Author: Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.
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Genealogy 201
Online Research
Writing Family History

Use Keywords in Newspaper Research to Find Genealogy Gold

Are you struggling to find genealogy gold in newspapers? Try using keywords in your newspaper research. By searching for places, names, and topics, rather than a specific person, you can find some amazing details to enhance your family history. Where to add keywords in newspaper research When using Newspapers.com, you simply add your keywords, rather […]

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Inspiration
Personal History

Ignore Story Crafting While Recording Family History

You are failing at recording your family history because you need to learn how to IGNORE story crafting practices. That’s right. I said it. Ignore the art of crafting a story and you will free yourself to capture and preserve your family history. Story Crafting Techniques Thwart Capturing Family History Many educators and writing instructors […]

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Sketch of a multitude of people and the overlay Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree
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Genealogy 201
Online Research
Organizing Research

Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree

Though it may seem sacrilegious to ask, “Do you need to downsize the unnecessarily large family tree that you’re attempting to maintain across multiple platforms and/or in a genealogy software program?” If you have a family tree that is upwards of 10,000 people, you need to consider downsizing your tree to become laser-focused on quality […]

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Organizing Research

Downsizing Your Collections While Preserving Family History

Modern men and women tend to collect keepsakes, souvenirs, and other items of interest. When you begin decreasing the contents in your home, follow these steps for downsizing your collections while preserving your family history. My mother collected bears and salt and pepper shakers. My mother-in-law collects dolls and things from her travels. I collected […]

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Vintage photos of ancestors with overlay Why Your Family Doesn’t Want to Read Their Family History
Writing Family History

Why Your Family Doesn’t Want to Read Their Family History

You hear the grumbles and the sighs as you tell your family to read their family history. They say they are not interested and they would rather watch grass group. How can this be when it’s their legacy?!? There are likely two reasons why the family history book you want your family to read does […]

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Appearances
Family History Consultant
Genealogy 201

Why Should You Prove Your Genealogy?

Why should a family historian bother with trying to prove their genealogy research? It’s our tree, we can do what we want, right?!? What’s the point of creating a family tree if it is full of errors? Folks will claim they: are related to Charlemagne are related to an Indian Princess have accurate family research […]

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Organizing Research

How to Downsize Genealogy Files

Why on earth would a family historian spend time downsizing their genealogy source materials in their home? They do it because otherwise, all of their research efforts will be poorly managed at their passing if they don’t. Preservation minded family historians likely have no one who wants their family history or would burn their genealogy […]

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BBQ Dinner on White plate with overlay Places to Eat While Attending the Texas State Genealogy Society Conference
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Meal Options During the 2019 TXSGS Conference

At genealogy conferences, you have to eat. During the 2019 Texas State Genealogy Society (TXSGS) Conference, you will have a number of options within a short drive. Blazing Family Trails themed family history conference will converge on the Omni Houston Hotel Westside in Katy, Texas on the north side of the I-10 freeway. Simplify your […]

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Genealogy 201
Writing Family History
YouTube

5 Tips For Writing About Your Immigrant Ancestor

Writing about an immigrant ancestor does have to be difficult. Follow these 5 tips and impress your family with a terrific bit of insight without the boredom! Let’s jump into 5 questions you want to research about your immigrant ancestor so you can write their stories.  One Caveat Before You Begin Writing About Your Immigrant […]

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Genealogy 201
News
Online Research

You Can Edit Poorly Indexed Data on FamilySearch!

Do you ever wish you could edit the indexed data for an original record about your ancestor? FamilySearch is letting you do that!!! Time to celebrate. Well, sort of. What is an Index? Genealogy.com says it best, “An index is to genealogy what the wheel is to transportation: you can get along without it, but […]

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