Monthly Archives: January 2015

Smash and Grab Genealogy, or Deciding Whether to Post an Online Tree

I have not posted a family tree online. I’m not hoarding ancestors.

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Missouri: Adoption, Birth Certificates, and a Call to Action

Today the second reading of Missouri’s House Bill (HB) 647 took place. According to the Missouri House of Representatives website, HB 647 “Establishes procedures for  an adopted person to obtain a copy of his or her original birth certificate.”

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Learning From Home: FamilySearch Webinars

Every minute is filled during a research trip to Salt Lake City. Add the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy to the mix, and there is much to share, but little free time to write. But how can I not mention … Continue reading

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Fishing in Another Pond — But Seriously, Folks!

I’ve obsessively checked Ancestry to see if my DNA results would ever come in.

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Newspaper Research: The Importance of Being Thorough

“The cry of fire was raised in Catharine st. at 10 o’clock this forenoon, and in a minute the street was black with people.”[4]

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Original Birth Certificates in Illinois Open to Birth Parents

Several changes to the Illinois Adoption Act went into effect on 1 January 2015.  One change allows birth parents who are named on the original birth certificate (OBC) to obtain a copy of the OBC of the child they placed … Continue reading

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