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Here's what to do if you see "No one home" in the address that you want in the #1950census. First, don't panic. Read the entry. It should say something like "See Sheet 71, Line 4." #genealogy /1
If the family wasn't home when the enumerator came around the first time, they were supposed to revisit them. The "revisits" begin on Sheet 71, at the end of that enumeration district. #1950census /2
"But there aren't 71 pages in my enumeration district!" That's ok. It doesn't matter what sheet number the regular visits end on. The revisits begin on Sheet 71. So the enumeration district could jump from Sheet 12 to Sheet 71 (no pages missing). /3
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#Genealogy update! A thread on how I depend on the kindness of strangers.

Michael kindly commented on my #Korsun rebbe thread and led me to the incredible work of #AlexKrakovsky, who digitized Ukrainian Jewish records even as Russia invaded:…
I owe my rudimentary Russian alphabet skills to my ol’ bestie @_atricapillus, who I shocked/amused once by singing the Russky alphabet to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Any hope of reading Tsarist era handwriting is thanks to this Cyrillic cursive chart:…
And to my haters who say it can’t be done, here’s the Russian Alphabet sung to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in slightly minor mode and in appropriate bass:
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When the 1921 census was released, I found my only grandparent who was alive that year: William Herbert Jefferson, a Church of England priest. He is on the list of vicars at Christ Church, New Seaham, a church built for miners in County Durham that I last visited in 2015. (1/7) Image
William was a miner's son. On the day of the census (held at @UkNatArchives) he was 4 years and 11 months old. He was in Geoffrey Street, Whitburn, with his parents: William Herbert senior, a heaver at Marsden colliery who was ‘out of work’ and Edith, who had ‘home duties’. (2/7) Image
William Herbert Jefferson senior had fought in the First World War in the West Yorkshire Regiment, and was a prisoner of war in Germany. His son (my grandfather) was born in 1916, but did not see his father (my great-grandfather) until after the war had ended, in 1919. (3/7) Image
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I’m taking a page from @PYMundGenealogy and microblogging a cool #genealogy find via @nycrecords’ NYC Historical Vital Records Project. This new site (thanks to @ReclaimTheRecs) provides FREE access to 13.3 million NYC birth, death & marriage records!
So in one big gulp I found 50+ vital records from my Great-Grandma Bess’ Russian Jewish American family, last name Davis, original name something like Davinsky. I noticed an interesting pattern…
SIX family weddings (an aunt and her five nieces) taking place between 1899-1907 involved the same rabbi, Max Etkes (later Max Etkin)… Image
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I have a story to share about the impact of family history.

A moment that brought tears to my eyes - and the eyes of many other family members too.

Why? Because of the power of seeing family memories come to life.
My grandmother, Cora, passed away in 2006. Until this past week, we had no video footage of her. Only photos. But, that changed this week…
I now have digital footage from a birthday party given in 1987 as a surprise for one of her sisters, who also, is no longer with us. At that birthday party were many, many family members. Including myself, my siblings, and my dad. I had pictures of that party...
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#CivilWar veteran Theophilus L Covington widowed two women and was a widower once before his own death in 1911.

I still have significant gaps in his story from his birth to 1875.

Where should I start? Maybe chronology will be key. So... #BHM #USHistory #MIHistory🧵
1st sign I have of him is 1860 census where we see his wife Anna Ward Covington and daughter Gertrude, aged 2, born in Michigan. Living in Owosso, Shiawassee County - which became a sundown town. No Theophilus. 2/
During the Civil War, there were income taxes so I find Theophilus L Covington (fabulous uncommon name) in Houghton County Michigan by November of 1862 operating a saloon. 3/
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If you like using newspapers for your #genealogy, #familyhistory research, you'll love this update. This month, we started our Tennessee Genealogy Indexing project to pull names from historical newspapers. And our volunteers have been doing an amazing job...
In just under 3 weeks, they've indexed about 3,000 names from historical newspapers around the state. We are using @_FromThePage_ as our crowdsourcing platform and it's been going so well!
Over in the @tngenweb Facebook group, I shared an example of why this project is so important. The example was an 1850 obit for Mrs. Martha Pettitt that was published in the Athens Post and found no online researchers that had her obit as a source...
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Some people do bad things, but, they don't look bad.
They are others who do good, but, they don't look good.
It's how we are intrinsically made, that shapes our personality, defines our intentions and describes our actions.
Our #DNA is the repository that informs our evolution.
Ask the maker why he made it?
Not from the doer.
We human beings are at the receiving end, always!!
We are what we are!
We all are made according to a certain specification list.
If we try to mutate ourselves forcefully too much, we won't remain what we are.
Be #Adaptative without violating the complex laws of nature.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/21/2021…
Organizations’ system noise creates errors in decision making | McKinsey…

