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How to Set up a File for Family History Writing
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Writing Family History

How to Set Up A File to Write About Your Ancestors

Writing makes you a better researcher in genealogy, but how can you set yourself up for success? If you set up your files in such a way you’re ready to write as you make new discoveries about your ancestor, you will be better prepared to not only write but also have your content nearly formatted […]

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5 Reasons I Love RootsMagic

  RootsMagic is a desktop software program that helps you organize your family tree. I have used the program since the announcement that Personal Ancestral File would no longer be supported by product developers. RootsMagic has been a useful tool for my genealogical research, and I have five reasons why: Keep Track of Living I […]

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Genealogy 201
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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, and […]

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Which Names Do You Use on Your Family Tree
Genealogy 101
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My Ancestor Has Multiple Names. Which Name Do I Use?

Do you ever cringe when someone gets your name wrong? My husband doesn’t because his name is pretty hard to mess up- Andrew and Andy. For me, my mother gave me a name that people rarely say right at first glance- Devon. There’s one way that when pronounced I hear nails scratching down the chalkboard […]

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Genealogy 201
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Finding Cousins With RootsMagic

I have used RootsMagic for many years, and it just keeps getting better. The program is making finding cousins a bit easier for me as well. Many programs are trying to help people who want to find more than their direct lines ancestors (i.e., Puzilla). These are great tools, but RootsMagic takes the cake in […]

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Organize With RootsMagic
Organizing Research
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Writing Family History

Organize for a Writing Project Through RootsMagic

If you want to write a family history book, you should find a system that simplifies how you organize your writing project. RootsMagic simplifies the organization process. The Wrong Way to Organize for a Writing Project Whenever I have a grand idea to write a book or teach a family history workshop, I start recording […]

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Use a genealogy database with a timeline feature to discover more ancestral stories.
Genealogy 201
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Writing Family History

Discover More Using Databases and Timelines

If you’re not using a modern database program, you’re missing out on a powerful tool. I use RootsMagic as my database of choice. RootsMagic has an awesome timeline tool. Not only does this timeline show the life events of marriage, birth, death, and residence for my ancestors. RootsMagic also pulls in life events from immediate family […]

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Writing Family History

Timeline Tip Writing Tip from the Armchair Genealogist

Evaline Townley Peak GEISZLER circa 1920, Scanned copy, Original in possession of Nancy Wasson Now, the narrative reports help get the ball rolling for writing your personal family history. I love a good place to start. I can’t seem to get the RTF export to work so I have to export this report to a […]

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I’m Going to Love Family Search – Family Tree

Family Search is finally doing something that I will L-O-V-E. It will streamline the process of the family tree from new.family.search in a faster, sleeker way. It will also allow me (us) to delete the redundant information that crops up. This visual, using RootsMagic, will help this make more sense. Comparison of my database (left) […]

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Ugh… I wish RootsMagic could Sync with Ancestry.com

I admit that I love RootsMagic because it Sync’s nicely with new.familysearch.org. But I REALLY wish it would sync with Ancestry.com. Is that too much to ask? A program that did both? Okay, so I’m not a tech guru, but here’s the deal. I have used Ancestry.com for over a year now. I don’t feel that I […]

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