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Should we blacklist some tags that can be applied to almost every question?

As moderators we are able to recommend to the Community Team that certain tags become blacklisted and there is a documented procedure for that: How should we make tag blacklist requests? Here at G&...
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On- and off-topic questions: Asking specifically for free resources

Should we discourage people from asking for answers to their question that only use free resources?
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Genealogy Chat week of 10th July 2015 | The Genealogical Proof Standard: analysis of collected information

In Genealogy Chat 12th July 2014 | Working to the Genealogical Proof Standard, ColeValleyGirl asked: What is the Genealogical Proof Standard? Why does it matter? Is it applicable outside the US, ...
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Do we need a community wiki / canonical “hire a professional” Question and Answer?

Certain questions fall outside our site guidelines because they might involve tracking living or very-recently-deceased individuals. Should we write a community wiki / canonical answer about how to ...
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Thanking other members: courtesy, clutter, or both?

Over on Meta Stack Exchange, I see there has been a lot of discussion about whether community members should refrain from posting thanks in their questions, and whether it is good practice or rude to ...
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Is the same question in a different geographical area a duplicate?

We have a new question, How to find place of burial or cremation in Gloucestershire? which was originally flagged as a duplicate of Verifying birth & death details in England for the 20th century? ...
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Can we make a section on the FAQ for DNA questions?

I'd like to suggest a question in the FAQ on how to write a good question if it involves DNA matches. My ideal entry would give newbies to DNA research a checklist of information to include in order ...
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How can we clean up our date/event tags?

In an effort to clean-up our tags several groups of tags have been identified as needing review to bring consistency to their use. At the top of that list is the time frame related tags. Previously ...
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Good news about our outlook — we can stop worrying about graduation

It's well worth reading Graduation, site closure, and a clearer outlook on the health of SE sites but if you haven't got time: The TL;DR: When a site starts to consistently receive 10 ...
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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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Are “accuracy” questions too broad?

Recently we've had two questions about how accurate particular sources / tests are. The set of questions Is this compiled genealogical record generally accurate? Stowell family of Higham, MA and the ...
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Is royal genealogy on- or off-topic? (Country irrelevant)

Relationship between Baldwin II and IV of the Crusades? asks about determining the relationship of two kings in Jerusalem based on their names. Is this on - or off-topic for this site?
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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 / Discuss: Consolidate New York tags?

We have new-york, new-york-city, and new-york-state. Can we get rid of new-york?
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I'm Submitting a Presentation about G&FH SE to RootsTech 2016

Genealogy & Family History SE needs a bit more notice by genealogists. Today, I got notice of the RootsTech 2016 Call For Presentations. I was at RootsTech in its 2nd year (2012), in its 4th ...
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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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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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Can we improve our pitch to potential users?

The bolding below is mine. At Area 51 it says that we are a: Beta Q&A site for expert genealogists and people interested in genealogy or family history Our Tour and Help says: Genealogy ...
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Genealogy SE needs some new leadership. Is it you?

I've recently been on the lookout for a new pro-tem moderator for Genealogy. Unfortunately, I've had a bit of trouble finding an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to take part in some community ...
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Helping Genealogy & Family History to graduate Beta sooner rather than later?

As someone very keen to see Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange graduate from its Beta phase sooner rather than later, I keep a close eye on its Area 51 statistics which today are: In order ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 12: 20 -26 March 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 12 are: Sharing Research Reviewing ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 11: 13 - 19 March 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 11 are: Reviewing Social Media ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 10: 6 - 12 March 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 10 are: Reviewing DNA Testing ...
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Should mods upvote featured meta posts?

The Community user just bumped an old Weekly Topic Challenge -- I assume it was due to lack of activity (zero upvotes on the original question and on the answer summarizing the results of the ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 9: 27 February – 5 March 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 9 are: Conducting Cluster Research ...
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Let's get critical: Feb 2015 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 8: 20-26 February 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 8 are: Conducting Collateral ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over – Week 7: 13-19 February 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 7 are: Reviewing Genealogy ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 6: 6-12 February 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 6 are: Evaluating Evidence ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 5: 30 January 2015 - 5 February 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 5 are: Building a Research Toolbox ...
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Are Twitter hashtags working optimally for StackGenealogy and G&FH SE?

I have just had a bit of a look at how Twitter hashtags arise for our StackGenealogy Twitter account that is fully automated. Currently, the first (most common) tag on a question that gets tweeted by ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 4: 23-29 January 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 4: 23-29 January 2015 are: ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy-Do Over Week 3: 16-22 January 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. Thomas posted Genealogy Do-Over – Week 3: 16-23 January 2015 yesterday (15 ...
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Should Army, Navy and Air Force be synonyms of Military Records tag?

In a recent answer to an old question (Synonymize [Military] and [Army]) @JanMurphy suggested revisiting how we tag questions about military records. At the moment we have or could have tags for: ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over Week 2: 9-15 January 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. Thomas posted Genealogy Do-Over – Week 2: 9-15 January 2015 yesterday (8 ...
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What information needs to be included in a question to demonstrate its genealogical interest?

Yes, the bugbear of Microhistory raises its ugly head again, with the question: What does “Containing by Estimation Seven Days' Work” mean in 1810 Land Auction advertisement? To me the genealogical ...
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Weekly Chat | Genealogy Do-Over Week 1: 2-8 January 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. Thomas posted Genealogy Do-Over – Week 1: 2-8 January 2015 yesterday (1 ...
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On- and off-topic questions: kinship terms / relationship questions

terminology: sibling of son-in-law or daughter-in-law The question as posted reads: Is there a term for the sibling of ones son-in-law or daughter-in-law? Real-life example: The composer ...
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Is the question “What is the oldest, verified family lineage” considered off-topic?

I just noticed this site on SE so I thought I would explore it. The question in my title is actually something I've wondered for years. Specifically, what I'd like to know is of all the people who ...
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2015: Year (okay, thirteen weeks) of the Do-Over?

On 15 December 2014, Thomas MacEntee posted on his blog GeneaBloggers: Announcing the Genealogy Do-Over Starting January 2nd, I’m setting my 20+ years of genealogy research aside and starting ...
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Criteria for Photo Requests of Individuals?

Discussion Inspired by my post and some of the comments referencing this other discussion on whether Photo Requests should be allowed here in this forum and if they are how do we keep them on topic ...
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Appropriateness or Level of detail on DNA Genealogy Questions?

I know of the policy to not post personably identifiable information (PIFI) of anyone born in the last 100 years that may be possibly living as well as the situation of cousin baiting. There are ...
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Why is this site so different from discussion forums? (a guide for new users)

Are you new here? Maybe you're asking, what's all this about, and why does Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange do everything differently than query boards, discussion forums, and other ...
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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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Do you want hats? 2014 Winter Bash

Yes, it's that time of year again. Half the world bundles up with cocoa and candy canes for the season and the other half surfs the waves with Santa. Meanwhile, here at Genealogy.SE, we have the ...
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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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How strict should we be with Not An Answer flags/closure on new users?

I would like to ask our community a question, using as an example a recent question that I asked, which was answered by a distant cousin of mine, who I have otherwise never had any contact with: When,...
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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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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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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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