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MyCanvas Guest Blog – A Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Genealogy

Have Swedish family history and not sure how to get started? I share how to get started in this guest blog post for MyCanvas! Learn common Swedish genealogy words, and…
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A Family Secret… Really Resolved

Some months ago I posted about the mystery in my family of my grandfather who discovered he was adopted when he was in his 60s. As a genealogist, I had…
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Yet another blog post about Ancestry’s decision to retire Family Tree Maker.

The big news today being talked about on social media by pretty much everyone involved in genealogy is the announcement by Ancestry about the end of Family Tree Maker.It's not…
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A-studying we will go

I like to think of myself as relatively widely read, somewhat intelligent and borderline academic. The reality is I can easily become obsessed by a book/books/journals/articles/other ready-type things, I am…
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WWI – Olaf Milford Johanson – The Enlistment

One hundred years and ten days ago, my great, great uncle Olaf Milford Johanson enlisted for service abroad with the Australian Imperial Force.He enlisted at Claremont in the state of…
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DNA – learning to expect the unexpected

This is the first part in a multi-part blog series about DNA testing and genealogy.After 20+ years of genealogical research, I like to think I know my family history pretty…
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Organisation, shmorganisation

One thing that people who know me well will say about me is that I come across as organised, determined and singular in how I work. I know what I…
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A Family Secret Resolved

(This post is a follow-on from this one)The prospect of phoning someone you are potentially related to and announcing that their grandfather had an illegitimate child is, to say the…
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A Family Secret (or, How I Learned To Tread Carefully When Doing Certain Research)

I have a big family.If I count my parents, step-parents, half-brother and sister, my step-brothers and sister, their partners (and their children) plus my grandparents then we're up to twenty-two people.…
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Concerning Convicts

A much-loved go-to pseudo insult of Australians by the English is "convict" or, if they're feeling particularly nasty, "crim". I am here to declare once and for all - calling…
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