Month: August 2018

Writing Family History

Over 60 Words to Describe Your Ancestor’s Hair

  In previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of writing about your ancestor’s physical appearance and how to find details about their physique, if you don’t have photos to aid your writing. Today, let’s give you a quick list of adjectives that can help you describe your ancestor’s hair color and style if perhaps you […]

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Genealogy 201
Writing Family History

Where to Find Physical Descriptions of Your Ancestor

Descriptions of our ancestor’s physical appearance can help us see them in our mind’s eye. But how can we discover what they looked like if we don’t have videos or photos to provide evidence? Discover some of the best resources for physical descriptions. Then use these clues to improve your family history writing projects as […]

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Genealogy 201
Research Over My Shoulder
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Are You Mapping Out Your Research Problems?

Do you ever come across a research problem that makes your head spin? That’s what happened with one of our viewers, and we’ll take you on the journey to puzzle it out. When a friend started climbing her family tree, she ran into problems with Winfield Underwood. She reviewed all of the previous research others […]

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Writing Family History

How To Describe Your Ancestor’s Physical Appearance

Fiction novels are compelling not because of the world building, but instead, they have engaging, fully-fleshed out characters. In short, good stories are about people. So why is it that family histories are usually about facts rather than the people behind the facts? What’s more, how can we change that? One quick trick is to […]

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Genealogy 101
Research Over My Shoulder
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Which Easy Records Am I Missing in My Research?

Whether you are trying to solve a complex research question or discovering a new ancestor for the first time, you need to be sure to find as many records that document your ancestor as possible. But what sources are you overlooking or missing? In this case study, I am investigating Winfield Underwood, born in 1857 […]

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10 Online Resources eGuide