Mathias & Pauline (Thompson) Firmenich family, Ashland, Wisconsin - 1895 - Family Group Sheet

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

Frank Zalewski

I’ve been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their site […]

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Helping to Solve a Mystery with DNA

match

Last week, my wife received a message at 23andMe, which isn’t out of the ordinary. Since I handle our accounts, I checked the message. It was from a woman who saw that her and my wife were estimated to be 5th cousins, based on their DNA matching. That’s not that interesting, as most people have […]

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Storytelling and Goals

readingbook

After watching the available live streams from RootsTech and following the theme of storytelling, I’d like to go over some of my genealogy goals for the rest of this year. Start building my family’s stories. There is so much to work with from my ancestry that there are stories everywhere. While I’m not horrible at storytelling, […]

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The Other Half

circa 1919-1920. Click for larger. Much, much larger.

Up until now, I really only had photos and documents from my paternal side of the family, not including documents found online, etc. Recently, I’ve finally been given a collection of those things from my maternal side and it’s pretty awesome. As always, a lot of the photographs are unlabeled, but I can tell who […]

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RootsTech From Home

rootstech

After watching some of stuff from RootsTech 2012 last year, I told myself I was going to go to RootsTech 2013. Both of my passions, genealogy and technology, are joined together from March 21-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They even have a “Developer Day” there now. I knew that If I put aside some […]

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World War II Mystery

Thielke 1945

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bunch of photos from my maternal side of the family. I really had next to nothing when it came to photos for that side of the family compared to the amount from my paternal side. Among the awesome pics of my grandparents and their families when […]

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Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records

naugard

FamilySearch has a boatload of church records scanned and available online for Germany, Prussia, and Pomerania from 1544-1945, though I would estimate that most of them are in the middle of that range. Currently they’re not available for searching, but I did see them in the indexing software, so maybe they will be available for that […]

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Google Plus Your Passions

Google Plus

If you’re a visitor to social networks of any kind, you’ve probably already heard about Google+ (or Google Plus.) Though, maybe as I have noticed, you seem to hear mostly negative things about it, usually on Facebook. I’ve read posts about how it’s a wasteland or “none of my friends are on it.” I’d like to […]

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