Author: mjleclerc

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Sons and Daughtes of the U.S. Middle Passage

Lineage societies have long played a role in honoring the history of our nation. We tend to think of them as old (sometimes stodgy) organizations. But new lineage societies are formed all the time. One of the newer ones and one that is long overdue is the Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage…
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Trust But Verify: The Story of Dr. Benjamin Church’s Family

Family historians utilize a large number of sources for our research. This includes compilations as well as original records. We must read all of these carefully and critically in order to reach properly supported conclusions. This includes published information on major historical figures as well as average everyday people, and works by well-known individuals as…
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African Captors and White Captives: Flipping the Story on Slavery

When Americans discuss slavery, we usually think of the white people who enslaved Africans and African-Americans. The more knowledgeable include Native Americans and other people of color who were also enslaved by whites. But slavery also worked in other directions. For example, whites who were captured and enslaved by Africans. Those travelling on ships near…
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Five Books for Your Reference Shelf

Despite the easy availability of information, good genealogists know that sometimes old school books are still the best way to learn and get information. Here are five books that deserve a prominent place on every genealogist’s reference bookshelf. Elements of Genealogical Analysis Robert Charles Anderson, FASG (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014) Thirty years…
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Ten Things Marching Band Taught Me About Genealogy

Six years ago today, we lost a man who touched the lives of thousands of young men and women. George N. Parks had the innate ability to see the good in everyone, and to inspire them to do their best; to learn from their mistakes and do even better next time. I first met him…
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Reviewing Your Sources and Conclusions

More and more individuals are sharing their research through online family trees . . . errors are more easily missed and absorbed into our personal pedigrees, wreaking havoc with our true ancestry.

Welcome to Genealogy Professor

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin Welcome to a new adventure in genealogy education. Benjamin Franklin was dedicated to knowledge and lifelong learning, and so are we. Genealogy Professor brings some of the most talented and experienced genealogists together to help you learn how to find and share the…
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