Genealogy Geek, Part 4: Search for Veterans’ Military Histories on Ancestry’s Fold3

With Veterans Day this week, many of us are focusing on remembering those who have served in the military. Both of my grandfathers were in the Army during World War II, and I have other ancestors who fought in the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the Revolutionary War. But for people who don’t know how to navigate the system, it can be hard to find information to add to one’s family history about ancestors’ time in the military.

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Return of the Genealogy Geek, Part 1: Ancestry.com Continues to Expand and Deliver

For long time readers of the blog, you may remember my series from four years ago entitled “Genealogy for Geeks,” in which I went through much of Ancestry.com’s functionality, along with other genealogy websites and services. This post begins a new series, reviewing Ancestry again, along with some new sites that are connected to Ancestry, the now-released 1940 census, and more. But I’ll begin with an introduction to genealogy and family history itself.

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Doxie Flip

Backup Your Photo Collection With Doxie Flip

Over the last few years, I have had the opportunity to test many personal scanners. Besides using a scanner to reduce the paper clutter in my house and office, it’s also useful for converting print photos to digital files. I’ve managed to scan just about every photo I have, little by little… a couple dozen here, a couple dozen there. The fact is that I just don’t have any more photos to scan in, and this problem had me scratching my head as I opened the new Doxie Flip scanner and wondered just how I could best put it to the test.

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The Nerd State of Blissful Library Addiction

According to the United States of Shame chart, I live in the nerdiest state. I can relate to the first part of Wikipedia’s definition of nerd. “Nerd is a term that refers to a person who avidly pursues intellectual activities, technical or scientific endeavors, esoteric knowledge, or other obscure interests, rather than engaging in more social or conventional activities.” I […]

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