#SystemNoise, #DecisionMaking, #CognitiveBias
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🧵For those of u who saw my talk yesterday at @Layer8Con on #genealogy and #osint, or wish they had seen it here are some links to get you started:
@FamilySearch is probably the most comprehensive tool to get you started. It is free, has billions of records and is quite user friendly.
@Ancestry and @MyHeritage are semi free platforms that are good complements to @FamilySearch and have more coverage on currently living people while Family Search only allows you to see data on deceased relatives.
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I've never looked at census forms past the ones released for use. In four more years, the 1950s census will be eligible for release. I looked at this one because it would have been the guideline federal census for the year I was born. 1/9 #Genealogy…
My mother didn't mention I was bi-racial on my first census. The 1960 census while offering other race types was not yet separating the Latino community out as different. The 1950s Census did not either, but it did ask you to spell out any race not listed. #Genealogy 2/9
My mother claims Latinos were not considered non-Caucasian on government forms in the 50s. She grew up Caucasian in the 20s and 30s so other than sleeping with the man who donated my genetic material, she knew very little about the culture and what they faced. #Genealogy 3/9
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In the continuing saga of @FindaGrave and copyrighted photos, I just got a response to the email I sent them earlier this week… /1
Recap: FG user stole the copyrighted photo from my dad’s online obit and posted it to the FG memorial that I created. I asked him to remove it and he did. But…. /2
Said FG user has created more than 21k memorials and has more than 23k photos. Scrolling through his memorials, it’s easy to see that the *vast* majority are photos of the deceased, and are the type commonly seen in online obits. /3
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A big hello and welcome to my new followers this week. With the current flurry around #THEGenealogyShow2021 it's been a busy time.

One of my favourite resources to use in #genealogy research is MAPS. So here's a little thread of #maps to get your weekend off to a good start... Extract from the first ordnance survey map in 1801, showing
The previous map (& here) is taken from the first ever Ordnance Survey (OS) map, produced in 1801 for the Kent.

And why Kent? The clue's in the name: ORDNANCE refers to artillery or weaponry; these maps were made with military defence in mind, just prior to the Napoleonic Wars. 1801 map extract showing Greenwich, at that time in Kent
Of course OS #maps are but a relatively recent development in the long history of mapping. Here's a copy of Morgan's famous 1682 map of London.
Beautiful - but not without its biases: prisons, WHs and signs of poverty were "judiciously" omitted from the final version... Morgan map of London from 1682
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URGENT! Don't miss this chance to comment about how we can get records from USCIS for #genealogy. /1
Wouldn't it be nicer if we didn't have to go hat in hand to the Genealogy program and pay two rounds of fees in order to get records? Doesn't it make more sense to have those historical records at NARA? /2
Records Not Revenue has a list of talking points that you can draw on to make comments but PLEASE write your own comments, don't just copy and paste. Pick the conversation starter that matches the way you feel and run with it. /3
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Science behind Gowtram Genetics - Do you know why every time you sit in a puja the priest asks you for Gowtra? What is Gowtram system? Why do we have this? Why do we consider this to decide marriages? Why should sons carry the gowtram of father, why not daughter?
How/why does gowtra of a daughter change after she gets married? What is the logic? In fact this is an amazing genetic science we follow.
Let's see the science of genetics behind gowtra systems.
The word GOWTRA formed from two Sanskrit words GAU (means cow) Trahi (means shed)
Gowtra means cowshed. Gowtra is like cowshed protecting a particular male lineage.
We identify our male lineage/gowtra by considering to be descendants of the 8 great MahaRishis (Saptarishis + Bharadwaja MahaRishi). All the other gowtras were evolved from these only.
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The part about where the death occurred is critical. Your ancestor may have lived her whole life in the town of Tonawanda. But if her last days were spent in a hospital in Buffalo, then her death certificate is in Buffalo, not Tonawanda.
Or if your ancestor lived his whole life in Buffalo but died while vacationing in Florida, then that is where his death certificate will be.
In any event, the important takeaway here is that if you want a copy of a NY State government-issued vital record: a birth certificate, marriage license, or death certificate, you must request it from a government office.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 10/12/2020…
Infographic: Visualizing the World's Top Plastic Emitting Rivers…

#world #infographic #rivers #plastic
The Coronavirus Unveiled: Microscopic Images of SARS-CoV-2 - The New York Times…

#images #COVID19
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For years, the death location of my ancestor Louis Dreyfus, father Leopold Louis-Dreyfus —founder of the Louis-Dreyfus dynasty—, and his wife Rachel Levy, was a mystery to most #genealogy researchers (at least it seems so).…

Last week, I decided to review the marriage records of Louis' children when I could find them, in search of a clue of Louis and Rachel's addresses.

