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Old July 7th, 2011, 10:53 AM
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I started fooling around online with our family history back in 2005, but got sidetracked by other things. However, on our trip to England in May we made a special side trip to Cornwall where several generations on my mother's side lived and worked in the tin mines.

The people at the Cornwall Record Office in Truro are wonderful, and we have good friends in the area who actually took us to a mine. We also drove to the small village that my ancestors called home.

I've done the first chapter of a report on my research that I will distribute to the family--along with all the charts and chronologies that the great software in Family Tree Maker provides. More chapters will come after we return to Truro next year to continue the research (I didn't allow enough time to slog through all the microfiche). We'll also go to Guernsey to do the same with the other branch of my mother's family.

Anybody else into this stuff reasonably seriously? I'm still a rookie looking for good ideas!!
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I have a cousin living in California who is really into this .She has found info on my ancestors going back to the mid 19th.century.
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Someone did a tree for my cousin and her husband, so that meant 1/4 of the tree was mine. It went back to 1750 in Lyon France. My Grandfather and Uncle were named Napoleon,and my family on my mothers side is filled with French names that sound like they came from a romance novel.

Last year I tried to research my Father's, German, Russian, Jewish side of the family. This was difficult, even with an unusual maiden name..it seemed like I could only go so far.

That show this winter, Do You Know Who You Are, where they helped celebrities find their roots is what I need..someone to lead me in the right directions.
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Trip..on my river cruise to France two years ago, we started out in Lyon (and spent 2 days pre cruise)..it is an incredible city
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I started researching my father's side of the family and managed to trace it back to 16th century France, to 2 brothers who came over and settled in Beauport Quebec. Somewhere along the way my French ancestors ended up in Massachussetts and became English ancestors! I even discovered an Iroquois Indian great great grandmother.
It;s all so fascinating!
Now I need to try and trace my mother's side, and now living in Pictou, birthplace of New Scotland, I am all the more interested in my Scottish roots.....

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AR,

If you know someone in the Mormon church, the Mormons have a very very good database. You do need to be a member of the church to see it, tho.

The user here "lhp" Linda Powell, has been doing a great deal of searching lately. She may be able to point you to some tips.
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I'm kind of hamstrung. I know that my mother's descendents were German and true pioneers who crossed the Appalachin mountains in the late 18th or early 19th century through Pennsylvania and Ohio into what is now Indiana that was considered then as the "West." One high falutin' rich Aunt in her family tried to research her geneology but stopped when she found that one of her ancestors was hanged for treason. She progressed no further!

I can't trace my father because he was adopted and even though were I to start a trace, there probably would no longer be any records. At any rate, his adoptive Mother (who was quite socially prominent in Indianapolis in her day) and who was also nauseatingly haughty (pinky in the air, cigarette holder you get the picture) used to tell the story that his real parents were European Royalty who came to this country because their parents forbid them to marry and then were forced to return to Europe and left their baby behind. If anyone believed that one (they didn't), I'd tell them I had a Bridge In Brooklyn that I'd give them a hell of a deal were they to buy it. His sister (my Aunt) was also adopted and she and her brother were not blood related. However they adored each other. Back in those days, the upper crust were expected to have children so since my grandmother couldn't, they "acquired" their's. She certainly didn't raise them as would the average mother. There was a three quarters Cherokee one quarter Black live in who was in fact not just their Nanny but actually raised them. Dora (her name) was deeply loved and helped mother with we twins until she died when I was about six. We adored her but boy, she didn't accept any back talk whatsoever and would tan our hides in a heartbeat!

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I was in Pennsylvania recently and a truck passed by from a piano moving company .The name of the company was your last name ,Todd.
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There's a serious update since my original post a few days ago.

At the suggestion of the friend who got me started in all this six years ago, I ordered the 2011 version of Family Tree Maker, the software that's considered by most the gold standard for family research. I'd been using the 2005 version, which was fine, but my friend assured me that the new version would blow me away.

The big improvement is that this version links directly to the ancestry.com website. Basically, you post your tree online to ancestry, and it instantly shows you matching entries from other people's trees that have been posted.

I hooked all this up yesterday, and in ten minutes I was back another generation and a half in Cornwall, I found out where my great grandfather on my father's side was born (I knew it was Germany, but now I know the city). I haven't even finished investigating all the "hits" I got based on my data.

This isn't a commercial (well, at least I'm not getting paid for it), but you've probably seen the TV spots extolling this feature. I'm here to tell you that it's pretty impressive, so if you really want to tackle this you'd do well to get Family Tree Maker 2011 and subscribe to ancestry.com.

There are still dead ends here and there that require in-person research, but the wealth of data provided online inspires me to want to delve even further into the record offices in various parts of Europe and England to see how far back I can go.
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My earliest ancestor whom I have exhaustive information on lived in the Rhine Valley and emigrated as an indentured servant to a farm in Eastern Pennsylvania in the mid 1700's. He subsequently married the daughter of his employer.
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Several years ago, I got on Ancestry.com and put in my grandfather's first and last name, the city he came from, Minsk, and that he was the first cousin of Eddie Cantor. Several months later, I got an email from a new found cousin in Israel, who had the same last name as my grandfather, who's relatives had come from Minsk, and he also stated that he is related to Eddie Cantor! What a wonderful thing this was to find a new found cousin!
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Something to know about searching in Germany....cities names changed or are in "old German". One needs to know all the names, old and new, of the towns going back so far.

My father was adopted by a German couple. We were able to piece together a name of the birth parents and continue, but it took alot of work.
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Ancestry.com is probably the most known and has a free version of their Family Tree Builder. I have used most of the others and find FTB the best and simplest to use. They also have a premium version you have to pay for but doesn't add much to the free version, IMO.

Using the free data which is mostly 1890 back census records and such, I found a lot of mine back into the 1500's.

You can also post your tree online free.

You can also subscribe monthly and get all access to all genealogy records such as census, birth / death records, etc.
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