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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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Questions cross-posted from other question sites?

If someone posts a question which has previously been posted at another site, is it appropriate to post a linkback? Example: Were bodies shipped overseas to be buried? which has a link to unanswered ...
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Do we need an Acronyms tag?

We have 4 questions with the tag acronyms. It has no tag wiki, but seems to have been used to mark questions that ask about the use of acronyms/abbreviations in otherwise unrelated record sets. I don'...
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Genetic Ancestry Tests Mostly Hype, Scientists Say*

DNA analysis has a very important and scientifically acknowledged role to play in forensics and medicine and law (for example) but the analysis provided by most commercial organisations selling to the ...
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What belongs on our beginner 'ask' page?

In case you missed it: this blog post is currently featured on the right-hand side of the page: Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change. In a footnote, the author says: ...
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Can using only first names of living individuals contravene our Privacy Policy?

At Half brother and sister related to other family? the asker appears to provide the actual first names of adopted and assumed (half) siblings. The three people mentioned appear to be still alive. I ...
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Identifying bio-parents for adoptees?

Our guidelines for what is on-topic say: Please note: You must not include here in any circumstances information (including name, date and place of birth or any other details) that would allow ...
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Why was this marked as unclear if they had said it was off-topic?

I have a question about my Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange post: Why are some families more into tradition than others, and use their surnames as a way to enforce them? I asked a ...
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Tag usage and Wiki suggestions for the relationship-mapping tag

The tag relationship-mapping already existed by the time I joined the site, with the very brief tag info of: Determining the relationship between two people. The user who created the tag is no ...
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Why are close votes not being used?

This is regarding the following question, but is part of a broader pattern of people not using their votes: If my aunt got married and had a child with her ex-husband, would that make my cousin's ...
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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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How to best dispose of question that adds information to another question?

Can anyone read this cut off text in margin? adds an image from the adjacent page that picks up the portion that ran into the curve of the book binding in the first image and was not totally clear. ...
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Should images be cropped and if so, how far?

On What town is meant by the location Gorn. Laknic?, a comment suggests to crop down the images. I certainly could, but is that useful to do here? (I ask since it would take some time to download ...
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Do we want a tag for German language?

Right now the tag germany has a description that says it is only for the country and not the language, but German was used in many countries outside Germany, so perhaps the tag should be edited or a ...
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Does G&FH SE need two chat rooms?

In 2014 @AmericanLuke asked: Another aspect up for discussion is where we should hold the chat? There is not much chat happening in our main room, Roots. Perhaps we are diluting interest by ...
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Improving the Weekly Chat, 2017 edition

This is a followup to Improving the weekly chat and The Genealogy Conference: topics for focused chats. I'd like to make a new proposal that we have a permanent topic for the Conference Room and ...
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Asking for 'pros and cons' and 'tips and tricks' — what is our current stance?

In the past, we've tried to discourage questions asking for 'pros and cons' and/or 'tips and tricks' (as the main thrust of the question) on the grounds that they tend to attract lists of answers (...
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Organising our software and website tags

A recent round of re-tagging highlighted that the way we are tagging questions relating to software and websites is highly inconsistent, and that not everyone is happy with the current state of ...
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Why is the Software tag being edited out?

What is the reason for removal of the "software" tag whenever it was used on a question. I've had a number of questions over the past couple of weeks where the "software" tag that I thought was the ...
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Responding to paternity questions?

A new question today was Distinguishing 3rd cousin from half sibling? which I think amounts to a question of paternity for the asker who wants to know whether a person he knows is his half sister. I ...
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Which genealogy software or website is “the best”?

Under What topics can I ask about here? our Help says: If your question is about: ... and it is not about: ... Which genealogy software or website is “the best” ... ...
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Promoting the site: sharing our questions?

