Friday, November 13, 2009

GenWeekly, Vol. VI, No. 46

It's Genealogy. It's Weekly. It's GenWeekly.

November 13, 2009
Elisabeth Lindsay, Editor

All articles are copyright (c) 2009 Genealogy Today, LLC.


This Week's Articles

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What Are the Confederate Amnesty Papers?
by Melissa Slate. Finding an ancestor among these papers may be met with mixed emotion.

Genealogy of Communities: Intentional Communities in the Next Century
by Judy Rosella Edwards. What communities will future census records reveal?

Recent News
The Genealogy Guide

In the interest of helping readers gain better insight into genealogical terms, Genealogy Today has created a Genealogy Guide. Each week, GenWeekly features a new term from the continually expanding Genealogy Guide.

The word "generation" has two meanings relevant to genealogy. Derived from the Greek "genea," generation refers to the act of producing offspring. It also refers to people living at the same time or of approximately the same age. When people living in a particular age beget children, they are, in effect, producing the next generation. When we speak of generations, we are refering to this line of descent, parent to child, one generation to another or one age to another. Generations are often defined by historical events, social conditions, or unique characteristics: the Baby Boomer generation is one example.

Researching the generations, ancestors and their descendants, is the work of genealogy. The standard pedigree chart displays four generations, although many pedigree charts have been created extending back dozens of generations. A multi-generation household refers to members of different generations residing together. Families fortunate enough to have two or three generations of living grandparents often take four-or even five-generation photos to celebrate the generations.

Archive Articles

For additional reading on the topics covered in this week's newsletter, you may wish to read the following articles from the GenWeekly archive:

Forgotten Records: Tapping the Power of Civil War Income Tax Records

Researching Women Ancestors During the American Civil War

Confederates in Brazil

Baseball and Genealogy: Linking Generations Together

How Healthy Is Your Family Tree?

Of Thanksgiving Origins and Your Family’s Health

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