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Wait! Was That Important To Your Ancestor?

[Editor’s note: Family history expert Thomas MacEntee ponders the evidence left behind about the hobbies and pastimes of our ancestors.] My nightmare as a genealogist: after I die, my family finds my research papers and files, dismisses them as “that genealogy junk” and summarily disposes of them—quickly and efficiently. Perhaps you’ve already done the same with […]


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Independence Day

Thomas MacEntee of High Definition Genealogy investigates the origins of Independence Day and how our families have celebrated the holiday. Recently, I went through some old photos of my family celebrating Independence Day and it was interesting to see some of the same traditions from past generations still hold true today. Naturally I had to […]


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Of Occupations and Ancestors

[Editor’s note: Genealogy expert Thomas MacEntee looks back at the various occupations of our ancestors and how work records can assist family history research.] Do you know what a farrier is? Until I started researching my own family history, I had no idea (it is someone who specializes in hoof care for horses, including horseshoes). Work […]


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