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Analysis of questions to date

As promised here I've done an analysis of questions to date to help understand what we've deemed on-topic so far. From the beginning of the Beta to circa 1500 GMT on 14th November, 261 questions had ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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Announcement: Genealogy Stack Exchange gets award

The Genealogy and Family History Stack Exchange site has been awarded Honourable Mention in the Best Genealogy Product of 2012 category in Tamura Jones' GeneAwards 2012. honourable mention: ...
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Gene Golovchinsky RIP

I'm really sorry to say that I discovered that Gene Golovchinsky, one of the most active users and biggest supporters of our Genealogy SE, passed away relatively suddenly on August 15. My sympathies ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Proposed FAQ content (final draft)

Based on the work done at Content for the main site FAQ first block (What kind of questions can I ask here)?, I'm proposing to update our FAQ page as follows (with corresponding changes to the About ...
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What supporting information should you post with a photo for help with determining the date?

Due to positive response to the question should-we-allow-photos-to-be-posted-for-help-with-determining-the-date, @ColeValleyGirl suggested that we have a separate discussion on what supporting ...
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What is “Genealogy,” “Family History,” and “Microhistory”?

Genealogy and Family History is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and experts to share their knowledge and build their skills while researching genealogy, family history, and related ...
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Announcing our newest(?) moderator

It is with pleasure that I announce the return of ColeValleyGirl to the team of Pro Temp Moderators at the Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange. Some of you will know that ColeValleyGirl was ...
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Anyone interested in helping improve the close process?

There's a post on MetaStackOverflow which is relevant to us: Help us make "Off-Topic" close reasons clearer to the OP (although the discussion there is mostly focused on technology-type ...
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Changes to the way that “close as duplicate” is handled

There's a post over on MetaStackOverflow which explains some changes going on across all StackExchange sites: Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux). I recommend reading that for the ...
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Cleaning up the DNA tags

Seeing an influx of DNA questions recently (by influx I mean 1 question a day as opposed to the usual 0), I thought it might be worth cleaning up the DNA tags a bit. We have: dna mitochondrial-dna ...
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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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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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Genealogy Chat 1st week of Month | Monthly Workshop

Do you find yourself asking questions that have multiple questions in them? Do you have a problem you're working on, but you aren't quite sure what questions you need to ask? Would you like someone ...
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Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard

In genealogy circles in the US, you'll often find somebody who is 'working to the Genealogical Proof Standard' (GPS) or at least working towards it. What is the GPS? Why does it matter? Is it ...
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Q&A “pushes” around Who Do You Think You Are Live and RootsTech

Duncan suggested at "Publicity" centered on 'events' and the bigger question of events in general that we do Q&A pushes around 'specific events' and there are two major events ...
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Increasing the diversity of the site?

Re: this recent question: Black History ancestry It would be useful to have information here on getting started with African-American genealogy. I might be able to construct a self-answered ...
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Genealogy Chat 28th June 2014 | Starting Over? Why and When?

If you spend any time in the genealogy/family history corners of the Internet, sooner or later you'll encounter somebody 'Starting over' -- re-tracing and re-recording their research. When is this a ...
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How to support someone with a budding interest in genealogy?

This question: How to support someone with a budding interest in genealogy? has been placed on hold. In its current form it is geared towards being a shopping and list question. These are troublesome ...
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Promote geneaogy.se at family gatherings

We have a small family gathering today and a larger one next Sunday (Easter). My hope is to grab a few interested family members and have a 'mini genealogy.se party' during the larger gathering. I don'...
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2020: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the past 12 months. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange network ...
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2018: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, in ...
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When should moderators use their supervote?

In Asking for genealogy software recommendations? I found this statement: After giving the community an opportunity for about half a day to exercise their close votes, I stepped in and used my ...
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Weekly chat: writing things down — research plans, journals, and logs | week of 10 Mar 2017

This week let's talk about ways to keep track of what you're doing with your research. This week's chat was inspired by a webinar at FamilySearch by David Dilts on using research logs -- but logs are ...
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Genealogy Chat: Prompts: help or hindrance? | week of 24 Feb 2017

Topic Challenges. Blogging Prompts. That presentation on a special topic that you just saw at a genealogical society or at the Family History Library. Do they give your research a needed boost of ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 27 Jan 2017 | Making the most of your conference experience

As we're all looking forward to RootsTech2017, which takes place from 8-11 February, let's talk about going to conferences -- whether in person, or via live-streamed video. How do you decide what ...
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Weekly Chat: using 'born digital' databases and index-only databases | week of 18 Nov 2016

