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Family History Myths Dispelled

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Published on Feb 5, 2013

We've all got them -- family myths that just won't die. Maybe your great-grandmother was an Indian princess or grandpa had his name changed at Ellis Island. Maybe you're a descendant of someone who sailed on the Mayflower or a cousin to a famous politician. Whatever your family story, join Crista Cowan as she dispels the ones that can't possibly be true and helps you know how to prove (or disprove) the rest.

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  1. 14

    Free Records Available on Ancestry.com

  2. 15

    What's New at Ancestry.com: July 2014 Edition

  3. 16

    Genealogical Proof Standard: An Introduction

  4. 17

    [Deleted Video]

  5. 18

    AncestryDNA: The Search for Biological Family

  6. 19

    Genealogy Brick Walls Q&A

  7. 20

    Family Tree Maker: Notes

  8. 21

    FindAGrave: The Mobile App

  9. 22

    FindAGrave 101

  10. 23

    World War I and World War II Draft Registration Cards

  11. 24

    The Obituary Daily Times Index and the U.S. Obituary Collection

  12. 25

    Stop Searching. Start Browsing.

  13. 26

    Civil Registration versus Church Records

  14. 27

    What's New at Ancestry.com: May 2014 Edition

  15. 28

    Discovering Your Quaker Ancestors

  16. 29

    Five Things You Can Do This Weekend to Clean Up Your Family Tree

  17. 30

    Same Name - Different Man

  18. 31

    AncestryDNA: Making the Cousin Connection

  19. 32

    Discover More About Your Ancestors in Tax Records

  20. 33

    What's In A Will

  21. 34

    What's New at Ancestry.com: April 2014 Edition

  22. 35

    Genealogy Spring Cleaning

  23. 36

    How Irish Are You?

  24. 37

    State Research Guides and Place Pages

  25. 38

    Updating Your Ancestry.com Profile Page and Other Account Settings

  26. 39

    Maximize Your Search Time on Ancestry.com

  27. 40

    Googling Your Family History

  28. 41

    Genealogy To Do Lists

  29. 42

    Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree

  30. 43

    Some Genealogy Records Have No Names

  31. 44

    AncestryDNA: Contacting and Collaborating with Cousins

  32. 45

    Love Stories in Your Family Tree

  33. 46

    Highlights from RootsTech 2014

  34. 47

    African American Family History Research: Breaking the 1870 Wall

  35. 48

    Soundex, Wildcards and Other Search Options

  36. 49

    Understanding Baptismal Records

  37. 50

    What Do I Enter Into My Family Tree? Resolving Conflicting Evidence

  38. 51

    Top Tips for Beginning Latin American Research

  39. 52

    Overcoming Preconceived Notions for Family History Success

  40. 53

    New York Family History Research

  41. 54

    Understanding More About the Records You Are Using

  42. 55

    Family History Goals for 2014

  43. 56

    Timely Tips to Trim the Family Tree

  44. 57

    Rating Your Genealogy Sources

  45. 58

    How Laws Affect the Records Created About Your Ancestors

  46. 59

    It's Family History NOT Personal History

  47. 60

    Sharing Family History With the Genealogically Challenged

  48. 61

    Getting the Most Out of the 1921 Canada Census

  49. 62

    Favorite Resources of Professional Genealogists

  50. 63

    More Opportunities for Genealogy Education

  51. 64

    Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf

  52. 65

    Top Tips for Beginning Italian Family History Research

  53. 66

    Top Tips for Beginning Jewish Family History Research

  54. 67

    Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog

  55. 68

    Ancestry.com Learning Center

  56. 69

    Family History Records Are Telling More Stories Than Ever

  57. 70

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Photo Comments and Other Collaboration Tools

  58. 71

    Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: What Your Ancestors' Occupations Can Teach You

  59. 72

    Shoebox from Ancestry.com - It's a Scanner in Your Pocket

  60. 73

    Discovering Your Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

  61. 74

    New England Birth, Marriage and Death Records

  62. 75

    Researching Newspapers to Find Genealogy Gold

  63. 76

    What Does the War of 1812 Mean for Your Genealogy Research?

