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genealogy Articles in Boston

Newspaper obituaries and online memorials

August 29, 2014
A good obituary serves as a brief synopsis of a person’s life, from birth to death, and everything in between. Genealogical details may include the names of parents, siblings, spouse, children, grandchildren, collateral relatives, and friends; birth and...

Surname changes in genealogy

June 28, 2014
How many times have you heard the line: My ancestor had his name changed at Ellis Island? This is one of the most common myths (along with the three brothers story and the Indian princess story) in genealogy.Scenario 1An...

Collateral genealogy: A case study

May 21, 2014
Tucked away in an 1867 Blackfriars edition of Shakespeare’s complete works, I discovered an old photograph of a man holding a young child. The book’s provenance, the photo’s time period, and the man&rsquo...

Combining genealogy with genetic research

March 23, 2014
Sitting down with a genetic counselor is much like speaking to a genealogist with a medical degree. After all, a genetic counselor works with charts that resemble pedigrees and family trees, though without names, just squares for males and...

Finding romance in genealogy

February 13, 2014
Do you know your parents’ or grandparents’ love story? How they met and where and when? Did they ever take you on side trips to show you the memorable places and events in their lives, such as where...

A short history of Plymouth Rock

January 15, 2014
Recently, vandals painted the renowned Plymouth Rock with one word: “LIES.” A symbol of the Pilgrims landing in 1620, Plymouth Rock was once part of a much larger rock formation, but it was broken, and over time, chipped...

Preserving Keepsake Memories

December 30, 2013
Whether they have pride of place on your mantle or are tucked away in a drawer out of sight, all of us have keepsakes or even family heirlooms with stories to tell. As genealogists, we focus on people, places, events...