Genealogy 101

Beginning genealogy tips to get you started climbing your family tree quickly.

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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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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Genealogy 101
YouTube

15 Genealogy Research Tips Watch & Learn

To jump-start, kick-start, or restart your genealogy research journey, we’ve compiled a list of 15 videos full of tips to keep you climbing your family tree and having a lot of fun along the way. Be prepared to binge watch with your favorite beverage or snack! Click on the videos to play them in this […]

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Family History Consultant
Genealogy 101
YouTube

Ten Genealogy Videos to Binge Watch from Family History Fanatics

From mistakes to record sets, from FamilySearch Family Tree management to organization, here are ten videos that can help you in your genealogical research. They are the best videos on the Family History Fanatics channel from 2018. To watch a video, click on the image to play from this browser. Or click on the link […]

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Genealogy 101
Online Research

How to remove a child from the wrong set of parents on FamilySearch

Have you ever come across an individual on FamilySearch and thought, “they don’t belong in this family” and then wondered what you should about it? I’m going to share my thoughts not only on the hows of breaking relationships but also the cautions and the encouragement. What do you do when you think a potential […]

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Genealogy 101
Research Over My Shoulder
YouTube

Searching for Winfield’s Parents Prior to His Marriage

  In genealogy, you want to work your way from what is known to what is unknown. In many cases, you will discover an ancestor is a spouse and had children before you find records for when they are children in their parent’s home. The reason is you’ll need the clues records created during from […]

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Genealogy 101
Research Over My Shoulder
YouTube

A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating a Death Record

Our ancestors have died, and if we’re lucky they have left records of their death. Those records can provide clues for our genealogy questions. One principle in genealogy is that a record is more reliable when it is an original document created at the time of the event by individuals who witnessed said event. Errors can […]

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Genealogy 101
Research Over My Shoulder
YouTube

How to Search For the Name Behind An Ancestor’s Initial

Did you find an ancestor who appears in multiple records with an initial? Is it possible to determine what the initial standards for? In a previous post, I shared how I began mapping out the problem of, “Who are G. Winfield Underwood’s parents?” I ran into the question of what does G initial stands for? If […]

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