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Next time I'll remember to ask this question when it's 1987 out.

I've had this little home decor project idea floating around in my head for ages and I need a specific kind of picture frame to pull it off. One of those family collage frame type dealies that everybody's grandma has in the den. But they seem to have dropped out of fashion and I haven't been able to find one anywhere over the course of numerous googlings for the past year and a half. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

...and my father's father before him.

How far does genealogy go back in different countries/cultures? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Oct 16, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me make pretty family trees

What program or software was used to make this family tree diagram? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Apr 12, 2012 - 5 answers

My great aunt was murdered somewhere in the USA around 1970 by her husband. I only know her first name. How do I find out the details?

My great aunt was murdered somewhere in the USA around 1970 by her husband. I only know her first name. How do I find out the details? [more inside]
posted by pandini on Mar 20, 2012 - 28 answers

Can you help me create a family tree?

Genealogy question: I have a lot of information on my (maternal) ancestors going back about 250 years. It's a huge long list of names, dates, places, and relationships, emailed to me years ago by my mother's cousin. The difficulty I'm having is that the information is organized in a linear fashion, and I'd love to see it in a family-tree type of format so I can better understand (visually) how these people are connected to me. I'm looking for software (free if available) that will allow me to plug in names, dates, and relationships, and will display it in a tree format. Can you recommend a website or service that would allow me to do this? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie on Aug 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Do people really trace their family trees back that far?

Do people really trace their family trees back that far? I'm pretty much dead-ended in the 1850s. [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Apr 28, 2011 - 52 answers

Online family tree?

Starting an on-line family tree: Geni or MyHeritage? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Dec 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Genealogy widget?

Are there any good, preferably free, widgets that I can use to build a family tree and put it on my blog? Ideally I would like a widget that has some sort of database behind it, and I would link to a database record for a specific ancestor when I write about them . It would also be cool to show an attractive family tree as a navigational tool to go to old blog posts about specific ancestors. You could click links in the genealogy widget to posts about all of the stories that are tagged "great grandpa Joe," for example.
posted by tnygard on Nov 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Alternatives to family bible for tracking family tree, offline or otherwise

I'd like some suggestions for a place to keep track of family births and events, much like traditionally done in a family bible. Books are nice, but all media considered. Points given in three categories: potential longevity, flexibility of data handling, and style. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Feb 2, 2009 - 7 answers

How to best print my family tree?

I've collected a large GEDCOM file of family tree information. What are the best ways to print charts and books from this data? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Feb 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Was this dude my great-grandfather...or an IMPOSTOR?!

If my maternal grandfather was my (alleged?) great-grandfather's biological son, why would his last name be different from both of his parents'? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Sep 25, 2007 - 11 answers

in case he grows up and gets rich, i need to know that I can get some kind of family money from him

Familytreefilter: Okay, so my mother's brother's wife's sister's daughter had a child. What is his relation to me? What's his mother's relation to me? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Apr 19, 2007 - 26 answers

Paying for a family tree?

Am I related to George Washington? I have a bet with my boyfriend but don't want to do the genealogical research myself. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale on Feb 11, 2007 - 14 answers

Paid geneology research

I'm interested in tracing my family tree. I've toyed around on genealogy.com before, but the sheer volume of information is staggering... and a bit off-putting for a novice like me. Is there a good, reputable, online service that will wade through the garbage and provide you with a well-researched analysis of your lineage? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Oct 31, 2005 - 11 answers

Danish Geneology

I'm interested in finding out about my father's side of my family, who is originally from Denmark. Unfortunately, I don't have much contact with that side of the family, so I have no one to ask. Can someone point me in the right direction of a resource that may help?
posted by jackofsaxons on Nov 26, 2004 - 3 answers

Recommendations for Genealogy Software

FamilyTreeFilter: I want to start tracking my family tree. I would like to go back as far as I can, at least to the first ancestors to come to the US. I've found that there are a lot of computer programs for this. Does anyone have any recommendations on software for this? Also, any helpful websites/books/etc?
posted by MrAnonymous on Nov 3, 2004 - 7 answers

Family Tree Program

Is there a free/cheap family-tree program (for the PC) that outputs in ascii text (with dashes, pipe-symbols, etc. as the connectors between people) or HTML format?
posted by grumblebee on Feb 9, 2004 - 1 answer

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