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Ancestors

An ancestor is someone from whom another person is descended. Two people have a genetic relationship if one is the ancestor of the other or if they share a common ancestor on their family tree. Establishing a connection to your genealogy is one...

Death Records

A death record is an official report that lists important information, such as the time, date and cause of death, about an individual. This record also includes the person's date of birth, marital status and occupation. This document is signed by a...

Family Tree Search: Finding Your History

Starting a family tree can be a rewarding experience for you and your family, but where do you begin? The first step is to gather all possible information about your family from your relatives, including names, relationships, birth dates, death...

We All Want the Same Baby Name!

There's only one name in our family that is considered ideal -- by every single person of child-bearing age. It's a family name that has become quite popular and trendy without being annoyingly common. Is it weird to have multiple cousins sharing a...

When Your Favorite Name is "Taken"

I love my grandmother's middle name, but it is my cousin's first name (we are not very close). Dare I use it for my own daughter? If I were to use it, would my family think I was stealing the name from my cousin, or would they assume it was in her...

Dad's Favorite Name Doesn't Thrill Mom

My husband and I are expecting our 3rd child, and he wants to use his great-grandmother's name, Cora. When he first suggested it, I liked it, but now I'm having doubts. We've discussed other names, but I don't feel strongly about any of them, and...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I...

Being Thankful for My Kids' Grandparents

The holidays aren't my favorite time of year. Four years ago, Thanksgiving was the very first holiday after my 54-year-old father passed away from colon cancer in August 2004. It was a difficult day to say the least -- I was eight months pregnant...

Sick of the staycation?

Chances are, if you weren't saving money hiding under a rock this summer you heard, perhaps one time too many, about the values and virtues of the 'staycation.' A staycation is exactly what it sounds like--a 'vacation' where you and your family...

PD*Poll: Would you be friends with your parents?

Sure, you may be friends with your parents. You may also SAY to people that you are friends with your parents. But, really, when you think about who your mom and dad are (granted they are still with us), as people and not as your parents, do you...

Uncomfortable holiday getting

I know the holidays are about giving and not getting. I know that when you give a present, you shouldn't do it with the expectation that you're going to get something back. But honestly, tell me: do you not feel mildly frantic, frizzy, and wildly...

Do you hate the holidays?

Well, perhaps HATE is too strong a word. How about "severely dislike?" How about "diametrically opposed to?" How about...just sick of them...already??? About three weeks ago I was walking back to work after running an errand at lunch and I...

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