Busy Lives

Busy Lives
Genealogy 201

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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Busy Lives
Genealogy 201
Software

What’s Your Genealogy Problem? Let RootsMagic Help You Find It

When we acquire large databases, I wonder how many times we are like the three monkeys Hear No Problem   See No Problem Speak No Problem But, far too many GEDCOM files (and our own databases) are rife with errors and if we ignore them, we’re like another animal. One with feathers, a long neck, […]

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Memory Keeping
Preserving

Spare 15-minutes to Digitize Your Family Treasures

What enables easy sharing of your genealogical research, ensures backup of your discoveries, prepares for an emergency, and simplifies inheritance?  If you guessed digitization, give yourself a pat on the back. In 2008, a massive flood that drowned parts of Cedar Rapids, Iowa impacted my friend. Before the waters submerged her neighborhood, she had time […]

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Preserving

Are You Overwhelmed Digitizing Your Family History?

Do you have trunks in attics full of document papers videos and audio cassette that you haven’t preserved into ditto format yet? Then now is the time to get the job done! But what if you don’t know how to do the digitization or the thought of a DIY project sends you screaming and headed […]

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A Few Task To Help Organize Your Genealogy
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Organizing Research

Get Your Genealogy Organized In Short Bursts

Are you tired of being disorganized when it comes to family files and genealogical records? There are a number of tasks that you can do to become more organized any time of the year, instead of always waiting for “spring cleaning.” The best tip is to be clutter. There is no point in organizing outdated, […]

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Interviewing
Organizing Research

What Tools Can Help Me Transcribe Audio Files?

Does your family have audio interviews? Ask anyone who doesn’t have a sound recording of their departed relative and they’ll tell you that such recordings are priceless. However, an audio recording can be lost in a heartbeat and are often not as useful as they could be without a transcription. With a transcription, you can […]

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Busy Lives
Organizing Research

Have You Updated Your Contacts?

Do you send annual Christmas cards? I know I am. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone who’ll have a panic attack, but Christmas will be here before you know it. So it’s time to update your mailing list. Christmas card sending often involves the older generation. It is a fading tradition that out most people don’t like. […]

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3 Methods for Organizing Your Genealogy
Busy Lives
Organizing Research

3 Methods for Organizing Your Genealogy

Do you have a house full of genealogical records that are completely unorganized? Did you inherit genealogy from someone else and don’t know what to do with it? Well, there are three methods of organizing your materials so that you can access what you need quickly in the future. Before I can explain the methodology, […]

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Busy Lives
Interviewing
Personal History

Quick Story Gathering Ideas to Enrich Your Genealogy

Did you think you don’t have enough time to do family history?  Maybe you don’t have enough time to push your pedigree all the way back to Adam and Eve (which by the way you can’t), but you do have time to gather stories from your living relatives. And honestly, you can’t afford to waste […]

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Busy Lives
Writing Family History

How to Critically Read a Family History Story

So you think your family history has all been done and you have a family history book on your shelf to prove it. When was the last time you read that family history book? Was it easy to follow and did you understand everything within? My grandmother is an adopted daughter of parents whose ancestral […]

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