Author Archives: J. Joseph Harland, Ph.D., CG

How do I Choose a Genealogy Program?

In early December Ancestry.com stunned the users of Family Tree Maker (FTM) with an announcement that they would discontinue the sale of FTM on December 31, 2015.  They further stated that they would only support FTM compatibility with patrons’ online … Continue reading

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Deciphering the SSN

In a recent post about Ancestry.com’s U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 database it was mentioned that the gentleman in the example had previously had an account starting with a 700 number. This was significant as the low 700 … Continue reading

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Ancestry and the SS-5

You may have noticed that Ancestry.com is now providing data from the Social Security Administration in addition to the Social Security Death Index that we all know and love. Continue reading

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