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Why You Should Dig Up Your Family's History - and How to Do It

• arclein

This is why I've enjoyed learning about my family through good old-fashioned genealogy research. Scrolling through pages of old newspapers or deciphering handwriting on a census is how I found out I'm descended, on my white side, both from Union and Confederate soldiers, from slave-owners and abolitionists, and possibly from witches (I'm still trying to verify that one). And it was in doing this I learned that, on my Indian side, Yeats wrote a very patronizing poem inspired by my third great-uncle.

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