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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. 20

    Free Records Available on Ancestry.com

  2. 21

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

  3. 22

    Genealogical Proof Standard: An Introduction

  4. 23

    [Deleted Video]

  5. 24

    AncestryDNA: The Search for Biological Family

  6. 25

    Genealogy Brick Walls Q&A

  7. 26

    Family Tree Maker: Notes

  8. 27

    FindAGrave: The Mobile App

  9. 28

    FindAGrave 101

  10. 29

    World War I and World War II Draft Registration Cards

  11. 30

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

  12. 31

    Stop Searching. Start Browsing.

  13. 32

    Civil Registration versus Church Records

  14. 33

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

  15. 34

    Discovering Your Quaker Ancestors

  16. 35

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

  17. 36

    Same Name - Different Man

  18. 37

    AncestryDNA: Making the Cousin Connection

  19. 38

    Discover More About Your Ancestors in Tax Records

  20. 39

    What's In A Will

  21. 40

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

  22. 41

    Genealogy Spring Cleaning

  23. 42

    How Irish Are You?

  24. 43

    State Research Guides and Place Pages

  25. 44

    Updating Your Ancestry.com Profile Page and Other Account Settings

  26. 45

    Maximize Your Search Time on Ancestry.com

  27. 46

    Googling Your Family History

  28. 47

    Genealogy To Do Lists

  29. 48

    Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree

  30. 49

    Some Genealogy Records Have No Names

  31. 50

    AncestryDNA: Contacting and Collaborating with Cousins

  32. 51

    Love Stories in Your Family Tree

  33. 52

    Highlights from RootsTech 2014

  34. 53

    African American Family History Research: Breaking the 1870 Wall

  35. 54

    Soundex, Wildcards and Other Search Options

  36. 55

    Understanding Baptismal Records

  37. 56

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

  38. 57

    Top Tips for Beginning Latin American Research

  39. 58

    Overcoming Preconceived Notions for Family History Success

  40. 59

    New York Family History Research

  41. 60

    Understanding More About the Records You Are Using

  42. 61

    Family History Goals for 2014

  43. 62

    Timely Tips to Trim the Family Tree

  44. 63

    Rating Your Genealogy Sources

  45. 64

    How Laws Affect the Records Created About Your Ancestors

  46. 65

    It's Family History NOT Personal History

  47. 66

    Sharing Family History With the Genealogically Challenged

  48. 67

    Getting the Most Out of the 1921 Canada Census

  49. 68

    Favorite Resources of Professional Genealogists

  50. 69

    More Opportunities for Genealogy Education

  51. 70

    Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf

  52. 71

    Top Tips for Beginning Italian Family History Research

  53. 72

    Top Tips for Beginning Jewish Family History Research

  54. 73

    Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog

  55. 74

    Ancestry.com Learning Center

  56. 75

    Family History Records Are Telling More Stories Than Ever

  57. 76

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

  58. 77

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

  59. 78

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

  60. 79

    Discovering Your Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

  61. 80

    New England Birth, Marriage and Death Records

  62. 81

    Researching Newspapers to Find Genealogy Gold

  63. 82

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

  64. 83

    Using Tax Records for Family History Research

  65. 84

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Uploading Pictures and Documents

  66. 85

    Putting Your Ancestors' Lives in Historical Context

  67. 86

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Privacy and Sharing

  68. 87

    Using City Directories in Your Research

  69. 88

    Browsing Records on Ancestry.com

  70. 89

    How To Request Information From An Archive

  71. 90

    Top Tips for Beginning English Family History Research

  72. 91

    Family History Focus to Grow Your Family Tree

  73. 92

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Story View

  74. 93

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

  75. 94

    Top Tips for Canadian Family History Research

  76. 95

    Ancestry.com Family History Wiki

  77. 96

    Taking a Family History Vacation

  78. 97

    Ethical Considerations in Family History

  79. 98

    Convicts and Criminals In Your Family Tree

  80. 99

    Honoring Those Who Died In Service To Their Country

  81. 100

    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

  82. 101

    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

  83. 102

    Collaborate With Others to Grow Your Family Tree

  84. 103

    More Strategies for Finding Your Female Ancestors

  85. 104

    Clues in Non Marriage Records

  86. 105

    Little Used Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  87. 106

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

  88. 107

    How to Find Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  89. 108

    Tips For Telling Your Family Stories

  90. 109

    Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls

  91. 110

    How to Handle Name Changes in Your Family Tree

  92. 111

    Researching Irish Records

  93. 112

    Beginning Irish Research

  94. 113

    RootsTech and Other Genealogy Conferences and Events

  95. 114

    I Started My Family Tree. Now What?

