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Two Date Calculators Useful for Genealogy

Today I noticed a small water leak coming from the furnace in our basement. We had the furnace humidifier serviced in January. There was a 90-day guarantee for replacement of a water pad in the humidifier. I wanted to calculate exactly how long it was since the service was done. I searched on Google for

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The Question of Writing Dates

In an online article “Data Entry Standards for Genealogists & Research,” there is a section on Dates. Here is what this guide says about entering dates: The most readable and reliable format for presenting dates is day, month, year; this style is least likely to create confusion when entering, matching, or merging data. Abbreviate months

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Grandpa Huskonen Becomes a U.S. Citizen

My paternal grandfather, Evert Huuskonen, immigrated to America in 1902. He arrived in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, on the SS Tunisian, and entered the U.S. at Buffalo, New York on 29 Oct 1902. He left behind in Finland his wife, Ida Maria, and four children: Edith, Emil, Wilma, and Mary. They would join him the

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More on Grandma Huskonen’s Alien Registration

As I posted yesterday, my grandmother, Ida Maria Huskonen, was required to register as an alien during WWII. As it turned out, she was one of more than 4.7 million people living in America who registered as aliens. In my grandmother’s case, I’m sure that my father, Walfrid, took Grandma to Jefferson, the Ashtabula County

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Grandma Was An Alien!

The Alien Registration Act of 1940 (aka the Smith Act) was enacted by the 76th U. S. Congress on 29 Jun 1940. It required all non-citizen adult residents to register with the government (It also set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government). Registrations began on 27 Aug 1940, and the newly

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WRHS Genealogical Institute Announces Classes for January, February and March 2015

The Genealogical Institute of the Western Reserve Historical Society has just issued the following news release: Genealogical Institute Classes for January, February and March January 10, 2015: “Opening the Door to Your Family History” Jump-start your family research in the New Year by signing up for this beginner’s class. Focus will be on gathering documents,

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Ready, Set, Go: Researching Nordic Roots

I am finishing up my PowerPoint presentation on “Our Nordic Families: How to Research Your Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish Families.” I will be presenting it at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland on Saturday, November 1, starting at noon. To register, go here: http://www.wrhs.org/upcoming-event/our-nordic-families/, If you have questions, feel free to contact me by

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Videos Explain DNA and Genetic Genealogy

Videos are available from the Institute for Genetic Genealogy’s International Genetic Genealogy Conference held August 15, 16 and 17, 2014, in Washington D.C. Attendees were emailed links to access all the presentations online, but you can purchase access to the entire package of 27 presentations for $50 and individual videos for $4. The organizers have stated

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