Rootsweb: where my search began

Rootsweb is where it all started for me, and I’ve been saddened to read about recent technical problems and loss of data. I vividly remember the Saturday morning in March, 2008, when I queried Rootsweb after looking through old photographs that had belonged to my paternal grandmother.

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Cousin Bait

“Cousin bait” is how genealogists define the practice of luring (distant/unknown) cousins who can share and collaborate about their family trees.

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Who was Mercy Stahl?

Almost everyone has experienced the aggravation of seeing incorrect information posted in someone else’s family tree. The so-called ‘fact’ seems to spread like a virus as it’s copied to more trees without critical review.

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Sixty-Five Years Later

My paternal grandmother, Retta Stahl Henrichsen, was nearly 76 years old when I was born. She died shortly after my ninth birthday. Her final years were shrouded in dementia so I never really knew her.

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