  96. 115

    Finding Late 19th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  97. 116

    Finding Early 20th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  98. 117

    Smart Search: Tips & Tricks

  99. 118

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy (Part 2)

  100. 119

    Resources for African American Genealogy Research

  101. Family History Myths Dispelled

  102. 121

    Using Ancestry.com Like A Pro

  103. 122

    Which Source Do I Believe? Evaluating Evidence

  104. 123

    Clean Up Your Family Tree

  105. 124

    Merging Duplicates In Your Family Tree

  106. 125

    Cousin Bait: Blogging to Find Your Family

  107. 126

    Write It Down: Tips for Recording Family History

  108. 127

    Telling Your Family Story with special guest, author Ryan Littrell

  109. 128

    Spelling Doesn't Count: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors

  110. 129

    Genealogy: Part History, Part Mystery

  111. 130

    Back to the Basics: Genealogy 101

  112. 131

    Search Ancestry.com Like A Detective

  113. 132

    [Private Video]

  114. 133

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

  115. 134

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

  116. 135

    Maps: A Path to Your Ancestors

  117. 136

    Yearbooks and Other Photo Collections

  118. 137

    Interviewing Family Members to Grow Your Family Tree

  119. 138

    Using the Dawes Rolls to Research Native American Ancestry

  120. 139

    Discovering Our Veterans - Finding Military Service Details

  121. 140

    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

  122. 141

    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

  123. 142

    Tombstone Photography Dos and Don'ts

  124. 143

    Death Clues in Census Records

  125. 144

    Family History Clues in Death Records on Ancestry.com

  126. 145

    Alternatives to Death Certificates in Genealogy

  127. 146

    Ancestry.com Facebook App: Your Questions Answered

  128. 147

    Searching for Death Records

  129. 148

    How To Up Your Genealogy Game with Ancestry Anne

  130. 149

    Genealogy Brainstorming: I'm Stuck. Now What?

  131. 150

    How to Use Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire

  132. 151

    Hamburg Passenger Lists and Other Image First Collections

  133. 152

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

  134. 153

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

  135. 154

    Understanding SAR/DAR Applications in Genealogy

  136. 155

    Using the Ancestry.com Shoebox Effectively

  137. 156

    Tips For Organizing Your Family History Records

  138. 157

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

  139. 158

    Reflecting Accurate Relationships in Family Tree Maker and Ancestry Member Trees

  140. 159

    Using Social Media In Genealogy

  141. 160

    Defining Relationships in Genealogy

  142. 161

    Adoption and Genealogy Research

  143. 162

    Public vs Private Ancestry Member Trees

  144. 163

    Finding Missing People in the Census

  145. 164

    Sourcing Information Not on Ancestry.com

  146. 165

    Splitting or Combining Family Trees

  147. 166

    Introduction to Using Land Records for Family History

  148. 167

    Exploring Rootsweb on Ancestry.com

  149. 168

    Citing Your Sources Can Be Fun!

  150. 169

    Finding Original Records for Family History

  151. 170

    Collaboration & Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

  152. 171

    Effective Place Research in Family History

  153. 172

    Top Tips for Family History Research Trips

  154. 173

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy

  155. 174

    Crafting a Genealogy Research Plan

  156. 175

    MyCanvas and Other Ideas for Publishing Your Family History

  157. 176

    Using Ancestry.com Member Profiles

  158. 177

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

  159. 178

    Creating Timelines to Better Understand Records and Families

  160. 179

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

  161. 180

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

  162. 181

    Unique Resources for Researching Your Family's Ethnic Origins

  163. 182

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

  164. 183

    How to Track Down Your Family's Vets

  165. 184

    How To Use Message Boards to Break Through Genealogy Brick Walls

  166. 185

    What Genealogy Records Exist?

  167. 186

    What International Records are Available on Ancestry.com

  168. 187

    Comments and Corrections on Ancestry.com Records

  169. 188

    City Directories and How to Use for Family History

  170. 189

    Shaky Leaf Hints on Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker

  171. 190

    Ancestry.com LIVE: 1940 Lookups LIVE

  172. 191

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

  173. 192

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

  174. 193

    Getting Ready for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census

  175. 194

    Tips and Tricks for Solving Your Family History Challenges

  176. 195

    Behind the Scenes at Ancestry.com: Ancestry Mobile Apps

  177. 196

    Is This My Ancestor? Prove It or Disprove It

  178. 197

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

  179. 198

    Everybody's Got a Little Irish in Them

  180. 199

    Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

  181. 200

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

  182. 201

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

  183. 202

    Solving African American Family History Research Challenges

  184. 203

    Census Records - Beyond the Names and Dates

  185. 204

    Connecting Internet Find to Your Ancestry Member Tree

  186. 205

    Finding Family History Clues in Marriage Records

  187. 206

    Quick Tips for African American Family History Research

  188. 207

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

  189. 208

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

  190. 209

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

  191. 210

    Learning from Records in the World Memory Project

  192. 211

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

  193. 212

    Approach Your Family History Research Like A Pro

  194. 213

    Find Your Ancestor in Hometown History

  195. 214

    Using Tree Hints in Ancestry Member Trees or Family Tree Maker

  196. 215

    Genealogy New Years Resolutions for 2012

  197. 216

    Finding Family History Clues in State Census Records

  198. 217

    Exploring the 1930 U.S. Federal Census

  199. 218

    Common Surnames: Strategies for Finding Your Ancestor in the Crowd

  200. 219

    Find Pre-1850 Relatives with Your Ancestry Member Tree

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