Like many people, I've spent some time tracing my family lineage via the crazily overpriced Ancestry.com and submitted by DNA for an ethnicity estimate. I've discovered some curiosities and need some help in understanding them. [more inside]
How can I help my dad digitize his extensive collection of genealogical documentation? [more inside]
I'm visiting Scotland for a week in July, and I thought it might be fun to lookup some of my Scottish ancestors. We know that the family lived in New Cathcart (parish?) in the 1840's, which appears to now be a part of Glasgow. We also know my GGG grandfather died sometime between 1847 - 1849, in Cathcart, but it's not clear exactly when he died or where he's buried. Would I be wasting an hour or two trying to find it? [more inside]
I always thought my maternal great-grandparents were Austrian. Maybe they are not? [more inside]
My great-grandfather was born in Syria circa 1886 and came to the US in 1907. I know the city he was from. Any ideas on how to find his relatives in that city? [more inside]
Please help me read this census entry: On line 61: what is this gentleman's occupation?
I have a health condition that may end my life prematurely. I am an "older" parent of an only child who is currently 8 years old. It's important to me that I leave a record of who I was. Can you help me with strategies to help me "index and annotate" myself for her, so that when she is older she could have an idea of her father as an adult beyond just the Daddy that I am to her now? [more inside]
I'm looking for a NJ birth/death record for a baby who only lived a short time during the 50's. [more inside]
My mom is trying to trace our family's geneology as far back as she can. She knows where people came from (Canada, France, Ireland) but we have no records further back than her grandparents, who came down from Canada. [more inside]
I'd like to attach some historical perspective to my age in order to impress/scare my grandchildren. 1950: So far I've got 'Civil War vets still alive.....' [more inside]
I'm going to be at a rainy cottage all weekend with 3 senior citizens: my dad, aunt, and uncle. I want my non-talkative dad and his sister to reminisce about their childhoods, but I suspect my aunt's talkative husband will dominate the conversation. If that happens, Dad and Aunt won't talk much. How can I encourage them to reminisce without hurting my uncle's feelings? [more inside]
I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
I'm doing a family tree. As part of doing this, I'm trying to trace the ancestors of my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Fortin. The problem is that not only did he die before I was born (in the 40s), as it turns out he was adopted by the Fortin family. The question is, where on earth do I begin in finding records on Lawrence Fortin and who his biological family was? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why is Marat Safin's sister's last name Safina? I know they are Russian but adding an 'A' to a daughter's last name is not a Russian tradition that I know of, anyone?
Need High-Res image of one particular Dawes Roll page. I have a low-res image, but I can't read some of the words. Longish story within. [more inside]
Has anyone ever done the National Geographic Genographic Project ?? [more inside]
How can I get my hands on a Vienna phonebook from circa 1938? I will be spending a weekend in Vienna next month, and I would love to see the apartment where my late grandfather lived before fleeing the Nazis. Unfortunately, nobody in the family knows the address, and there aren't any letters or other documents to provide it. Things are also complicated by the fact that I won't be visiting on a weekday, so any archives that might have this information will presumably be closed. Plus, I don't speak German. Am I out of luck, or is there any way to track this information down in the next few weeks?
Geneology/Census Question: Any way to find out how many humans of Nth generation live in a state. For example, how many 6th generation Arizonans are there?
GenealogyTilYourEyesGlazeOverFilter: Trying to figure out (and this page just confuses me more) the whole "second cousin" and the whole "cousin x removed" thing. (more family relationships inside) [more inside]