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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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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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Editorial
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RootsTech2016
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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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Gravestone photos
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What I did to take myself out of a grave marker

When I was taking photos of gravestones, I took a lot of photos. I didn’t have a great system for checking the photos on my camera while at a cemetery. (Okay, so I was a bit lazy). When I sat down with my computer to review some photos, I found myself in the monument. Now […]

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