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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

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background?

How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Mar 4, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this city name on this headstone?

Please help me read the name of this French city on this headstone! [more inside]
posted by erst on Feb 15, 2012 - 29 answers

Help a librarian with Native American genealogy question!

I'm a reference librarian trying to help a patron find some information. The father of her children claimed to be Native American, but she is no longer in contact with him. She does have his first and last name and social security number, but no other information. She would like to find out whether he was telling the truth and what tribe he was part of, and share that information with her kids. I've told her that her best bet is to check the tribal rolls in the area that he lived, but she hasn't had any luck there. Any other suggestions?
posted by crowyhead on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Who's yo' daddy, William X. O'Brien?

Does anyone know anything about the Irish trade unionist and politician William X. O'Brien (23 January 1981 - 31 October 1968)? I read that he was born in Clonakilty and, descending from the O'Brien family in that area, I'm curious if he's a relative. I would think it'd be easy to get a little family information on him given his relative prominence, but I haven't turn up much.
posted by Enneking on Jan 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Should I visit a FamilySearch Center for my genealogy research?

Reminded by this question, I want to know if any of my fellow genealogists or history enthusiasts have ever visited their local Mormon FamilySearch Center. [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on Jan 3, 2012 - 14 answers

Flexible, customizable, free, gay-friendly, Windows-compatible genealogy software?

Flexible, customizable, free, gay-friendly, Windows-compatible genealogy software? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Which X Chromosome did I inherit from my mother?

Which X Chromosome did I inherit from my mother? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Aug 27, 2011 - 12 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

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)?

What is origin of Howard St. in Waltham, Mass. (Part #2)? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis on Aug 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Can I hire someone to do my genealogy research?

Can I hire someone to do my genealogy research? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Aug 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me snarf image files accessible via a web app

The Mormons have put images of a whole lot of family records online (e.g., here) and people can view and download them for free via a web app. This is super nice of them. But their app is so slow and buggy that doing this page-by-page is driving me crazy. How can I download a whole lot of images at once, or at least automate the process?
posted by Joe in Australia on Aug 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Genealogy websites

I just saw a commercial for ancestry.com that sold me on finding out interesting things about my family that I wouldn't even think to look for or ask about. What are my options in terms of services (are there better genealogy sites than ancestry.com?), and what will this cost me? Have you had a good experience with a genealogy service?
posted by rastapasta on Jun 12, 2011 - 19 answers

Like StoryCorps, but with more beer.

At our upcoming family reunion (the first in a good seven years), my mother wants to run an audio "story booth" where family members can come and tell stories to be preserved for posterity. Can y'all think of any tips -- before, during and after -- to help this run smoothly and get the most interesting stories? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Name that search engine!

Dear HiveMind, please help me think of a name for a new web project I'm building. It's essentially a "genealogy search engine in a box", based on a customized build of Apache Solr. It will allow moderately tech savvy genealogy geeks, whether individual genealogists or small genealogy organizations, an easy way to index and search datasets of names and any related data, with a nice front end UI for doing searches. Notable features include faceted search (by record year, record town(s), record source, etc.), soundalike surname searching, customizable given name synonyms (i.e. searching for "Becky" also finds Rebecca), and pop-up Google Maps linked to record locations. And the entire project will be open source. The project is already about 90% completed, but I need something snappy to call it before I can release it. Ideas welcome!
posted by Asparagirl on May 17, 2011 - 16 answers

Lots of photos of tombstones. I want to crowdsource the transcription. How?

I have lots and lots of photos of tombstones and I want to get the information into a machine-readable format - ideally a spreadsheet. I think I can find volunteers to transcribe them, but I need a way to do it efficiently. Can anyone suggest a way to do this online, perhaps using some sort of blogging or Wiki-like software?
posted by Joe in Australia on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Help deciphering some old handwriting?

Deciphering old handwriting...please hope me. [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally on May 3, 2011 - 13 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

Looking for an an English-speaking genealogist in Austria

I need an English-speaking genealogist in Austria with experience searching Austro-Hungarian military records. I haven't had much luck using search engines. Any suggestions?
posted by Joe in Australia on Mar 30, 2011 - 2 answers

I'm sure I have relatives...somewhere.

[biogeography filter] Both of my parents are adopted. How can I find out more about my ethnic heritage? Complicating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Software for local history?

How are people using software and the net to gather and write local history? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Feb 14, 2011 - 10 answers

German family tree research?

I'm tracking down my grandparents' backgrounds in Germany. Point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Feb 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Any tips for finding out the meanings of out-of-the-ordinary names?

Etymological/genealogical question--tips or tricks for finding the origin of a very elusive family name when Googlefu, Ancestryfu and all other manner of -fus fail? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci on Feb 7, 2011 - 19 answers

Online family tree?

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

How can I find common words in two lists?

How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Good genealogy blog theme?

Good genealogy themes for a Wordpress blog? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Dec 7, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms?

How can I compare the text in two excel cells for common terms? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 6, 2010 - 5 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

Why did my roots transplant themselves?

What are some resources I can look at describing the conditions of northern Germany during the 19th century, and why people may have wanted to emigrate from there? [more inside]
posted by sanka on Nov 20, 2010 - 4 answers

What Happened To the Descendants of Famous Historical Figures?