Their daughter Julie was married in 1877 in Strasbourg to Jakob Koch, and lived at the with her parents in Basel 🇨🇭.

So I sent a request to the Basel-Stadt Kanton last week, and just got the two records by email this morning!

Both Louis Dreyfus and his wife Rachel died in Basel, at the same address. He passed in 1879, and she in 1892.

The records even listed the causes of death.
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Science behind Gowtra #Genetics
Do you know why every time you sit in a puja the priest asks you for Gotra? What is Gotra system? Why do we have this? Why do we consider this to decide marriages? Why should sons carry the #gowtra of father, why not daughter? @sattology
How/why does gotra of a daughter change after she gets married? What is the logic? Infact this is an amazing genetic science we follow.
Let's see the #science of #Genetics behind gotra systems.
The word GOTRA formed from two #Sanskrit words GAU (means cow) Trahi (means shed)
Gotra means #cowshed. Gotra is like cowshed protecting a particular male lineage.
We identify our male lineage/gotra by considering to be descendants of the 8 great Rishi (#Saptarishi + Bharadwaj Rishi). All the other gotra evolved from these only.
@Mahender_Chem @mamatarsingh
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1841 Scotland Census — Is a *photograph* of the instructions to enumerators of the 1841 census on-line? Helpfully there is a transcription at…, but I would like to see a copy of an actual document and can’t find one. #FamilyHistory #Genealogy #AncestryHour.
By the way, I’ve tried the sites for @ScotlandsPeople, @FamilySearch and @NatRecordsScot, but can’t find a digital image.
Thanks to a fantastic message from Emma at @scottishindexes, I think I’ve got all the information I need for my current research. Lovely to see what the householders’ and enumerators’ schedules from 1841 actually looked like. Thanks, Emma :-)
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Today in random #genealogy tips: As I work on trees, I so often see people who've fallen into easily avoidable traps and added the wrong people to their trees.

I like the metaphor of a logic grid puzzle.

You have to make sure all the facts about each person line up.
That means if you're looking at someone who was born in Lithuania in 1875 and whose eldest daughter was born in Lithuania in 1905, the arrival manifest for an unmarried man with a similar name who arrived as a child in 1880 is probably not your guy.
One trick I use if a naturalization is not readily available to pinpoint the arrival is to look for the arrival of the children. It's sometimes easier to find them on manifests than it is to find their parents.
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I, like many people, have found more time lately to work on hobbies. Since it has been pouring rain for days, I have had extra time to dig around in genealogy. Over the past couple of days, I have made an interesting discovery. #genealogy #UnitedEmpireLoyalists 1/14
My Mum and grandmother always maintained that a direct line of our family was descended from UELs - United Empire Loyalists - people who fled to Canada after the American War of Independence. But before the internet, it was very difficult to chase down records to prove this. 2/14
I have, honestly, been much more interested in my ancestors who were really nobody significant. There's a lot more detective work involved, a lot more challenge to track the poor, since back in the day, no one took much notice of their comings and goings. 3/14
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🎙️It's one thing to take a #DNA test and get back a fancy pie chart with the ethnic groups you belong to. It's another to have those same test results shift your entire world after you discover that one of your biological parents is not who you were told they were.
🎙️In this episode, we discuss the highs and lows of living with this new found information from people who have experienced it first hand, all while learning how to navigate such a sensitive topic in the Black community. #blackprogen
🎙️Join us for a live Q&A following the premiere of episode 111a. Our Guests will be with US. Set reminders, watch live, and catch the recording of episode 111b. #HistoryUnscripted
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This is the 20th anniv. of home DNA testing for ancestry purposes! 20 years ago this mo, @FamilyTreeDNA sent out its first test kit. The testing was v diff, but the industry (cos like @23andMe, @Ancestry and @MyHeritage) traces back to this moment 2 decades ago. #DNAtesting20
In coming wks I’ll be tweeting out the milestones of the last 20 yrs in #DNAtesting. I’m taking suggestions! Could be industry or #geneticgenealogy moments, or ones relating to yr personal #genealogy journey. Put year and tag #DNAtesting20. This week: 2000-2010.
Milestones from 20 yrs of #DNAtesting: #DNAsurprises have been uncovered since the industry's beginning. The founder of @FamilyTreeDNA told me he stumbled on the 1st before he even rolled out product, during proof of concept testing in ‘99. #genealogy Send yrs w/ #DNAtesting20
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