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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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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 ...
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Anonymous questions: easier to answer, or harder?

An offshoot from the comments on How much detail should be included in questions about WW1 and WW2 service members?.... – @AdrianB38 makes the case for more information: To try and expand my ...
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How much detail should be included in questions about WW1 and WW2 service members?

This question is prompted by the recent question where a new user asked how to find the burial place of his grandfather who was killed in WW2. I have singled it out for discussion because the topic ...
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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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The Genealogy Conference: topics for focused chats

As proposed in Improving the Weekly Chat, we'd like to try something new with the Weekly Genealogy Chat room, which we've re-named as The Conference Room. It appears in the list of chat rooms as ...
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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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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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What should our policy be on Q&A in Language Other Than English (LOTE)?

This question is inspired by an answer to What is biggest problem facing Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange? where @lejonet says: Focus on English language and thereby no user base for ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 27 September 2014 | Uh-oh! These weren't the DNA test results I was expecting!

This week's chat topic is inspired by blog posts that were posted in Roots, our main chat room. This month, genetic testing company 23andMe was in the news because of a planned change in the way ...
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On- and off-topic questions: Microhistory

I have a habit of asking for background information for particular questions that come up in my research. My newest one is: At what ages did British students enroll in school in the late 1800s and ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 20 September 2014 | Using non-specialist tools for your research

Suggested by @ColeValleyGirl: What tools (that aren't specialist family history tools) are useful in conducting or publishing your research? I've seen mention of Scrivener and Outwit -- have you ...
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What is biggest problem facing Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange?

I was recently involved in a moderator election on another Stack Exchange site and the question that made me think the hardest was: What do you think is the biggest problem facing this SE? Do you ...
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Genealogy Chat, week beginning 13 September 2014 | Improving the Weekly Chat

Drawing from an existing Meta Q&A on Improving the weekly chat, this week's chat will be to discuss ideas for doing just that! For those who aren't aware, we currently hold a chat in a ...
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Why must we be careful in referring to living people?

If I understand the guidelines correctly, we are not supposed to refer to by name, date of place of birth, or any identifying detail of any living person on the site. This understanding derives ...
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Let's get critical: Aug 2014 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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Genealogy Chat, weeks beginning 23 & 30 August 2014 | Using GIS for Genealogy

Where our ancestors were born, married and died, (and when, of course), helps us to better understand the events they were or may have been part of. A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a tool ...
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Genealogy Chat, week of 16 August 2014 | Interpreting Photographs

Photographs are a different kind of record. I know that I often don't give them much attention. However, they can offer quite valuable information. Not only specific items in the photograph, but also, ...
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How can we encourage new users to provide more information?

I am sorry to be the persnickety 'expert' scaring off newbiews by downvoting too hastily, but I am bothered by the question Ship Passenger Manifest showing Theresa Briget Connellan as it is currently ...
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Improving the weekly chat

For those who aren't aware, we currently hold a chat in a dedicated chat room every Saturday about a different genealogical topic each time. It's really great to hop in every week when I can and ...
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discussions in chat — when to create a new chat room

This morning I was getting into a discussion in the comments about the question Blackstones in DE — what can be inferred from this? so I suggested to @DaveBlackston that we take it to chat. He ...
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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 19th July 2014 | Stay at Home Genealogy

Not all of us have the budget for genealogy travel, so making the most of the internet and local research avenues is important. Share and receive tips on how to conduct thorough research locally and ...
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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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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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Genealogy Chat 21st June 2014 | Desktop or Web?

If you still use desktop tree software, why? What do popular web products lack that your desktop product offers? Conversely, what are the drawback of using those popular web products? Are you worried ...
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Genealogy Chat 14th June | Researching the Female Line

There are unique challenges to tracing the female line, at least in Western cultures. Name changes (sometimes many of them) every generation. Relative lack of property records. Not named in many birth ...
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Genealogy Chat 1st Saturday of Month | Monthly Workshop Chat (next on 6th September)

A lot of people (I, for one) have wanted a monthly workshop chat were we can collaborate on work in progress and put together questions and answers to sum up solutions. An informal medium to break ...
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Genealogy Chat 31 May 2014 | Paleography and handwriting

You've finally found what promises to be the long-evasive record that holds the information you've been hunting down for months. And the handwriting is indecipherable. The enumerator must have failed ...
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Genealogy Chat 24 May 2014 | What's in a name?

