Month: January 2017

Writing Family History

How do you write about In-Laws Antics?

Family historians can really dig up a lot of interesting items. Newspapers find many of them. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or shake my head and my distant uncle and his chase through the creek with his brother-in-law over a woman. But the real question is how should we record this tale when […]

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Family History Consultant
Online Research

New Look for FamilySearch Change Update Emails

On FamilySearch.org you can sign up to watch your ancestors and the changes that take place to them. This is a crucial feature for your direct line ancestors so you can keep up with the collaborative nature of FamilySearch. As part of the watch feature, you receive weekly emails about the changes to your family […]

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Genealogy 201

4 Things I Learned About Loyalists on #GenChat

The American Revolution is a one-sided conversation when you grow up in the United States of America. Yep. The Redcoats are bad and the folks who supported them are traitors. You wait for the “Whites of Their Eyes” and then eventually you have a new country separate from the King of England. But, there’s another […]

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Appearances
RootsTech2017

Class Selections for RootsTech 2017

RootsTech is fast approaching.  Now that you can access the class options via the website or the mobile app, it’s time to seriously review the class schedule and make some decisions. If you’re like me, you’re traveling a long way and/or sacrificing time and money to attend. Planning your class schedule ahead is crucial for […]

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Where to research after you find a gravestone profile. #genealogy #gravestones #methodology
Genealogy 201

When Gravestone Websites Aren’t Enough

With FindAGrave and Billion Graves providing such an invaluable service, we sometimes forget that these gravestone websites aren’t always enough in our research into the death of our loved ones. We need to pay attention to the arrangement of the family plot than can truly be shown on these websites. I was surprised that my […]

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RootsTech2017

5 Tips to Survive RootsTech 2017

The RootsTech Conference held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah is considered the Super Bowl of Genealogy. With 200+ Break Out Sessions, an Expo Hall packed with genealogy and technology companies, and over 20,000 of your fellow family history loving friends, RootsTech is a place to learn new skills and feel inspired to help your […]

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Brick Wall Busting is not for Beginners
Genealogy 101
Genealogy 201

Brick Wall Busting is Not for Beginners

Brick Wall Busting is not an easy task. It should be something that beginners do not set out to do on their first attempt in genealogy sleuthing. It’s critical that you learn how to research with basic records that are readily available and the foundation of solid research before attempting to bust down the barriers. […]

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Start Simple in Genealogy Research
Genealogy 101
YouTube

Starting Simply in Genealogy

Are you ready to begin finding your ancestors? Great! Welcome to the club. But I have a feeling that your new journey will stop short if you bite off more than you can chew. Each New Year, people make resolutions to change their ways and get fit. They’ll purchase a gym membership and a new […]

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Photograph Books at an Archive
Genealogy 201

How to Copy a Book in an Archive

When you visit libraries and archives, you often face a dilemma when you discover information about your ancestors. How do you make a copy of the books you find from the shelves. Many libraries won’t let you bring a scanner or even use a copy machine. Some will let you photograph a book, only if […]

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Genealogy 101
Organizing Research
Preserving
YouTube

Organize and Label Your Photo Collection

What is the number one task to do in genealogy? It’s not tracing your family tree back to Adam & Eve. It’s not proving your lineage to a Revolutionary War ancestor. It involves your photos and whether they’ll be tossed into the trash. In 2012, my mother passed away. She lived in Texas and I […]

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