Year: 2019

Photo of Robert and Helen Geiszler in 1958
Photo Friday

Photo Friday: 1958 Family Photo

I love this family photo of my father, Robert Paul Geiszler, Jr and his parents in 1958. Having never seen this photo, I love seeing the cheesy smile of my father who was about nine years old. Grandma Helen is stylish as ever. This is another new-to-me photo that was sent to me by my […]

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5 Quick Tips to Find Things Online
Genealogy 101
Online Research

5 Quick Tips For Finding Records Hiding in Online Collections

Are you struggling to find records on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, FindMyPast or Ancestry for your ancestor? Here are a few things you can do to attempt to force your ancestor to bubble up to the surface while using online search forms. Expand or contract date ranges Sometimes you need to add +5 or +10 to either […]

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Power of Visualization
Genealogy 101
Organizing Research
Tools

Power of Visualization to Achieve Your Genealogy Goals

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where. The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland This is probably […]

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Genealogy 101

Beginning Family Historians Be Warned

No matter when you begin seeking out your family legacy, you have to be warned about what lies ahead. Sure there will be dead ends, tangents, and records you can’t access. Sure you’ll run into family members who don’t play nicely in the sandbox. Yet, those aren’t the biggest cautions I would put forth as […]

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1940s Photo of George and Helen Geiszler
Photo Friday

Photo Friday: Grandpa and Grandma Geiszler

George Geiszler and Helen Zumstein married on 9 June 1945 in Covington County, Kentucky, United States. They were from Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio prior to their marriage and lived in Columbus for the rest of their life. Yes, they eloped! This is another version of a photo taken after their elopement but was included in […]

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How to Take a DNA test
DNA
YouTube

How to Take a DNA Test, and Are They Scams?

Have you wanted to take a DNA test? Are you worried the tests are a scam? If the same person tests at with the same company and two different times with two different names, will their results be the same? I love the comments and the questions we receive on our YouTube channel, through social […]

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Family History Should Be Fun
Editorial
Fun with Family History
Genealogy 101

Family History Isn’t Fun, Or You’re Doing It Wrong

Why on earth would people do family history if it wasn’t fun? For years I have fought with folks who take the fun out of genealogy. Finally, I want to push back online. If family history isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. Family History is a huge tent of activities that work together to support […]

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Citations Overdone
Genealogy 201
YouTube

Are genealogy citations overdone?

YouTube viewer deck-o cards asked: I’m curious to know what you think about sourcing & citations, etc. I’ve watched the Ancestry.com videos by Crista Cowan and, in my opinion, I think that there is too much redundancy. For instance, all the documentation that she does–which is fine, if you enjoy that and want to do it. […]

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Unboxing the Past
Fun with Family History
Photo Friday
YouTube

Unboxing the Past

On 18 May 2018, I opened a box that I received from my father’s cousin. This box had resided in her mother’s home for nearly 20 years and too many years in her own garage. Garage! Yikes. Why would the photos be in the garage of my dad’s aunt and cousin when he was an […]

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Editorial

How to Compensate a Speaker More at a Genealogy Conference

Having staffed our own booths at three difference conferences,&nbsp conference planners are overlooking a way to potentially compensate genealogy speakers, who happen to be authors,  more without significantly dipping into the conference’s limited budget. I must diverge to whether a booth is beneficial to an author first and then return to the one overlooked option […]

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