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Music in the Family
David A. Norris examines how you can discover the music that played a role in your ancestors’ lives

Strategies for Finding African American Ancestors Pre-1866
Stuart Doyle looks at ways to overcome the problems you may encounter when trying to locate your African American ancestors in the usual places

Historical Records Survey
Carol Richey looks at the efforts of the Works Progress Administration to inventory and survey historical records and the lasting contribution made to genealogical researchers

Hudson Fortune: Truth or Fiction?
Robbie Gorr examines the kernels of truth in those family stories

Russian Language and Names: A Primer
Matthew Bielawa offers some basics on understanding the Russian language and naming conventions

What's an Heirloom, and Where Can I Get One?
Bill Leslie offers some insight into what constitutes a family “heirloom”, and what to do if you don’t have one

My Ancestor Was a Blacksmith!
Claire Gebben relates how learning about an ancestor’s profession firsthand goes a long way toward gaining an understanding of that ancestor’s life so long ago

Your DNA Autobiography
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD gives us a primer on how DNA can assist you in your genealogy research

Black Sheep, Loose Nuts, and Family Secrets
Bill Leslie offers advice on how to handle sensitive family information

The Back Page
What do genealogical research and book indexes have in common?