Naming Patterns

The naming pattern for our ancestors children was generally to name them after the grandparents. In a 1987 edition of the Blair County Genealogical Society Newsletter the following naming sequence was listed. Since I have German ancestors I found the listing interesting and helpful.

English in England

1st son-maternal grandfather
2nd son-paternal grandfather
3rd son-father
1st daughter-paternal grandmother
2nd daughter-maternal grandmother
3rd daughter-mother

Germans in the U.S.

1st son-paternal grandfather
2nd son-maternal grandfather
3rd son-father
1st daughter-maternal grandmother
2nd daughter-paternal grandmother
3rd daughter-mother

Hope this is of help to you.

{source} Blair County Genealogical Society Newsletter; September-October-Novermber 1987; Altoona, PA; Vol. 8; Number 3



Voices from the Days of Slavery, Audio Interviews (American Memory from the Library of Congress)

Wow, what an amazing look into the past! It is not often that we can actually hear how older generations lived.  I didn’t know these interviews existed and thought I would share the link.

Voices from the Days of Slavery, Audio Interviews (American Memory from the Library of Congress).





Free Family Tree Templates: 4 Free Family Tree Templates + Bonus Chart

Thought I would share this find. Awesome templates for family trees!


Free Family Tree Templates: 4 Free Family Tree Templates + Bonus Chart.



The Limitations of Familial DNA Searching

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Since I have also done my DNA, I found this article very informative!

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

The New Orleans Advocate has published an interesting article about the advantages and the limitations of familial DNA searching. I admit I was not familiar with that phrase until I read the article by Jim Mustian. He writes, “Familial searching differs from traditional DNA testing, a mainstream tool used to identify criminals. In familial searching, the number of partial matches — in which genetic profiles share several common “alleles,” or variant forms of genes — can be overwhelming.”

The process is controversial and does not provide positive identification of the individual in question. However, it apparently can identify close family members.

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Michigan Death Certificates 1921-1939 are now Available for FREE at Seeking Michigan

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

The following is a quote from the web site at

Today (March 17, 2015) is Seeking Michigan’s sixth birthday, and the Archives of Michigan is thrilled to announce that images of Michigan death certificates from 1921-1939 are now available for free here at Seeking Michigan. The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted; for example, 1940 images will be released in January 2016. Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available here for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for your Michigan ancestors.

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Who Owns Your Genealogy Data?

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Thought this was an excellent article and wanted to share.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Overheard at a genealogy conference recently (repeated from memory so the wording might not be exact):

Person #1: “I won’t put my genealogy information online because I am afraid someone might steal it.”

Person #2: “Where did you obtain all that information?”

Person #1: “From freely available public records, including census records, birth and death records, newspapers, and such.”

OK, now let me add my own comments and questions: All of those records are always available to everyone else. What is person #1 trying to hide?

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It is the First Day of the Month: Back Up Your Genealogy Files

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This should be done every month!

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

BackUpYourGenealogyFilesIt is the first day of the month. It’s time to back up your genealogy files. Then test your backups!

Actually, you can make backups at any time. However, it is easier and safer if you have a specific schedule. The first day of the month is easy to remember, so I would suggest you back up your genealogy files at least on the first day of every month, if not more often.

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