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Power of Visualization
Genealogy 101
Organizing Research
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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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Glimpse Into the Buckeye Past

Have you ever wondered what the town your ancestors lived looked like? Sure we could look for some of the local history websites that were shared at RootsTech but there is a cool resource applicable to the town where centuries of my family lines have deep roots. “The Ohio Postcard Collection contains over 9,000 early […]

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Genealogy 201
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Newspapers Exposing Smith Family Mystery

If birth, marriage, and death records are the skeleton of family history, then newspapers are the flesh and muscles? I have been skeptical of newspaper research, as being something I could pursue right now given the lack of search capabilities. Additionally, I have yet to see the Columbus Dispatch and German newspapers from Columbus, Ohio […]

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Have you Analyzed the Time vs Benefit of the New Genea-Tech

My husband and I were talking about a recent webinar which discussed a variety of technology choices someone uses to get their genealogy job done. The presenter shared numerous new genealogy tech tools that blow them away. While listening to all the ‘options,’ I kept thinking about how many recommendations overcomplicate simple tasks.  For instance, […]

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Fun with Family History
Organizing Research
Preserving
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What Should You Get Your Family For Christmas?

Happy HalloThanksMas! Actually, I don’t like the intrusion of Christmas into November any more than the next person. However, planning ahead for Christmas purchases is a great financial tip. As¬†Christmas is approaching, consider how you, as a family historian, could use this gifts you share this year could motivate your family to help capture and […]

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How Can I Get a Response from FindAGrave

Orlando M Smith gravestone, photo by Devon Lee I am so thankful for FindAGrave.com and the wonderful service the company and the volunteers provide. I have enjoyed adding my own service to the mix. And, I refer to this website almost as often as I do FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com. However, I have a number of […]

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Links for Canadian Research

My Zumstein, Comfort, Marr, and Shafley lived in Ontario, Canada. It pays to know where to look for information about these ancestors. I am thankful to Cyndi’s List for all the effort she does there. This post is more for me to collect all my links into one spot and why. Could I use bookmarks? […]

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Organizing Research
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Organizing With Evernote

Sometimes when you’re drowning in family history research, it pays to get organized. As I looked for ways to be more organized with my research, I knew I needed something more than RootsMagic to organize the correspondence, thoughts, and whatnot that I’ve saved in my email ‘boxes’ for a decade. Organizing Genealogy Emails: One folder […]

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Preserving
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Have You Discovered Cropping?

As I have been posting the 600+ photos that I took on my research trip to Ohio to the FindAGrave.com website, I keep asking myself  “Have they ever heard of a cropping tool?” Now, I truly believe any photo is better than no photo of an ancestors grave. However, some photos have the tombstone surrounded […]

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Macioce Gravestone
Gravestone photos
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Keeping Gravestone Photos Level

Try as you might, sometimes working conditions make it difficult to keep a monument from looking lop-sided when you review your photos. Perhaps I should have zoomed out or moved back to capture the entire stone. Perhaps I could have adjusted the tripod legs on my camera or tilted the camera mount to compensate. However, […]

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