Nineteen Kinds of Death Records and Their Uses

Death certificates are filled with useful genealogical information, including, sometimes, things you may not have wanted to know. There are many other kinds of death records, of course, from obituaries to tombstone inscriptions. Each is useful in its way, and some are rich sources of clues for further research.

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Preserving My Grandfather’s Voice


For more than 30 years, a certain cassette tape has moved with me to dormitories, apartments, and homes in two different time zones. It contains the original copy of an interview with a long-deceased ancestor, which makes it precious. For decades I have procrastinated doing anything useful with it, which makes me . . . well, human, I suppose. In case you are human in the same way, I am documenting the recent end of my procrastination in some technical detail.

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Nine Ways to Make Family History a Habit

If family history were a solid, long-standing habit for me, I probably couldn’t list nine things to do to make it — or keep it — a habit. This post also somehow manages to include two of my favorite photographs from one of my favorite places, Key Largo. In blogging you can write almost anything you want; in corporate blogging you can write whatever you can get past the management, I guess.

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