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Category: Writing

Handwriting vs. the Computer

The modern age has brought a movement away from writing with pen and paper. Younger people may look upon it as “old fashioned,” and perhaps there is a certain amount of truth to that. Yet studies have shown the benefits of writing by hand instead of typing on a computer. There are other reasons why…
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Honoring Our LGBTQ Ancestors

As we celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month is more significant than ever. It is a well-established fact that ever since there have been humans on the earth, there have been LGBTQ people. Noted historian John Boswell traced our history from our unions in Greco-Roman times to the Church-sanctified…
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Seasons of Genealogy: 131,400 Minutes In

Back at the beginning of January I posted about goals and resolutions and setting yourself up for success with your genealogical research in 2019. As difficult as it may be to believe, the first quarter of the year is in the history books. So have you done so far? (If you missed that post, go…
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Early twentieth-century obituaries.

Have You Written Your Obituary Yet?

Genealogists are obsessed with finding our family’s stories. We spend countless hours combing through records, attempting to recreate our ancestors’ lives. If we’re lucky we find letters or diaries that give us an insight into who our ancestors were. Unfortunately, it is all too often the case that there is no surviving correspondence or diary.…
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Front cover of Spell it Out!

Understanding English

You never know when you are going to bump into a valuable resource for your research. When I was in London a few years ago, I was researching at the British Library. While waiting for a friend, I was perusing the gift shop and found a wonderful book that has proven very important to me.…
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Chart of postal abbreviations from the 1831 Table of the Post Offices in the United States.

Postal Abbreviations for Genealogists

Today we are quite used to addressing our mail with a two-capital-letter abbreviation for the U.S. state or Canadian province/territory. These codes, however, have not been around forever. They have not even been around for the entire existence of living people. It was not until 1963 the the U.S. Post Office required the use of…
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Apostrophe

Plurals vs. Possessives

When we were young, we spent much time in school, starting in elementary all the way through high school, learning how to write. This included basics of spelling and grammar. Somewhere along the way, however, we often forget some of these lessons. One of the places where this is increasingly evident than in the formation…
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