Genealogical researcher, Karen Zach, has been doing genealogy for more than 50 years and as administrator of the Indiana Genealogy Facebook Page she notes that Facebook is a fairly new tool but offers “a whole new aspect of the genealogical world.”

Read more of her observations at Also be sure to click on some of the links listed on the left side of the page under “Explore,” such as a Road Block Checklist.

Mormons building family tree of all humans

Christine Kenneally has posted an article about a mind-boggling project at “The Mormon Church is Building a Family Tree of the Entire Human Race.” This venture is based on the LDS philosophy which strengthens “you as a human when you know who you came from and where your roots are.”

This article provides details which can lead to a better understanding of the goals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon).

Website’s collections lost

Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter recently reported on a Wisconsin company that stored people’s CDs but is no longer available online. Read this heartbreaking story at and be warned about having records stored at only one place. “Never store them in just one location.”

Genealogist recommends 1920 U.S. Census

Randy Seaver’s recent genealogy tip at praises the US Census as a genealogical resource, especially the census taken in 1920. Anyone who has not searched for ancestors in this 1920 database should read his comments and begin searching!

The answers to the dozens of enumerators’ questions are sure to be helpful. Also it should be noted that “the 1920 census includes schedules for overseas military and naval forces.” offers a free search. defines cemetery angels

“Some of the most touching graveside monuments are cemetery angels.” Since these angels appear in many forms, has posted an interesting article that suggests meanings for the variety of these symbols on monuments at

Do any of your ancestors have an angel on his/her tombstone? Perhaps you need to take another look and possibly gain a new understanding.

Genealogists can make mistakes

Paul Chiddicks has posted a “reminder” article for, “The Ten Top Sins of a Genealogist,” at For example, “Assuming everything online is correct” is on the top of that list. We all need to be reminded of some dos and don’ts. Why not check his list from time to time.

Don’t share child’s DNA

A New York Times article written by Nita Bala at warns that “By uploading their children’s genetic information on public websites, parents are forever exposing their personal health data. …The job of parents is to protect and nurture their children to the best of their ability. This should mean protecting the privacy of their DNA as well.”

Bala, a former teacher and juvenile justice attorney, is an attorney who works on criminal justice policy and civil liberties. All parents should heed her advice and not have their children’s DNA tested.

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing

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