  64. 77

    Using Tax Records for Family History Research

  65. 78

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Uploading Pictures and Documents

  66. 79

    Putting Your Ancestors' Lives in Historical Context

  67. 80

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Privacy and Sharing

  68. 81

    Using City Directories in Your Research

  69. 82

    Browsing Records on Ancestry.com

  70. 83

    How To Request Information From An Archive

  71. 84

    Top Tips for Beginning English Family History Research

  72. 85

    Family History Focus to Grow Your Family Tree

  73. 86

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Story View

  74. 87

    Cousins Marrying Cousins? Don't Duplicate People in Your Family Tree

  75. 88

    Top Tips for Canadian Family History Research

  76. 89

    Ancestry.com Family History Wiki

  77. 90

    Taking a Family History Vacation

  78. 91

    Ethical Considerations in Family History

  79. 92

    Convicts and Criminals In Your Family Tree

  80. 93

    Honoring Those Who Died In Service To Their Country

  81. 94

    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

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    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

  83. 96

    Collaborate With Others to Grow Your Family Tree

  84. 97

    More Strategies for Finding Your Female Ancestors

  85. 98

    Clues in Non Marriage Records

  86. 99

    Little Used Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  87. 100

    First Comes Love, Then Comes... The Marriage Index?

  88. 101

    How to Find Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  89. 102

    Tips For Telling Your Family Stories

  90. 103

    Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls

  91. 104

    How to Handle Name Changes in Your Family Tree

  92. 105

    Researching Irish Records

  93. 106

    Beginning Irish Research

  94. 107

    RootsTech and Other Genealogy Conferences and Events

  95. 108

    I Started My Family Tree. Now What?

  96. 109

    Finding Late 19th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  97. 110

    Finding Early 20th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  98. 111

    Smart Search: Tips & Tricks

  99. 112

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy (Part 2)

  100. 113

    Resources for African American Genealogy Research

  101. Family History Myths Dispelled

  102. 115

    Using Ancestry.com Like A Pro

  103. 116

    Which Source Do I Believe? Evaluating Evidence

  104. 117

    Clean Up Your Family Tree

  105. 118

    Merging Duplicates In Your Family Tree

  106. 119

    Cousin Bait: Blogging to Find Your Family

  107. 120

    Write It Down: Tips for Recording Family History

  108. 121

    Telling Your Family Story with special guest, author Ryan Littrell

  109. 122

    Spelling Doesn't Count: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors

  110. 123

    Genealogy: Part History, Part Mystery

  111. 124

    Back to the Basics: Genealogy 101

  112. 125

    Search Ancestry.com Like A Detective

  113. 126

    [Private Video]

  114. 127

    Free Genealogy Records: Where to Find Them and How to Contribute

  115. 128

    CYA: Don't Get Caught With Your Hand in the Genealogy Cookie Jar

  116. 129

    Maps: A Path to Your Ancestors

  117. 130

    Yearbooks and Other Photo Collections

  118. 131

    Interviewing Family Members to Grow Your Family Tree

  119. 132

    Using the Dawes Rolls to Research Native American Ancestry

  120. 133

    Discovering Our Veterans - Finding Military Service Details

  121. 134

    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

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    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

  123. 136

    Tombstone Photography Dos and Don'ts

  124. 137

    Death Clues in Census Records

  125. 138

    Family History Clues in Death Records on Ancestry.com

  126. 139

    Alternatives to Death Certificates in Genealogy

  127. 140

    Ancestry.com Facebook App: Your Questions Answered

  128. 141

    Searching for Death Records

  129. 142

    How To Up Your Genealogy Game with Ancestry Anne

  130. 143

    Genealogy Brainstorming: I'm Stuck. Now What?

