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Jessica at Jessica’s Genejournal has awarded me the “I Love Your Blog Award”. Similar to the “Blogging Friends Forever” award, this must also be passed on to other bloggers. Since it seems that these awards actually are cyclical, I’ll use the same tagging method that Lidian at the Virtual Dime Museum used – if you are on my blogroll or in my links or a friend/follower on Facebook, consider yourself “tagged”! Just please, link back to my site (or the site that awarded it)!  Like, Jessica, I read more than seven blogs and at any one time I have several favorites! I feel very priviledged to be among a world class group as the genea-bloggers!

Jessica – thanks so much for the tag and the award! I’m humbled and thankful for this!

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One of the challenges of the Genea-Blogger Group Games under “Write! Write! Write!” is to Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site. So this is my summary and the reason I chose the name “All My Branches” for my genealogy blog.

1. The first reason is because it’s not a “one-name” blog.  I am ressearching at least a dozen family names in my ancestry.

2. Unlike my husband who thinks all family trees should look triangular instead of rectangular (see Family Stats – Updated May 6 2008,) I also want to add children, grandchildren and in-laws to other family members.

3. My genealogy web site is titled All My Branches.

Through the web site listed above, I have been in contact with dozens of “cousins” that I either have never actually met in person, have not seen since I was a young child, or didn’t even know existed!  I’ve also met via my genealogy research people who had met my grandparents and even shared some photos of them.  One son of my dad’s uncle had so many children that in the beginning, I knew that I would never be able to track any of them down.  Not only have I done that but I’ve received emails, letters and phone calls from sons and grandchildren of the man and a son of my great-uncle who wanted to give me some good information.

It’s been a long journey that sees no end to the road – and for that I am grateful. For the end would mean no more mystery, puzzles to solve, news to find, sources to document, or “cousins” to discover.

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I was very excited several months ago when I came across “Google Books” – especially since there are many books that you can see the Full Preview.  If there are any other search engine sites that have this feature – please alert me so I can check them out as well. 

If you type “genealogy” into the search box at Google Books, there are 49,700 hits – some are full books, others are Limited or Snippet previews.  For myself (as an example), I want to see full books so in the box next to the word “showing” – I want to use the scroll down menu to show “Full View Only”.  Then the hits are 12,300.  Still too many to look at.  I’m interested in Indiana Genealogy so I qualify by search terms to “Indiana genealogy”.  That only shows 1 item – not anything I am interested in.  Let’s take the quotes out and see what happens.  Without the quotes it returned 1032 hits.

Try it with surnames that you are researching.  When I research my HOUSE ancestors, I actually have to add a first name or I’ll get a lot of hits having to do with actually houses.  Let’s try “Lazarus House” (my 3rd great-grandfather).  I receive 53 hits with that search term.  Some of them are talking about “the” Lazarus House which seems to be a hospital or clinic.  Others are talking about the Biblical Lazarus’ home.  These hits: “New England Historical and Genealogical Register”, “Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society”, “Genealogy of the Loveland Family”, “Glastenbury for Two Hundred Years” – all mention my ancestor. 

I’ve also tried it with “Madison County History” Indiana, “Brown County” Ohio, and others.  It’s another good research tool to be used.

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