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Learning Secretary Hand

Secretary Hand was used in British documents from around 1500-1700. It is a flowing handwriting that allowed scribes to quickly copy documents and it was used mainly for this purpose. You’ll need Secretary Hand for all kinds of documents from this era of British history such as legal records and especially wills that are crucial to tracing your family history. Secretary Hand also filtered through to other documents of the time, such as letters and Parish Registers, so […]

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An Introduction to Thai Genealogy

Nearly one year ago, back in August of 2020, I wrote an extensive blog post about Vietnamese genealogy research. And I would say it’s one of my best blog posts I’ve written so far. The main reason I covered Vietnamese research is because I am half Vietnamese, so I know a lot about researching over […]

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Tuesday Tips #23 Heritage Vs. Culture

We use these words a lot. But I feel like we use them interchangeably thus merging their meaning when we hear them and sometimes use them as synonyms for one another.   In reality these words have a nuanced adjacent relationship to one another.  Although they are both vocabulary used around the discussion of genealogy and […]

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My Name and me

Whether you love or loathe it, there’s a lot in a name. Centuries of trials and tribulations cumulate in a set of circumstances that gives you YOUR name. It is your name and you should wear it with pride. Take mine, for example, George Mason Hall, what is the meaning behind it? George The name […]

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Tuesday Tips #22

Hello! Today’s Tuesday Tip is from our blog writer, Tyler, and is about writing dates/information on the backs of photographics. It goes without saying, it can be somewhat annoying and frustrating to discover an old photo in a family album yet to have no clue who the person in the photo is or when it […]

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My Ancestry: Mom’s Side

As of about a year ago I thought my family history story started with my great grandparents on my mom’s side.  Because that was all I was ever told and that’s all my family knew.  But recently through my own research and research done by an older cousin, I have been able to go back […]

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Tuesday Tips #21

Hi, I’m Sophie and this is my first post for The Hidden Branch. Today’s Tuesday Tips is about how to make the most of your DNA after you’ve tested. Many people are driven to do DNA testing through the desire to find out more about their ethnicity estimate. The type of testing done by companies […]

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Discussing Family Secrets with Children

Your child is beginning to learn their family history. There are some parts of family history that are not easy to talk about.  But it is important to share to prevent generational trauma and ending the cycle.  Here are some ways to navigate those conversations.  Family history can be filled with some important yet traumatic […]

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Tuesday Tips #20

Have you ever had trouble finding an ancestor becouse of their surname? I have! Here’s a few tips for how to find your ancestors Use * or ? when searching for letters that could be easily misread or swapped. When I search for the Lastname Pyska I will search for ysk because the first P […]

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Cáit Fraher: A Hidden Figure

One thing I don’t really do very often is actually tell the story of my ancestors. But this one I found quite interesting was the story of my great grandmother. (NOTE: Cáit is the Irish for Kate which is a version of Catherine) So let’s start as the very beginning (as Julie Andrews said “a […]