Lost Relatives and Ancestors: A Beginnerís Guide

Written by Tom LeBaron


Lost Relatives and Ancestors: A Beginnerís Guide

ďCollecting Dead Relatives and Sometimes a Live CousinĒ and ďMy Family Tree is Lost inrepparttar ForestĒ are just some ofrepparttar 148532 catchy slogans found printed onrepparttar 148533 shirts of genealogy enthusiasts. These avid researchers are looking to fillrepparttar 148534 holes in their family trees. Itís work that most have been at for decades.

My wife and I wanted to get started finding our lost relatives, but we didnít know where to begin. She had a binder full of information that one of her relatives had put together, but other than that, we wererepparttar 148535 ones who were lost.

We started by going torepparttar 148536 Genealogy library at Brigham Young Universityís Harold B. Lee Library, but you can also do this online.

The first step to finding your lost relatives is to download allrepparttar 148537 information that has already been compiled. We did this by usingrepparttar 148538 Ancestral File database that is indexed atrepparttar 148539 worldís largest genealogy library, The Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. We remotely accessedrepparttar 148540 database and first found my wifeís records. We saw on her pedigree chart that some relatives had already compiled information on her motherís line, but her fatherís line was empty. After downloading my wifeís pedigree chart onto a GEDCOM file, we did some research on her fatherís line. The family history consultant told us that itís possible that there has been work done on her fatherís line, but it just hasnít been connected to my wifeís file.

The Free Ride In Public Schools

Written by Joel Turtel


To protect childrenís self-esteem or deflect complaints by parents, many public schools today automatically advance failing students torepparttar next grade level. In other schools, some students are left back a maximum of one year, then promoted again regardless of their academic skills.

The No Child Left Behind Act tries to solve this problem. The federal government is pressuring public schools to set minimum standards that each student must pass before advancing torepparttar 148478 next grade.

However, in spite of these new laws, many states still have semi-automatic advancement based onrepparttar 148479 studentís overall per-formance. Many schools consider a studentís "portfolio" of work, attendance record, or other mitigating factors. Based on these factors,repparttar 148480 school may advance students torepparttar 148481 next grade, even though they do poorly on their tests or read at a previous grade level.

For example, a dedicated California 7th-grade math teacher wrote to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio talk-show host, about this problem. She said that about 30 percent of her students did not do their daily homework assignments, but she could do nothing about this. That is becauserepparttar 148482 California Education code forbids teachers from "punishing" students for failing to do their homework.

She also said that students are "not retained" if they fail one class or fail all their classes. "Not retained" is a polite way of saying not left back.

Students may not want to do their homework because it bores them to death, but these kids are smart anyhow. Why should they bother doing homework or studying hard if they advance torepparttar 148483 next grade no matter how bad they do in class? That would be dumb, and these kids are not dumb.

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