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Old 01-11-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Genealogy is a great hobby. It teaches patience, and with time, the novice becomes a highly trained sleuth - for this hobby is a puzzle. Where did we come from and how did we get here? And if you search hard enough you might find grandpa didn't know as much about his ancestors as he thought he did. When we begin most of us don't know much about our family except the names of our parents and grandparents - at least I didn't. It was a great surprised to learn my 'English" parents both had strong Dutch roots!

It's a worthy hobby that should fare well in Special Groups here in the CD forums, but group members have to participate. It's one thing to join a group, and quite another to contribute. Since participation is strictly voluntary, no participation = no group.

If anyone who reads this is interested in a group here, and wants to participate in building it, I will join in.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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Genealogy is a great hobby. It teaches patience, and with time, the novice becomes a highly trained sleuth - for this hobby is a puzzle. Where did we come from and how did we get here? And if you search hard enough you might find grandpa didn't know as much about his ancestors as he thought he did. When we begin most of us don't know much about our family except the names of our parents and grandparents - at least I didn't. It was a great surprised to learn my 'English" parents both had strong Dutch roots!

It's a worthy hobby that should fare well in Special Groups here in the CD forums, but group members have to participate. It's one thing to join a group, and quite another to contribute. Since participation is strictly voluntary, no participation = no group.

If anyone who reads this is interested in a group here, and wants to participate in building it, I will join in.
I'm in...
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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I'm interested as well.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:24 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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My wife has been working with geneology for over 35 years and loves every minute of it.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:33 AM
 
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Been doing it for 15 years now.
My "Dutch" Danners were Deutsch speaking Swiss.
My "Swedish" Bergs were probably Hugenaut "Bereck" where the named morphed from Bereck to Berck to Berk to Berg.
My surname ancestor where my father found the home town in Germany in old East Germany to really be from Heilbronn. Very much in the old West Germany.
?20? Rev war soldiers
Only 1 civil war soldier
Paupers.
Rich people
Still working on possible Scots Kings.
I helped a guy once. He contacted me *3 years* later with an email saying "You probably dont remember me but I remember you helped me. I just happened to be in the National Archives (NOT on my list of places to go) and found our common ancestor's family bible... There was a family page and this is what it said..."
I met the smartest person I ever met. We are 14th cousins once removed.
Spent many hundreds of hours in the family history center in a Mormon church and was never proselytized.
Went to many different places in other states in search of records.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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I am interested. Been doing it since 1984. Count me in.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I'm in!!!
I just requested an application to join the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War!! You can only join if you have and can prove direct lineage to a Union soldier etc
It was so interesting to find out my great grandfather had been a Union soldier, fought at Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg , he was also captured and released about 1 week later. He was there in May 1863, when Gen Jackson was wounded and died...

Found all this out through geneology
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I'm in - I just started researching my family tree but my mom has been doing it a while and her mom before her had a lot of info.
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I was reading my dad's AARP magazine, and it said the US Census Bureau is starting to hire people to take the 2010 census. So I googled it and found that the hiring for this starts in Feb 2009 thru May 2009. This would be a great way for those of us who do genealogy work to be a part of history. Just thought I would pass this along to anyone who is interested. I had already thought about doing this, but to get paid a very decent rate is just a bonus!

Also count me in on this forum. I have doing genealogy work for several years now and love it!
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:35 PM
 
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Looks like we have the beginning of a good group!

I would like some input on the best ways to organize all of the paperwork. I have deeds, birth/death and marriage certificates, military paperwork, school transcripts, etc...I would like to know how all of you keep it together...by family, person, by type of documents...

There are a few great websites that explain it but I would like to hear from others what seems to work best!
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