Year: 2015

Inspiration

Late Night #GenealogyHappyDance

This video was inspired by a wonderful helper at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. I said if she made a certain discovery, I would video a genealogy happy dance. She found the discovery and told me to get the video camera ready! My son was a great sport in recording this video and my […]

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Editorial
Genealogy 201
LDS Topics

Find My Grandbabies

This year, the world was invited to The Global Family Reunion and celebrities posed with a New York Times writer with white paper signs that said, “I’m a Cousin.” Regardless of how anyone feels about this grand fiesta, an underlying current was there. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a fairly new […]

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Genealogy 101
Online Research

Writing Better Reason Statements about What You Know

The feedback to my post “Fill in the Box! Please” has been tremendous. Many experienced genealogists fully agree about the importance of the FamilySearch “Reason to Attach Source” box. Budding family historians say, “Sure, but will you teach me how to write a good reason statement?” Yes, I will do my best. Hopefully, This will […]

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Genealogy 101

5 Truly Essential Tools for Family History

Regularly and with exasperated sighs, someone will exclaim, “I just don’t know where to begin,” when it comes to family history. My quick answer is, “You begin with your heart.” That’s a great initial brief response but it doesn’t have enough practicality. As I have pondered the question and my quip, my mind explored other […]

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Genealogy 201
Tools

Newspapers Exposing Smith Family Mystery

If birth, marriage, and death records are the skeleton of family history, then newspapers are the flesh and muscles? I have been skeptical of newspaper research, as being something I could pursue right now given the lack of search capabilities. Additionally, I have yet to see the Columbus Dispatch and German newspapers from Columbus, Ohio […]

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Appearances

Going Festive at Texas State Conference

In the vendor hall at the Texas State Genealogy Conference. Found a fellow Halloween celebratee! On a rainy Friday, I left Houston and drove three hours to Austin, Texas. No, this Aggie wasn’t going apostate in Longhorn country. She was headed to the Texas State Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference, which was held under the […]

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Genealogy 201

Will Searching for Macks Help Me Find Joseph Geiszler?

Sometimes you need to work on collateral lines in order to crack through a brick wall.  I know very little about my 3rd Great Grandpa  Joseph Geißler who left his Baden homeland and settled in Franklin County, Ohio. Joseph settled onto property previously owned by Mr, Kinnard in the northeast corner of Prairie Township in Franklin […]

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Family Tree Conversation
Family History Consultant
LDS Topics

Find Me a Name

One fine day, you are happily working at a quaint family history library. Word has spread that you willingly help others when they timidly begin their search for ancestors. A middle-aged man confidently approaches you and catches your eye. Today, your presence in the library is to serve so you ask, “How may I help?” […]

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Genealogy 201
Online Research

Fill in the box! on FamilySearch

FamilySearch’s Family Tree is changing the way we do online family history but we have to play our part. Unlike other genealogy websites, if you find a birth, marriage, death, census, or military record on FamilySearch, you are presented with a box that says, “Reason to Attach Source.” Will you fill in the box!?! Please? […]

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Family History Consultant
Writing Family History

Get Their Feet Wet With Writing Memories

What a blessing I have had to teach a beginning family historian in a 5-week series run throughout this year. When individuals are guided well in the beginning, genealogy does not have to be a huge, insurmountable task. During this class series, I initially focus on the ‘why’ of family history. In a church setting, […]

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10 Online Resources eGuide