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New Course: Vital Events 101: The What, Why, and How

Jan 26, 2021

 [This article is by Diana Crisman Smith for Research Write Connect]

There is DEFINITELY more to vital events than dates! When I first started in genealogy (more than 50 years ago), I received a document with the names, relationships, and dates of birth and death for the descendants of my 2nd great-grandparents on my paternal grandfather’s paternal side. I also had the opportunity to interview my paternal grandfather’s mother to get the same information on her descendants. WOW! What a start. Then I obtained similar information from my maternal grandparents on their parents’ families. By the time I was 12 I had the descendants of ALL my genetic and “bonus” great-grandparents.

However, there was not a single place included in the documents I was given and NO sources. The interviews were primarily names and relationships, with a few dates or places, but it was a starting place. All these years later, I’m still trying to prove a few of...

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