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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'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'd like to stretch the rectangles and slice with horizontal bars. [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth on Mar 25, 2009 - 2 answers


Help me understand emigration patterns of my ancestors. [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Mar 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Lost in the family tree...

I've been sucked in by the hobby of genealogy. now what? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Feb 16, 2009 - 11 answers

How much should I pay someone in Hungary?

How much should I offer someone in Hungary to photograph graves in a cemetery? I'm doing genealogical research and I need about a dozen graves photographed. I found someone willing to do it, and I don't want to either insult him or drive the price up.
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 21, 2008 - 8 answers

What's in a name?

What are the meanings of the surnames Seliukova and Bessadna? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Sep 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Papers written in a spidery hand

Today I had a reason to be looking up a family document, and once again I became fascinated looking at the old family certificates and documents I have in my files. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Aug 22, 2008 - 15 answers

As of 2008, what can science tell me about my genetics thru DNA testing.

Wondering if anyone here has had a Genealogical DNA test for purposes of learning more about your distant (ie. not recent/paternity) ancestors. I have questions about the differences (price, service, thoroughness) of the various companies offering this service, the type of data that different tests can produce, and ways this data can be (constructively) interpreted. [more inside]
posted by cadastral on Apr 16, 2008 - 18 answers

How do I find members of my family who are overseas?

How do I find family overseas? [more inside]
posted by kldickson on Apr 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find an affordable, thorough, genealogist to help me research my Irish ancestry?

Where can I find an affordable, thorough, genealogist to help me research my Irish ancestry? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Mar 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Making More Work For Myself, One President at a Time

Strategies for Research: I'd like to go through each of the US Presidents, and show my kids how they're related to each. George Washington was pretty easy, as his ancestry is detailed back to the Scottish kings, so I can show the kids how they're the 22nd cousins, 11 times removed of the first president of the US. The going hasn't been so easy, since, and I'm fishing for some suggestions on tactics I can take to make the going a little easier. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Feb 28, 2008 - 5 answers

Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland?

Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 19, 2007 - 11 answers

The oldest continuous active and believable genealogy?

What's the oldest believable continuous genealogy for a live person? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Oct 24, 2007 - 14 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

One swab to rule them all.

Which of the genealogical DNA testing companies is the best for testing Y-Chromosome information? Experiences?
posted by Atreides on Aug 12, 2007 - 1 answer

Family Photo Sharing

GenealogyFilter: I need a scanning strategy and general advice for family photos. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Aug 11, 2007 - 5 answers

The link between Mormons and genealogy

I'm quite ignorant about religion in general, but: Why are Mormons so into genealogy? [more inside]
posted by Harry on Apr 27, 2007 - 19 answers

Anyone know anything about "probate genealogy"?

A friend has been contacted by a private investigator who represents a "successional" or "probate" genealogist in Europe. I was very suspicious, perhaps because of the amount of entertaining Nigerian spam I've received, but at first glance things seem relatively legitimate. Is this a common thing, and what steps do one take to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Mar 22, 2007 - 5 answers

What blood relation am I to Madonna?

What blood relation am I to Madonna? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Feb 28, 2007 - 37 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

Any bicycle historians in the house?

Going by the style of clothing, the age of the man, and the make/model of the bicycle can you help me date a picture? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 19, 2006 - 28 answers

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