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Genealogy News – North America – 20 November 2011

Today’s edition includes map resources (including Google Earth), genealogy classes covering diverse topics, information on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a Maryland newspaper digitization project, easing adoptees’ efforts to obtain their original birth certificates, and the start date for the new US season of "Who Do You Think You Are?".

ON THE MAP

The New England Historical and Genealogical Society provided more major map collection resources:

GOOGLE EARTH CAN HELP YOU

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18    Oct 20111 comment

Genealogy: (Accidentally) Digging up the Dirt

Researching your family history most certainly has its ups and downs.

Most of us, however, receive a net benefit from the research, such as the feeling of familial inheritance, the joy of family stories or  just the thrill of the chase.

Look hard enough, though, and you're likely to find something lurking in the closet. Perhaps a skeleton, if you will. Of course, there are many ways to deal with these issues and, for many, the revelations will be so old that you can detach yourself completely from the embarrassment.

Others, however, are left in a situation where their new hobby has suddenly unearthed life-changing facts about their heritage.  Covering up these discoveries involves heartache and obvious holes in family research. Adopting an honest policy is desirable, but those life-changing facts can be too hard to bear even in modern society. Continue reading "Genealogy: (Accidentally) Digging up the Dirt" »

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