Names are fundamental in Family History research, but they can be tricky things! There are ancestors who acquire or lose names on their journey through life, or change them completely. There are ...
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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 10 May 2014 | Ephemera and unofficial sources

A while back in October, IIRC, this was the topic for the chat and there were some pretty interesting stories I heard about. Unofficial sources often contain the most interesting and unique tidbits ...
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Genealogy Chat 3 May 2014 | Advice for getting started

Our topic of the week for this Saturday (May 3, 2014) will be advice on getting started. This is not only for new genealogists, but also for seasoned pro's to give some tips they find handy. So, ...
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Genealogy Chat 26 April | Geography and Genealogy

There will be no scheduled Genealogy chat on 19 Apr 2014. On 26 April, our topic will be Geography and Genealogy. At some time we've all had cause to wonder things like: Where is this place that my ...
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Should we close an out-of-scope question that wasn't out of scope when it was asked?

This question: Has a modern genealogy been traced back to a biblical person? was asked before it was determined that biblical genealogy is out of scope for this site. Should we leave it open because ...
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Genealogy Chat 12 April 2014: Genealogy Search Engines — The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Our topic of the week for Apr. 12, 2014 will be: Genealogy Search Engines. We all use online search engines to support our genealogy habit -- be they the search engines within the big sites such as ...
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Genealogy Chat 5 Apr 2014 | Effective Citations

Our topic of the week for Apr. 5, 2014 will be: Effective Citations. The chat will occur in its own room all Saturday long. Be sure to register yourself to get a reminder. If you have any ideas for ...
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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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How to sell strength of Stack Exchange platform to larger genealogy community?

I haven't had enough gumption to work on my own research lately, so to fire up my imagination and take a bit of a break, I've been watching videos on YouTube, particularly the Ancestry.com videos that ...
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Genealogy Chat 22 March 2014: Genealogy Utility Software

Our topic of the week for 22 March 2014 will be: Genealogy Utility Software. We all have programmes and/or websites that we use to record our family trees (such as Family Historian, FTM or ...
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Genealogy Chat 15 March 2014: Work In Progress

Our topic of the week for 15 March 2014 will be: Work in Progress. Come and talk about the lines you're currently researching, and your progress and successes or brick walls. Or about the genealogy ...
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What's the appropriate form for the question about the Standard of Britton?

I downvoted the question Standard of Britton's matter because it seems as if the question ought to be answerable by referring to the same page of the book which contains the Plate. Referencing ...
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When is it appropriate to post the names of living people in a question?

Re: the question Where did Francois Dusnesmil with his wife Eliza Champion and 3 children arrive in America?, the user is doing research for the descendant of the family in the question and she has ...
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Let's get critical: Mar 2014 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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Genealogy Chat 21 Feb 2014: What I wish I'd known when I started

Our topic of the week for 21 February 2013 will be: What I wish I'd known when I started, suggested by ColeValleyGirl. The chat will occur in its own room all Saturday long. Be sure to register ...
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Genealogy Chat 15 Feb 2014: Tracking down local sources

Our topic of the week for 15 February 2013 will be: Tracking down local sources, suggested by ColeValleyGirl. Transcript of this chat The chat will occur in its own room all Saturday long. Be sure ...
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Genealogy Chat 8 Feb 2014: Making Time for Genealogy

Our topic of the week for 8 February 2013 will be: Making time for genealogy, suggested by ColeValleyGirl. "For most of us, genealogy is a hobby not a profession. How do you we fit it in among ...
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Genealogy Chat 1 Feb 2014: Essential websites

Our topic of the week for 1 February 2013 will be: Essential Websites, suggested by Jan Murphy. I have a long list of bookmarked web-pages that come in handy often. A good source of places to turn ...
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Genealogy Chat 25 Jan 2014: Clue or red herring?

Our topic of the week for 25 January 2013 will be: Clue or red herring?, suggested by Jan Murphy. "Is that odd bit of information a discrepancy, or an important clue? (used as a launching point ...
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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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