  131. 144

    How to Use Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire

  132. 145

    Hamburg Passenger Lists and Other Image First Collections

  133. 146

    How Do I Know I'm Right? Some Genealogy Basics

  134. 147

    Sourcing Your Vitals - Citations for Birth, Marriage and Death Records

  135. 148

    Understanding SAR/DAR Applications in Genealogy

  136. 149

    Using the Ancestry.com Shoebox Effectively

  137. 150

    Tips For Organizing Your Family History Records

  138. 151

    Naturalization Records: What They Tell Me and Where To Find Them

  139. 152

    Reflecting Accurate Relationships in Family Tree Maker and Ancestry Member Trees

  140. 153

    Using Social Media In Genealogy

  141. 154

    Defining Relationships in Genealogy

  142. 155

    Adoption and Genealogy Research

  143. 156

    Public vs Private Ancestry Member Trees

  144. 157

    Finding Missing People in the Census

  145. 158

    Sourcing Information Not on Ancestry.com

  146. 159

    Splitting or Combining Family Trees

  147. 160

    Introduction to Using Land Records for Family History

  148. 161

    Exploring Rootsweb on Ancestry.com

  149. 162

    Citing Your Sources Can Be Fun!

  150. 163

    Finding Original Records for Family History

  151. 164

    Collaboration & Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

  152. 165

    Effective Place Research in Family History

  153. 166

    Top Tips for Family History Research Trips

  154. 167

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy

  155. 168

    Crafting a Genealogy Research Plan

  156. 169

    MyCanvas and Other Ideas for Publishing Your Family History

  157. 170

    Using Ancestry.com Member Profiles

  158. 171

    How Do I Find the Genealogy Records I'm Looking For if There is No Index?

  159. 172

    Creating Timelines to Better Understand Records and Families

  160. 173

    Using Notes in FTM and Ancestry Member Trees to Keep Track of Your Family History

  161. 174

    Successful Searching To Tell Your Ancestor's Story, Part 2

  162. 175

    Unique Resources for Researching Your Family's Ethnic Origins

  163. 176

    Successful Searching To Tell Your Ancestor's Story, Part 1

  164. 177

    How to Track Down Your Family's Vets

  165. 178

    How To Use Message Boards to Break Through Genealogy Brick Walls

  166. 179

    What Genealogy Records Exist?

  167. 180

    What International Records are Available on Ancestry.com

  168. 181

    Comments and Corrections on Ancestry.com Records

  169. 182

    City Directories and How to Use for Family History

  170. 183

    Shaky Leaf Hints on Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker

  171. 184

    Ancestry.com LIVE: 1940 Lookups LIVE

  172. 185

    1940 U.S. Federal Census Tips and Tricks, Part 2

  173. 186

    1940 U.S. Federal Census Tips and Tricks, Part 3

  174. 187

    Getting Ready for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census

  175. 188

    Tips and Tricks for Solving Your Family History Challenges

  176. 189

    Behind the Scenes at Ancestry.com: Ancestry Mobile Apps

  177. 190

    Is This My Ancestor? Prove It or Disprove It

  178. 191

    Using the Ancestry.com Facebook Page to Further Your Family History Research

  179. 192

    Everybody's Got a Little Irish in Them

  180. 193

    Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

  181. 194

    Ethnic Surnames: Finding Your Ancestor with a Not-So-Common Name

  182. 195

    Ancestry.com Live Q&A: Tools to Help Your Family History Research

  183. 196

    Solving African American Family History Research Challenges

  184. 197

    Census Records - Beyond the Names and Dates

  185. 198

    Connecting Internet Find to Your Ancestry Member Tree

  186. 199

    Finding Family History Clues in Marriage Records

  187. 200

    Quick Tips for African American Family History Research

  188. 201

    Ancestry.com Live Q&A: How Do Our Experts Search

  189. 202

    Experience the New 1930 U.S. Federal Census Image Viewer

  190. 203

    Did They Really Come Through New York? How to Search Passenger Lists

  191. 204

    Learning from Records in the World Memory Project

  192. 205

    How to Find a Birth, Marriage or Death Record in Pennsylvania

  193. 206

    Approach Your Family History Research Like A Pro

  194. 207

    Find Your Ancestor in Hometown History

  195. 208

    Using Tree Hints in Ancestry Member Trees or Family Tree Maker

  196. 209

    Genealogy New Years Resolutions for 2012

  197. 210

    Finding Family History Clues in State Census Records

  198. 211

    Exploring the 1930 U.S. Federal Census

  199. 212

    Common Surnames: Strategies for Finding Your Ancestor in the Crowd

  200. 213

    Find Pre-1850 Relatives with Your Ancestry Member Tree

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