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Weekly Chat and topic challenge: Using more than one record type to answer a question | Week of 19 Jan 2018

Here's what's on my mind this week: Why do people settle on just one record to answer their research question? In other venues, I see people asking all the time how many records they need to prove ...
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Would a calendar of Topic challenges be useful for promoting the site?

Certain topics roll around every year, and I wonder if we can leverage this by reserving a few slots in the calendar for Monthly Topic Challenges dedicated to this. for example: Every year for St. ...
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Monthly Topic Challenges 2017 – Propose and vote on future topics

In the past we've had Weekly Topic Challenges. It's about time we start them up again, with a more concerted effort to attract quality questions and answers on specific topics. But this time, it's ...
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March Topic Challenge: Let's ask about Divorce

Today begins the first of a series of Monthly Topic Challenges. This month let's look more closely at our ancestors' divorces. We've all got them in our family trees. But... Do you have your ...
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Editing challenge: making questions and answers more shareable

As we approach Winter Bash 2016, let's run our eye over the site and look for questions and answers that can be freshened up, keeping in mind What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?. ...
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Weekly Topic challenge: correlating military service records with other sources?

In honor of Remembrance Day / Armistice Day / Veterans Day -- This topic challenge is about taking clues found in military records and following them up in other records, and / or using identifiers ...
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Weekly Chat / Challenge: Have you reviewed your research lately?

For this week's chat, a challenge: Have you reviewed your prior research lately? What about your questions and answers here on G&FH.SE -- have you learned about new resources that have come ...
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Weekly Chat: Finding hidden records | week of 20 May 2016

Our weekly chat and topic challenge this week is to explore how we can find records in unexpected places. For instance -- if you can't find someone's marriage in BMDs or vital records, there may be ...
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Are you interested in Canadian genealogy and Family History?

If you have Canadian ancestors and some unsolved questions regarding their genealogy and your family history here's your chance to try and clear them up! The latest Topic Challenge, which will run ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 13 November 2015 | Finding and analyzing military records

Remembrance Day / Veterans' Day was this week. Did you find any new information about the service members in your family? Do you need help finding or interpreting something in their records? Come ...
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Topic challenge: Making effective use of burial and cemetery records

For Halloween / The Day of the Dead, let's focus on cemetery records. If you've found them to be helpful in your research, post a self-answered question and show everyone what you discovered. If you'...
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Topic challenge: Need help with discovering Migration Patterns?

One of the ways we create brick walls for ourselves is by assuming that our people stayed in the same place for their entire lives. If a family suddenly disappears from their community - where did ...
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Weekly Topic Challenge: Finding and using Probate records

It has been a while since we had a Topic Challenge. Let's ask questions -- or share our prior work with self-answered questions -- about probate records. How can you find them? What pointers can ...
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Is there a census record that you've looked and looked for but cannot find?

Census Records that seem not to exist? Every genealogist has at least one example of an elusive census record! Feel free to ask for help on how to locate your most elusive census record ...
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Ask your ANZAC ancestry questions on 100th anniversary of Gallipoli landing!

For our first Topic Challenge of 2015, I am setting one from World War I: Do you have any ancestors connected to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing at Gallipoli in Turkey ...
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Was your ancestor in a fraternal organization?

For our next Topic Challenge of 2015, I am setting one from @JanMurphy: We have some questions about the Masons already. There are MANY other fraternal organizations. I'm sure if we scoured our ...
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Vote for the next Topic Challenge!

Our History SE counterparts were the first to run a Weekly Topic Challenge and from time to time we use a similar concept here to see if it can help us to generate more questions. Here's how it ...
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Are you still looking for one particular Birth/Baptism/Marriage/Death/Burial Record?

We have done this as a Topic Challenge before but I think it is time to dust it off and run it again: Vital records that seem not to exist? Things like elusive birth, death or marriage ...
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Making the most of clues from Probate Records and Wills?

The Weekly Topic Challenge enters its sixth week and this week's challenge is: We currently have 9 questions with the tag probate. Wills are an especially rich source of names, which is a ...
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Who's that in your old family photo?

The Weekly Topic Challenge enters its fourth week and this week's challenge is: to identify details in an old photograph that you need help with. The photographs will preferably be of an ...
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Who needs help deciphering some old handwriting in family history documents?

The Weekly Topic Challenge enters its seventh week and this week's challenge is: What about tutorials on old scripts / old handwriting? Use this challenge to pull out those hard to read Wills, ...
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Weekly Topic Challenge: Let's ask about Naturalization (and Citizenship)?

It has been a slow week for questions on G&FH SE so I am going to declare the top answer (by score) to my call for weekly challenge ideas a few hours early. It was (by a tie break): In the USA,...
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Weekly Topic Challenge: Let's ask about Family Legends?

The Weekly Topic Challenge enters its second week and this week's challenge is: I just searched for mentions of Family Legends and found only one such question for which I duly coined a new tag ...