Month: January 2019

Does a Genealogy Record Exist?
Genealogy 101
Online Research

Does a record exist for your ancestor?

Perhaps you want to find a document that mentions the birth, marriage, or death your great-grandmother. How are you going to go about this? As a beginning genealogist, you may think that vital records were always available because they are so commonplace today. However, birth, marriage, and death records are a modern invention Depending on […]

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Genealogy Blog Party Overhaul Blog
Blog Party

Overhauling the FHF Blog

Go big or go home. Or is it go crazy? Whichever it is, I had the crazy idea of overhauling the Family History Fanatics Blog. The timing coincides with the Genealogy Blog Party January Theme of Tuning Up our blogs. We migrated Family History Fanatics from the Blogger platform to WordPress and selected a self-hosted […]

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Family Friendly Websites about #heritage

Family-Friendly Websites to Excite Children about Their Heritage

If you want to excite your children about their family history, you have to begin by increasing their knowledge of YOU and YOUR HERITAGE. Here are a few sites that you can use to gather ideas for activities you can do with your children or to visit with your children (or grandchildren) sitting beside you. […]

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Writing Family History

Why Did You Include Stalin in Your Family History?

Question: I noticed that you added a historical fact about Stalin banishing Trotsky to the marriage story of your ancestor who married in Utah. If she wasn’t Russian and not connected to Stalin or Trotsky, why on earth would you add this fact to your family’s history? ~ Maralee, Cypress, Texas Answer: Social and Political […]

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Photo of Robert and Helen Geiszler in 1958
Photo Friday

Photo Friday: 1958 Family Photo

I love this family photo of my father, Robert Paul Geiszler, Jr and his parents in 1958. Having never seen this photo, I love seeing the cheesy smile of my father who was about nine years old. Grandma Helen is stylish as ever. This is another new-to-me photo that was sent to me by my […]

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5 Quick Tips to Find Things Online
Genealogy 101
Online Research

5 Quick Tips For Finding Records Hiding in Online Collections

Are you struggling to find records on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, FindMyPast or Ancestry for your ancestor? Here are a few things you can do to attempt to force your ancestor to bubble up to the surface while using online search forms. Expand or contract date ranges Sometimes you need to add +5 or +10 to either […]

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Power of Visualization
Genealogy 101
Organizing Research

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 101

Beginning Family Historians Be Warned

No matter when you begin seeking out your family legacy, you have to be warned about what lies ahead. Sure there will be dead ends, tangents, and records you can’t access. Sure you’ll run into family members who don’t play nicely in the sandbox. Yet, those aren’t the biggest cautions I would put forth as […]

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