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Are We Cousins? How to determine your degree of cousinship with a DNA Match

There are tons of relationship charts floating around the web and they each serve a useful purpose...         but ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, has a simple formula for understanding and naming your fundamental relationship to another person.   This isn't intended for direct line relationships, Parent-Child, Grandparent-Grandchild or even some collateral line relationships such as Aunt-Niece, Uncle-Great Nephew, etc. It works, but those relationships are already nicely named.* This formula is for all types of collateral line cousins; DNA matches you don't quite know how to name.   You may need to draw a family tree to diagram your relationship with another person. With that in hand, the ISOGG Wiki formula will tell you your degree of cousinship.   A family tree diagram showing my relationship to a recent DNA match. We're both related to my great-great-grandfather. He's my great-grandmother's sister's s…
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Last Two Days to Sign up for Lifetime Access to the Save Your Photos Summit

If you haven't yet signed up for the September Special, Save Your Photos Summit, from SaveYourPhotos.org, DO IT NOW! Select Join the Summit.   "Registration is open until September 30th. When Save Your Photos Month is over, we'll close registration. Once you've signed up, you'll have lifetime access to the content!"     If you like FREE handouts, webinars, and printables, you have two more days to sign up!!! It's the second Saturday in fall and you're probably not interested in Organizing and Protecting Your Old Photos, an E-book on Digital Backup Basics, a printable Digital Photo Organizing Checkbook, etc TODAY. Me neither. I'm going out to prune shrubs, harvest the garden, and visit family. But take 5 minutes and sign up for this free Summit so you'll have unlimited, lifetime access to these great tools. I went to a contributor's website to find a link I could share for a great handout included in this Summit and even on her personal websit…
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French Parish Registers Online

French Parish Registers (FR: Registres paroissiaux) are church records of births, marriages, and burials in France and many of these French Parish Registers are now available for free, online.   Parish records predate government or civil records of births, marriages, and deaths and are often the only available record of these events.   In 1792, after the French Revolution, when the law prescribed that civil records of births, marriages, and deaths be kept and banned priests from keeping these records (between 20 September 1792 and 8 April 1802), some priests continued to secretly record baptisms, marriages, and burials and many of these registers have been preserved. These registers can provide valuable information - and open new avenues for research in case of blockages - with the mention of godparents, witnesses of religious marriage, burial. *   Parishes were the basic unit of church organization and also functioned in later years as a level of gove…
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