What’s in a Middle Name?

All genealogists know the value of a person’s last name and how important a first name is in finding out who is who in your family tree. But what about a middle name? There is great value in the middle name and they can be an important tool in your genealogy search. So, what’s in a middle name? How…

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Heraldry: The Coat of Arms

heraldry coat of arms

Coats of Arms have been around for centuries and are very interesting and sometimes elaborate pieces of artwork that represent the individuality of many things. A coat of arms is a heraldic visual design, logo or emblem on a shield that celebrates the name and honor of a person, family or country. They come with a sense of wealth, royalty, prestige and…

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What Are Double Cousins?

In working on a family tree, you may have seen cousins that aren’t just simply first cousins (children of siblings who marry unrelated people), they may be what is called “double cousins”. How Does This Happen? Double cousins are when two siblings of one family have children with two siblings of another family (brother/brother, sister/sister or brother/sister, sister/brother). The children are related to…

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Family Health is Important

Your health is one of the most important assets that you can own. However, it’s not only important to you, it’s also important to your family. Do you know what health risks run in your family? What do you and your family do to stay healthy? Let’s review some aspects of our lives that affect the health of us…

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