Genealogy 201

How to research when your genealogy training wheels have come off.

Citations Overdone
Genealogy 201
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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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Research Over My Shoulder
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A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating a Find A Grave Profile

Traveling to a cemetery can be prohibitive for many people, which is why sites like Find-A-Grave provide an invaluable service.  However, despite the information you will find on such memorial sites, you need to be careful what you accept as fact and what is simply a clue Find A Grave Memorial Pages provide many details […]

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DNA
Genealogy 201

Creating a Surname Table With Tree Collapse

SYNTHPOPALOOZA asked in our post Our Surname Tables for DNA Research What do you do in the case of first cousins marrying each other? This happens three times in my tree, and in one case (my father’s father’s line) both my 2nd great-grandparents have the same last name, Hurst. They share the same grandparents. How do […]

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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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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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Gravestone photos

When Do You Post a Second Photo on Find A Grave?

Many people have varying degrees of photography skills. Some are point and shoot photographers. Others are very skilled. In the age when we’re able to take photos of gravestones, the question arises, when should we post a second photo on a Find A Grave profile (or other websites)? When I go to a cemetery I […]

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DNA
Genealogy 201

Playing with MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

In February, MyHeritage DNA released its long-awaited chromosome browser. Woot-woot. Shout praises. Celebrate however you will. This tool is a game changer for me and I’m enjoying reviewing my results in a user friendly tool. Check this out. I manage kits for myself, my brother, and my two aunts. This allows me to link their […]

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Will You Have Better Luck in the New Jersey Probate Files?

    I’m on a mission to attempt to establish through a paper trail and indirect evidence who the father of John Townley was. I recently decided to jump into searching Wills and Probates. Ancestry and FamilySearch have made accessing these collections so much easier, but I didn’t have the best luck.  Ancestry.com made finding […]

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DNA
Genealogy 201

Our Surname Tables for DNA Research

Researching your family tree using DNA can be complicated when you haven’t created a surname table as a cheat sheet for referencing your data. Andy talks about these regularly in beginner DNA classes but I hadn’t created one until today! And you’re about to see my jealousy rear its beastly head. Before we begin, take […]

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Busy Lives
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15-Minute Genealogy Tasks for the Busy Seasons

It’s that time of year when people are B–U-S-Y. It’s also the time of year when you’re trying to make good on old resolutions or plan for new ones. Below I’m sharing a list of tasks you can do in 15 minutes or less that will have you finding time for genealogy during your hectic […]

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