This is a follow-up to What makes a question (and its answers) worth sharing?. I was reviewing all of the questions for which someone has earned the Announcer badge on the main site: Share a link ...
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Closing older questions

What should our process be for closing older questions? I'm asking this at an early stage so that moderators and others know what is acceptable to users of the site and what isn't. (There's only 1 ...
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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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Asking for genealogy software recommendations?

Yesterday we had a question that was seeking a software recommendation for a Querying GEDCOM file to find people with missing parent(s)? It has since been edited by two other users but it originally ...
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Conventions for abbreviating great when describing ancestor relationships?

In questions like Finding paternal family using DNA? I have seen users use abbreviations for great grandparents like: GGrandparents (or GGF and GGM) for great grandparents GGGrandparents (or GGGF ...
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Ads for G&FH on other SE sites

As we're not a graduated site, we can't have community promotion ads on our site at this point. What we can do is create adverts for G&FH that show up in the sidebar on other related sites in the ...
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On tags and places

This is the second of a series of meta-questions reviewing our approach to tagging, in a follow up to Improving our tagging (redux). (The first was On tags and time periods) PolyGeo has highlighted ...
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Shall we discourage the use of the word “reliable” in question titles?

All of the questions that ask about whether a source is "reliable" all have the same answer. There's no substitute for doing the analysis yourself, and to me these questions seem to ask for permission ...
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What level of personal information are we happy to publish in DNA questions?

We've covered this topic before, but with the growing number of people taking DNA tests and having problems interpreting their results, I think it's time we came to a definitive conclusion before we ...
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Informing people about genealogy services offered?

Without breaking any rules, how can I inform people that I can provide genealogical research in a country which has few records online, and most only available at the archives? Unless people can ...
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Should we comply with the Terms of Service/Policy Statements of all sites from which our users quote?

We already have an (unstated?) practice of minimising the extent of images we publish from third-party sites who have Terms of Service that preclude it. Although we may be sailing close to the wind at ...
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Why the GN favicon?

Our current favicon: Why does our favicon say GN? I understand the G, but why the N out of all the other letters in GENEALOGY? Elsewhere on the network (such as the main sites page) we have an icon ...
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Making a promotional video for G&FH SE?

What do you folks think about creating a short promotional video for the site? It could be posted to YouTube, and then easily shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. It seems that videos ...
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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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On tags and time periods

This is a follow up inspired by Improving our tagging (redux). Let's think about tags for dates and date ranges. I'll begin by listing some of the prior questions that may bear on this question: ...
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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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Improving our tagging (redux)

At the risk of suggesting more work for the stalwarts who already contribute most to this site (and of boring everyone to death as I revisit a topic I raise quite often): Is there an approach we can ...
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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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Review of a search methodology: on-topic?

I'm considering formulating a question about a proposed complex search I'm going to undertake, and the assumptions on which it's based, and seeking feedback on (a) flaws in the assumptions (b) flaws ...
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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: 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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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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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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How many FindMyPast tags are needed?

This question may be related to Reviewing the subscription, website, and ancestry.com tags and Should there be a tag for top level domains for web-based questions? but I think it may be possible to ...
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Moving questions posted as answers to new questions?

What shall we do with "me too" questions which are posted as answers to other questions? A recent example: https://genealogy.stackexchange.com/q/4091/1006. On Meta.SE, there has been a discussion (...
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Tag cleanup: baptisms and marriages

This morning I cleaned up the various burial-related tags as per the consensus on Even more tag cleanup: burials and cemeteries. Part of this process involved renaming burial to burial-practices. This ...
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Reviewing the subscription, website, and ancestry.com tags

While I was looking around for things to tidy up, I saw that we had a tag subscription. The original questions with this tag were: If my Ancestry.com subscription lapses will my links to premium data ...
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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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Do we want hats? Announcing the 2016 Winter Bash!

Yes, it's that time of year again! Here at Genealogy.SE, we have the option to celebrate this time of the year with a unique, age-old Stack Exchange tradition: hats! By completing certain tasks, ...

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