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Genealogy: What does 'third cousin, once removed' mean anyway? 
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Genealogy: Update on Phill 
GeneralPatricia writes "Hi everyone!

Anyway, Uncle Phill got back to Michigan safely around 1:30pm eastern time today. He immediately went to the hospital, accompanied by his son "Little" Phill, but they didn't admit him. The doctor said that his back was too swollen to do anything right now, so they sent him home where he is now under the care of his wife, Aunt Sharon. He was told to stay off his feet in hopes that the swelling will go down. Soon, he will be undergoing his much-needed(and put off) back surgery to repair the vertebrae in his lower back. Uncle Phill will be in contact with his doctors tomorrow, and I will let you know what happens when I find out.

Oh, and thank you so much to Andrith and the rest of her Colorado Crew for an absolutely wonderful reunion!!

Much love, Patricia Rose

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Genealogy: Getting Organized 
Getting organized and knowing the proper way to address government agencies and organizations can help you get quicker, more effective results. Family Tree Magazine has created forms that can help you access and organize your family history information. All their research forms are available in two formats: text and portable document format (PDF). The text versions give you the basic form structure in files you can open in your word-processing software. You can print, edit or even type your information right in the file. The PDF versions are read-only files with snazzier designs—they're suitable for displaying or sharing your research with others.
Five-Generation Ancestor Chart: A standard five-generation pedigree chart. PDF | Text
Research Calendar: A classic research organizer. Use a research calendar to keep track of the materials you've searched. PDF | Text
Note-Taking Form: Designed for filing your notes by surname and record type.
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Note-Taking Form: Designed for filing your notes by couple or family group. PDF | Text
Deed Index Grantees: Transcribe basic information from town or county deed indexes. PDF | Text
Deed Index Grantors: Transcribe basic information from town or county deed indexes. PDF | Text
Research Repository Checklist: Record details about an archive or library you plan to visit a great tool to help plan research trips. PDF | Text
Research Journal: List sources you've checked or plan to check. PDF | Text
Research Worksheet: Ideal for research on long-lost relatives or 20th-century ancestors. PDF | Text
Table of Contents: List the documents in a file folder so you can find them quickly. PDF | Text

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Genealogy: 7 things you'll find in a cemetery--aside from the obvious 
GeneralArrivals and departures.
Check tombstones for dates and locations of birth and death.

Married names and maiden names.
Look right and left--the tombstone next door may belong to a sibling whose surmane is the same as the one you're seeking.

A mom's mom.
Play hide-and-seek with a grandma who remarried and you may discover that, while the husband changed, Grandma still stuck close-by.

Life stories and death's tale.
Decipher tombstone inscriptions and images and you'll luck into a custom-carved life story.

People who loved a love one.
Welcome the neighborhood--weather it's a small family cemetery or a large, public one, odds are good that other people buried nearby had more then just plot location in common with your ancestor.

Undiscovered relatives.
Meet the in-laws, second-cousins, half-sisters, and step-brothers--both your ancestor's and possibly even your own.

Micro-history you can touch, understand, and feel.
Learn the history of just one person. Remember, under every tombstone lies a story just waiting to be told.

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Family History
``The so-called `Black Dutch' have long been an enigma in American genealogy. Their descendants are widely reported, yet no authoritative definition exists for this intriguing term,'' James Pylant says in an article titled ``In Search of the Black Dutch,'' which appears in American Genealogy Magazine (Volume 12, No. 1).

Many readers of this periodical responded to a survey about their ``Black Dutch'' ancestry as did several professional genealogists. The results were interesting but inconclusive. According to Pylant:

· There are strong indications that the original ``Black Dutch'' were swarthy-complexioned Germans.

· Anglo-Americans loosely applied the term to any dark-complexioned American of European descent.

· The term was adopted as an attempt to disguise Indian or infrequently, triracial descent.

· By the mid-1800s the term had become an American colloquialism; a derogative term for anything denoting one's small stature, dark coloring, working-class status, politics, or anyone of foreign extraction.

Gordon McCann, an Ozarks folklorist, speculates that ``Black Dutch'' might be a derogatory _expression_ labeling German Union troops in the Civil War. Raymond G. Matthews, a consultant at the Family History Library, says ``it is doubtful that the Black Dutch were of Jewish or (Holland) Dutch heritage (one popular theory),'' and Dr. Arlene H. Eakle of the Genealogical Institute in Salt Lake City stated there was ``absolutely no Jewish culture tie-in'' found during an in-depth genealogical study of one line that family members claimed was ``Black Dutch.''

Another fanciful and widely circulated explanation about the ``Black Dutch'' is that they were Netherlanders of dark complexion who were descendants of the Spanish who occupied The Netherlands in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and intermarried with the blond natives. However, the Dutch government's Central Bureau for Genealogy, established as a state archive and genealogical organization, is unable to offer an explanation for the term.

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