Month: April 2018

Write Stories That Lack Documents
Personal History
Writing Family History

Record the Stories That Lack Documentation

Does everything that happens in our life produce documents and photos? And are these moments less important because they lack such evidence? There are so many things that we know about ourselves and our family members that should be recorded. Some funny, some sad, and some just normal but treasured. We can add more to […]

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Writing Family History
YouTube

Enliven Family Histories With One Simple Trick

Conflict, villains, and plot twists make for fantastic drama in shows like Games of Thrones or Poldark, but does every family history have this much drama? No, or probably not. However, you can add dramatic elements to a story, even if you think your ancestor is a bit on the dull side. I recently completed […]

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Genealogy 101
Online Research

3 Reasons to Use FamilySearch

As budding genealogists attempt to use FamilySearch Family Tree, they quickly face the learning curve that’s not as easy as some other online offerings. Learning to add reason statements when making a change, attaching a source, merging people, or deleting a relationship can be overwhelming. But anything worth doing, it’s worth doing well. With FamilySearch […]

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Memory Keeping
Preserving
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 save the value of your photos by recording the story the photographer captured. […]

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Evaluating Records About My Ancestor
Genealogy 101
YouTube

How do I know if a record belongs to my ancestor?

VIEW QUESTION: “Would I be wrong to assume a record is about my ancestor if a source I find has about the same year of birth or death and same place of residence?” The easy answer is, it depends. For some records, you can determine if the source is indeed your ancestors because those documents […]

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DNA
Genealogy 201

Playing with MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

In February, MyHeritage DNA released its long-awaited chromosome browser. Woot-woot. Shout praises. Celebrate however you will. This tool is a game changer for me and I’m enjoying reviewing my results in a user friendly tool. Check this out. I manage kits for myself, my brother, and my two aunts. This allows me to link their […]

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Genealogy 201
YouTube

Will You Have Better Luck in the New Jersey Probate Files?

    I’m on a mission to attempt to establish through a paper trail and indirect evidence who the father of John Townley was. I recently decided to jump into searching Wills and Probates. Ancestry and FamilySearch have made accessing these collections so much easier, but I didn’t have the best luck.  Ancestry.com made finding […]

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RootsTech2018

Will We Have a Booth at RootsTech Again?

There were so many things that to consider when deciding whether to have a vendor booth at RootsTech or any other conference for that matter. Are smaller conferences better because crowds are more accessible? Are super conferences better for the optics that suggest your business is serious about their plans? Need Better Input Information upon […]

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RootsTech2018

The Expo Experience – First Time RootsTech Vendor Perspective (Part 5)

In four previous posts, I walked you through the preparations we made before attending RootsTech 2018 as a first time vendor. In this post, I’ll cover the outcome of the plans. In 3 and 1/2 long days at the Expo Hall, we experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. We misjudged all of our plans to generate […]

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