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I had no idea that prominent genealogists 'coach' ways to do this. Hilarious! A well thought out Meta post and thank you for bringing this issue into the light. Questions can most definitely plant names and Google 'findable' dates and places, but it's so important to remember that the community here exists for a purpose too. That is sharing. This is not a ...


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What I really like about the way Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange works is that, unlike discussion forums, bulletin boards, list servers, etc, there is no need to read through long back and forth discussions as participants try to tease apart and respond to multiple questions and crossed conversations. Some of that does happen here in comments, ...


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No, because tracking living or very-recently-deceased individuals often does not require one to hire a professional genealogist. I was under the impression that the no-mention-of-living-people was to protect the privacy of living people. We should not give the false impression that one must hire a professional genealogist to trace a living person.


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As I write this, I've been a user of this site for about a year. This is what I've learned in that time. The question-and-answer format on Stack Exchange has been a huge help to me in my research. Thinking about how to write a question that would be appropriate here -- a tightly-focused, answerable question -- makes me think about my research in a ...


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Yes, if it's used for questions about the German language as it relates to genealogy. We have the latin tag – I believe the only language tag currently – which has usage guidance: For questions about interpreting or translating genealogical records written in Latin Something similar for the German language would suffice. For any new tags created ...


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In order to minimize chances of infringing any copyright that might apply, and to keep questions focused, I think images should normally be cropped as far as is sensible. If only a single word in an image is being asked about then, to me, sensible cropping would be that word and a few words around it, hopefully some including the same letters. If potential ...


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On that question there is a comment by @bgwiehle that says: The second image above confirmed the most likely reading of the word already suggested by an earlier answer; so this question might be considered redundant. Consequently, I think that this question should probably be made a duplicate of the question with the answer mentioned above. If, you ...


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Having read your question several times, I'm still finding it hard to understand the point you're trying to make, but let me take a stab at paraphrasing your question and then responding to that. Paraphrasing your question: DNA analysis is important in some scientific/legal contexts but rubbish in a genealogical context (except when it isn't). Here are ...


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Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques is a Closed Group on Facebook. According to the Help Center's FAQ What are the privacy settings for groups?, only current members of a group can see the content of the group, even when it is shared outside the group. I admin some closed groups on Facebook. The context is a mix of news items and personal postings. ...


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Absolutely! Protecting questions only prevents answers by anonymous and very new users (which is exactly the group causing the problem in this case).


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I think it could be helpful, especially in cases where FreeBMD users are researching common names, to have FreeBMD report the subdistrict as well as the district. This would allow researchers to narrow down the geographical area where their research subject might be. Even in the cases where the surnames are less common, being able to see that a registration ...


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One-name studies exist to attempt to determine a surname's origins, and I suspect that even these rarely find anything concrete. Even reputable sources such as the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names may not be correct in all cases. For example, my ONS surname has an entry in the latest edition of this book, but for a number of reasons the proposed origin is ...


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Not enough questions, pure and simple. Questions needs answers, and scope to answer attracts regular users. Without interesting questions, it's hard to attract more users and more traffic. Obviously high-quality questions are better than low-quality questions. But even bad questions can be improved through editing. In my view, it's better to have more ...


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Focus on English language and thereby no user base for curating questions from an international multilingual community. This is a huge problem, even for regular users, because e.g. Americans won't find help with their European, non-British ancestors.


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I just searched for mentions of Family Legends and found only one such question for which I duly coined a new tag of family-legend. That question came from @Fortiter and was Where do I look for a woman who vanished for 17 years? By family legend I mean a story/legend that has been passed down to you (most likely) by word of mouth, or perhaps has been ...


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In the USA, September 15th through October 15th is celebrated as German-American Heritage Month, to commemorate the arrival of German immigrants to the US on October 6th, 1683. One of the special challenges if you have immigrant ancestors in your research is bridging the gap between the records in their new country, and the records in their old one. The ...


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Vote for this answer if you would like G&FH SE to have hats available for those who would like to see their avatars adorned with them during the festive season.


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Several members of the Stack Exchange community team, myself included have reviewed the state of things here on Genealogy. Here are our takeaways. Questions per day on Genealogy are just way too low to be considered for graduation Sure, question activity isn't always make or break for graduation, but it needs to be in a significantly higher range (7-10x) ...


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An observation I think that is a challenge to our marketing and we should try to refine if it is going to part of our your presentation is.. "How is G&FH SE different than other discussion boards." We need to not be just selling and explaining the SE discussion board model, but focus on its strengths over other formats of and other sites of G&FH ...


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I think date tags should be used to the degree they are relevant to the question. Not all questions require a date tag. Most questions are general questions involving a certain period of an individual's lifetime, therefore a century tag such as 18th-century is appropriate. In those cases, the answer may be similar whether the individual in question was ...


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Remove the research tag. I have never tagged any of my questions research even though most are about research. There is nothing in common with questions tagged research, rendering the tag useless. For questions about specific aspects of research we have the following tags: research-methods: For questions about how to conduct genealogy research and best ...


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Grassroots based movements like G&FH SE only make it by word of mouth. Who do online genealogists listen to? Social media of course. So people with their own blogs, on Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus need to get the word out, at least once every so often. Ask members to do a "why I like G&FH SE" post on one of those media. If 100 of our ...


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A good question. I suppose G&FH could piggy-back on the other popular pursuits… "Click here to add BMD certificates to your Amazon basket" "Hot, hot, HOT great-great-great-grandmothers GONE WILD!!" That should bring in users, and revenue! Failing that, G&FH.SE is neither well known nor readily findable. If I type "genealogy and family ...


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Sort of leaping off of PolyGeo's answer to "not be afraid to sprinkle our question titles with surnames and place names" ...I'd like to see more questions about tight-knit Societies and hard to research organizations. Like the Free Masons or Daughters of the American Revolution, etc. Asking questions about them, might garner interest from them. Wouldn't it ...


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I think we need only one FindMyPast tag, with an updated tag wiki as indicated below (with my bolding to indicate the change): findmypast A suite of genealogy websites operated by brightsolid online publishing across several national domains (including .com, .co.uk, .com.au, .ie). Use this tag when the question is applicable to any of these. The ...


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