Virtually Walk Where Your Ancestors Walked

(Virtually) Walk Where Your Ancestors Walked

My fourth great grandparents, Isaac Chilton and Ann Watkins, were from Wales and emigrated to the United States in 1860. Someday I hope to visit and walk the green landscape of Wales and learn about the rich cultural history of this land. In the meantime – thanks to Google Maps – I can take a

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Genealogy: Where Do I Start?

“I am new to genealogy. Where should I start?” This is a tricky question. I believe strongly that there is not any particular way that you should start. This is, in part, because genealogy is many things to many people. In fact, this question usually reminds me of the old tale of the blind men

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5 Great Sites for County Boundaries

Pretty early on in my research I learned that understanding county boundaries is really important. Read on to learn why. Why are county boundaries important? First off, understanding county boundaries helps you know where to look. If you are traveling for original research you will need to know which courthouse has your records. The relevant records

Cluster Genealogy and Mapping Tools

“No man is an island” – John Donne Too often we get hyper-focused on one individual in our efforts to discover our genealogy. This happens especially when the primary goal is to extend the branches of your family tree back along direct line ancestors – “I just want to know who the parents of my

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Getting to Know David Taylor

Introduction and Early Life I enjoy knowing a little about the various authors and bloggers I follow on the Internet, and I offer that opportunity now to you. That’s me up there in the Old West style photo. My name is David Taylor, and I grew up in Arizona surrounded by extended family on both

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Nexus – a New Metaphor for Families

nexus [nek-suh s] noun, plural nexuses, nexus. 1. a means of connection; tie; link. 2. a connected series or group. 3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation. I love words. The right word can be powerful. It can speak volumes and communicate nuance and context. The wrong word can create misunderstanding and confusion, or at

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Family Nexus – A Center Place

A Beginning History is the sum of individual events involving PEOPLE, PLACE, and TIME. Of course, each event is not an isolated incident and is influenced by other People, other Places, and other Times.  Here at The Family Nexus we emphasize the power of place across generations and time.  This blog is a beginning of sorts for us.  But of