Larry Naukam

Larry Naukam

About Larry Naukam

Larry Naukam holds degrees in Geography, Library Science, and Divinity. He has written for genealogical publications for 30 years. He is very interested in the intersection of computers and genealogy research

Do you feel lucky?

There was a movie back in the early 1970s titled Dirty Harry, where Clint Eastwood allegedly says ‘Do you feel lucky?’ when he makes his final approach to an injured criminal. Well, actually the line is ‘You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya?’ Which might be a good question to ask yourself the […]

How my High School French teacher Helped me to Understand Digitizing and Preserving

Way back in the last millennium (I’ll only be able to use that lame joke a few more years before it too gets old and has to be retired), I took high school French. My teacher was a very good one, and had even studied in Paris at the Sorbonne. I mention all this to set up the phrase that […]


Or just another term for data smog. Recently I had the pleasure of attending a regional genealogical conference near me, and some national level speakers were there. I enjoyed hearing them, as they are very well informed and up to date on many trends. Yet the last speaker left me with some questions in my mind. He was D. Joshua […]

Who Needs This Junk? Ephemera as Family History Evidence 1

Looked at the census, check. Got on a major commercial or non-commercial site, check. I think my research is done at last. I do not think so. We look first for the standard genealogical information of births, marriages and deaths to determine biological descent (we are leaving out adoptions that would be another whole column). But there is far […]

Deed I do! 2

We genealogists are accustomed to using the same sources for information about our families: censuses, newspapers, and the like. But there are also various kinds of records kept in various places that could give us more information on the families, their locations, when they lived in a certain place etc. Of course, I am talking about deeds. If your ancestors […]

Vital Information 1

I really like the poem, written by Linda Ellis, called The Dash. It says that what’s important in our lives is the time between our start date and our expiration date. That’s so true. But on the other hand, we genealogists need to know when to start looking for someone and when we can legitimately stop finding things about them […]