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Organizing Research
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YouTube

Planning for Genealogy Retirement – Video Recap

It seems hard to believe, but not everyone will be able to do genealogy until they take their last breath. It’s important that we start planning for our genealogy retirement and ask ourselves, what are we going to do with our research when we’re done or no longer able to be involved? The hardest part […]

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Memory Keeping
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Writing Family History

Give Your Photos, Stories

Let’s be brutal. Photos without stories are worthless. They are no better than the photos in picture frames you buy off the shelve with people you’ve never met and they probably didn’t know before the photo shoot. Here are six tips to give your photos value by recording the story the photographer captured. 1. BE […]

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Genealogy 101
Organizing Research
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RootsTech2018

The Most Important Thing To Do In Genealogy This Year

  Why is it that we overlook or ignore easy tasks? Is it because those easy tasks are too readily forgotten, despite how important they are? It’s easy to scan through your email inbox and quickly delete the unwanted material. Right? It seems simple enough and is a time-saving decluttering tip repeatedly shared in social […]

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Busy Lives
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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Busy Lives
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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Interviewing
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Writing Family History

3 Memory Trigger Exercises for Your Next Interview

Preparing to interview a family member can be super exciting. But for many interviewers, they are uncertain what they want to ask the interviewee. Meanwhile, many interviewees are nervous about what you’re going to ask them and whether they are going to remember. Here are three ways you can put your interview we at ease and […]

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Blog Party
Preserving

9 Ways I Preserve Family History for My Descendants

Family History is meaningful when we preserve the perishable and share our stories. There will always be time to find a new relative to add to the tree (and often it takes considerable effort to do so), but saving and preserving our family history is my top priority. Here are 9 tasks that I do […]

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Genealogy 101
Organizing Research
Preserving
YouTube

Give Your Photo Collection a Check Up

What is the number one task to do in genealogy? It’s not tracing your family tree back to Adam & Eve. It’s not proving your lineage to a Revolutionary War ancestor. It involves your photos and whether they’ll be tossed into to the trash. In 2012, my mother passed away. She lived in Texas and […]

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Preserving
Writing Family History
YouTube

What Kind of Interview Should You Conduct?

Interviewing relatives infuses genealogy with a wealth of stories and clues that are waiting to be harvested. However, not all interviews result in the type of information the interviewer had wanted when they coerced their relative into a painful audio recording ordeal. Okay, perhaps all the researcher had to do was ask but why did […]

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Personal History
Photo Friday
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Capturing the Crown

At RootsTech 2016, Thomas McEntee passed out blogger badges to hang from my nametag holder. I naturally gravitated toward the sparkles! The first one I saw was “Diva.” I offhandedly remarked that I would love one that said “Princess.” Thomas didn’t miss a beat and quickly pulled out a black strip with a sparkly “Princess” […]

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