Let's talk about the challenges of using online databases that don't have any images attached. two new sites which are a huge boon for those of us studying family history in England, Wales, and the ...
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Weekly Chat: | What I learned at the 2016 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree | week of 10 Jun 2016

Each June, the Southern California Genealogical Society holds their annual conference, the Genealogy Jamboree. This year's Jamboree is from 3 to 5 June. Some sessions are streamed live and are ...
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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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Genealogy Chat week of 11 December 2015 | Data migration and transitioning to new genealogy software

This week Ancestry.com announced that its desktop software Family Tree Maker will no longer be sold as of 31 December 2015, and that support will end after a year (1 January 2017). Let's talk about ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 6 November 2015 | Workshop on searching the 1939 Register

Let's chat about the hot topic of the month: the release of the long-awaited 1939 Register. Share your search tips and triangulation strategies -- and if you've unlocked any of the records, talk ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over — Week 13 – 27 March – 2 April 2015

To kick off our Weekly Chats for 2015, for the first 13 weeks, let's follow along with Thomas MacEntee's Genealogy Do-Over. The topics for Genealogy Do-Over – Week 13 (the final week) are: Securing ...
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WWI centenary and finding records about WWI service members

This was posted as a proposal for a conference room chat. Two of the big genealogy websites are having free access weekends this week in honor of the centenary of WWI. Find My Past is/are offering ...
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Genealogy Chat 26 July 2014 | Graduating the Site

We are fast approaching our 650th day as a Beta site of Stack Exchange. Our Beta Site Stats Summary is available to review so let's brainstorm any ideas you may have to help put us further along the ...
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Genealogy Chat 17 May | Somebody is wrong on the Internet!

You've put your heart and soul into researching your ancestors, and made the fruits of your labours available on the Internet. And somebody has taken all your hard work and added it to their tree ...
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Genealogy Chat 29 Mar 2014 | Understanding Historical Contexts

Our topic of the week for March 29, 2014 will be: Understanding historical contexts. Historical context not only helps us hunt down those unique clues, but it also gives us a fuller picture of who we'...
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Genealogy Chat 18 Jan 2017: What's on your bookshelf?

Our topic of the week for 18 January 2017 will be: What's on your bookshelf?, suggested by ColeValleyGirl and Jan Murphy. "What books do you find invaluable in your research -- perhaps 'how to' ...
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Genealogy Chat 14 Dec 2013: Mistakes we've made

Our topic of the week for 14 December 2013 will be : Mistakes we've made, suggested by Jan Murphy. We've all made mistakes and learned lessons the long way around. They're not all that fun at the ...
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Genealogy Chat 23 November 2013 : Getting the most out of the big sites

Our topic of the week for 23 November 2013 will be : Getting the most out of the big genealogy sites. Many of us use one or more of the big genealogy sites, such as Ancestry, findmypast, ...
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Interested in the future of “Help” for this site?

There's a post at Introducing a brand new, consolidated, Help Center which discusses changes that are coming to the way Help/FAQ etc. are handled -- go over there and take a look, and make your views ...
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Possible duplicate question

Does What are the pros and cons of joining a Family History Society to advance my research? overlap enough with How helpful will joining my local Genealogical Society be if my family research is in a ...
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Avoiding the terminology “real parents”?

In the interest of clarity, I would like to see questions about adoptive families and blended families avoid the use of the term "real parents", especially as a euphemism for biological parents. In ...
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Weekly Chat: Turning the model upside down | week of 29 July 2016

Inspired by a post from The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down, who was reporting on Steve Rockwood's keynote address given at the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy. ...
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Weekly Chat: DNA Research — the Good, The Bad, The Ugly | week of 15 July 2016

If you could design the ideal genealogical DNA-testing and match-analying service, what would it be? What features are great, which not-so-good, which are really ugly? Explain your "If I were master ...
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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: Organizing your DNA research | week of 13 May 2016

AncestryDNA changed the algorithm that they use to show matches recently (see AncestryDNA’s Cutting-Edge Science Gets Even Sharper posted by Ancestry Team on May 2, 2016, tagged AncestryDNA, on the ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 25 December 2015 | New Genealogy Toys?

Did you discover new websites, get new software or hardware, a new subscription or new records, or receive new DNA test results? Come chat about what's new in the Conference Room -- ask questions, ...
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Genealogy Chat week of 27 November 2015 | Searching Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Following up on last week's chat topic New Ancestry: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, let's talk about the main areas of the site. Some of the new record collections, like the recently-added collections ...