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* he said/she said- who's defining genealogy? 

Explaining “genealogy” and my research to those who have no background or experience with the subject has been a difficult task. How can I effectively communicate the impact of learning and preserving your ancestors legacies? There is no one global definition for "family", so how can we expect a common understanding of our researching it? In Genealogy, Ancestry, Heritage- What does it all mean? I suggested that the ambiguity surrounding the definition of genealogy has negatively impacted the assimilation and cohesive growth of the discipline. Where is the genealogy rule book? What are the accepted guidelines and definitions for family history?

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* investigating draft registration cards

I love finding a matching draft registration record, these little forms cover a broad range of information giving you a great snapshot of your ancestor. The forms vary slightly by draft registration period but all contain basic vital information, address, signature, a contact person (usually a spouse or parent), occupation, employer, physical descriptions (height, weight, complexion, hair and eye color), and any physical ailments or disabilities. You never know what you'll find.

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* family history, why don't the records just match up!? 

Vital records contain key pieces of information, it's just a matter of finding them. It's easy to get excited and confident when you find a new record for an ancestor, but it's so important to check out all the details before inducting new records as fact. But even after everything checks out what to do when you find a new record completely blowing your theory?? My recent experience with conflicting and confusing information

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