Are there any published works that attempt to trace the descendants of famous historical figures, especially those we read about in ancient history? For example, Cleopatra had children by Julius Ceasar and Marc Antony. One of her daughters was married off to Jubal, king of Numidia and Mauretania. What became of their children? Looked at another way, who among those alive today can trace their lineage to the most distant dates? Royal families would seem to have the advantage here, but not necessarily.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 3, 2010 - 31 answers

Analyzing Surname Data

I need help visually and clearly showing/analyzing surname data retrieved from 23andme.com's Relative Finder feature. [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on Jul 9, 2010 - 4 answers

Italian Genealogical Records Help!

Help me find a (reputable) person or agency who can procure genealogical records from Italy (specifically Sicily) -- preferably who can communicate in English [more inside]
posted by frmrpreztaft on Jun 24, 2010 - 8 answers

Can You Read This Handwriting?

I'm currently working on my family tree and managed to track down a marriage certificate for my great grandfather. The problem is I can't decipher the handwriting. Can anyone help identify these addresses? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on May 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Quick and easy digital genealogy.

How should I organize my family heritage digitally? Quick and easy methods needed. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on May 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Need your help with a file conversion

Need help converting very old Family Tree Maker .ftm file to gedcom. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Apr 11, 2010 - 4 answers

Can a genealogy site display personal info without my permission?

Is it legal for a random genealogy website to display my full name, birthdate and mother's maiden name without asking my permission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 15 answers

Where is Enoch Benedict Buried?

Genealogy - I would like to find out where an ancestor was buried. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Mar 23, 2010 - 17 answers

What are the best scan settings for archival photos?

Help me scan some precious old family photos! I need advice on the best settings to use: TIFF, dpi, encodings, and the rest of it.. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin on Mar 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Where is "Landerthal near Blaustaden, Austria"?

My grandparents were part of a group taken to Austria as slave laborers via the Strasshof concentration camp. The last surviving member of the group remembers their destination as being "Landerthal near Blaustaden, Austria". Does anyone know where this is?
posted by Joe in Australia on Mar 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Family Tree Research, How?

My girlfriend has been doing a family history... [more inside]
posted by Splunge on Mar 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Using colored filters to photograph gravestones

I want to get some feedback on my idea for photographing eroded gravestones before I go out and buy the materials to test it. I propose taking two camera flashes and putting green film over one and red film over the other. Then I'll mount one on the left and one on the right of the camera. I hope that this will give green shadows on one side of the carvings and red shadows on the other, and by fiddling with the resulting photo in Photoshop I'll be able to see the faded carvings better. Does this sound as though it would work? Could I get by with a single coloured flash? Is there a better way?
posted by Joe in Australia on Mar 1, 2010 - 13 answers

And no, you are not like Charlemagne.

For the Genealogists, armchair or otherwise: You are a Man or Woman living in the 1500s. All things being average, how many descendants would you have today? [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher on Feb 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Finding Adoption Records from the 1920s

My grandmother was adopted in Roseau, MN, in April of 1921 at the age of 6 months. On October 13, 1920, she was born, and given into the care of the Lutheran Children's Home Society of Minneapolis. I've found the new name of this organization, and I have the proper forms to fill out to find her original birth certificate. I still worry, however, that this won't go too far. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Dec 29, 2009 - 4 answers

Hey, You Look Familiar

If a woman had a son with Mr. X, then a subsequent son by Mr. X's brother, what would the childrens' relationship to each other be? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on Nov 27, 2009 - 11 answers

When did we stop inventing new surnames?

When did we stop inventing new surnames? [more inside]
posted by szechuan on Aug 20, 2009 - 41 answers

Pictures of a politician.

What should I do with personal family photos of Notable Historical Personage, my Chinese great-grandfather? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Aug 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Seeking recomendation for immigration attorney in Los Angeles for Italian citizenship by descent case

Please recommend an attorney -- preferably one in the Los Angeles area -- for an unusual Italian citizenship by descent case. Looking for one with knowledge of complicated 20th Century treaties regarding the former Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, Italy, and Greece, and experience dealing with a lack of some typical primary citizenship evidence. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jun 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Hey, Are We Related?

with all this internet connectedness, I've met a few different people online (either through facebook, twitter or geni) who share my not-very-common last name, and we've tried to determine if we're related by relating some of the oldest relatives we know who share the surname, but usually we don't find any overlap. As a genealogical novice, what should my next steps be in trying to find out if we're actually distantly related or if some clerk at Ellis Island just liked to give a bunch of French/German immigrants the same last name? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on May 1, 2009 - 16 answers

Locating missing relatives in Scotland

My Father-in-law and wife are going to Edinburgh, Scotland this summer to try and locate his relatives. I thought I'd try to help by visiting geneaology forums and posting some information, but for the life of me I can't find a genealogy discussion forum that doesn't require a subscription. Is there such thing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 31, 2009 - 7 answers

We control the horozontal, they control the vertical

GenealogyFilter: Looking for an application that represents lifespans down the vertical axis and allows durational events to span across the horizontal axis. And imports GEDCOM. Seen some old programs, and they look pretty Windows 3.0-y... Anything new under the sun? Web 2.0 stuff? I'm already using geni.com--I'd like to stretch the rectangles and slice with horizontal bars. [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Mar 25, 2009 - 2 answers

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