then a descendant becomes Mormon, you may be posthumously baptized into the Mormon Church.

Another angle is that if you supply information that you or someone else has researched, you give it away for free, but they make money on it.

Maybe getting the help in researching your ancestry makes the above irrelevant, but you should be aware of that I guess.

I have a distant cousin that has put a fair amount of effort into genealogical research. He had no problem sharing it with me, but he said that he did not want the information to become public for the above reasons. He didn't want Ancestry.com to make money off his research.
They baptize the deceased?
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meh....if you go back far enough, I'm sure you'll find a monkey.
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meh....if you go back far enough, I'm sure you'll find a monkey.
I can get about 3 generations on my dad's side. My grandpa had 4 brothers and he's the only one with my last name. The rest were all named the family name. No one is sure why that happened, but it did.
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Alpine's not a family name?
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Ive used the site. my impression is that it makes a lot of things easier like searching through census records - on the other hand, it can make things difficult in that the searches you put in bring up completely irrelevant "matches". And most of the useful information you'll find are from documents which aren't on the site (old voter registrations, death certificates, etc).
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No, otherwise Sunbeam would be his older brother.

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If you understood the doctrine, it would make sense. Foo isn't the place for that discussion though.

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Are you Mormon, USAZorro?

If I misstated the concept, I meant no offense.
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You are embarking on an adventure of great satisfaction and incredible frustration...

There are a number of free resources...

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

http://www.cyndislist.com/
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Are you Mormon, USAZorro?

If I misstated the concept, I meant no offense.
Doohickie,

Thanks for your concern. You did fine, all things considered. No offense taken here.
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There are a number of free resources...

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

http://www.cyndislist.com/
That's weird, none of those sites comes up with anything other than my grandparents. My dad, my uncle and aunt, my cousins, my sis, and me are not being brought up at all.
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That's weird, none of those sites comes up with anything other than my grandparents. My dad, my uncle and aunt, my cousins, my sis, and me are not being brought up at all.
I'm pretty sure that there's a substantial lag in the release of public records to these secondary sources (like 50-60 years). I think that with the publishing of 2010 census data, the next release of records will be triggered. It might include that information you're looking for.
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I'm pretty sure that there's a substantial lag in the release of public records to these secondary sources (like 50-60 years). I think that with the publishing of 2010 census data, the next release of records will be triggered. It might include that information you're looking for.
my grandfather's death was recorded, and that was 9 years ago.
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If you understood the doctrine, it would make sense. Foo isn't the place for that discussion though.
I meant no offense either. I just had never heard of that but I agree it's not a topic for Foo.
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