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.
Picture of living room with overlay What To Do Before Downsizing Your Home
Organizing Research
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What To Do Before Downsizing Your Home Or Genealogy Files

It’s hard to believe but someday you will face the challenge of downsizing your home and your genealogy files. Before you begin, take time to do this one very important task that few people do but wish they had. Stop and Take Pictures Much context is available in the arrangement of the things in our […]

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Genealogy 201
Online Research
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Basics of Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors

Many Americans celebrate having Patriot Ancestors from the Revolution, but what are the basics of researching Loyalist Ancestors who migrated to Canada? Lianne Krüger, a Canadian with deep French-Canadian roots, shared a number of points about researching Loyalist ancestors while we visited at RootsTech. She called the Loyalists the “first American draft dodgers!” Those who […]

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Do you descend from people who owned slaves in the US? Are you not sure how to handle this news? Listen as Cheri Passey shares some of her insights into such genealogy research. #slavery #genealogy
Editorial
Genealogy 201
Preserving
YouTube

What Responsibilities Does a Descendant of Slaveholders Bear?

If you have ancestors who owned other people, what should you do when you discover you are descendant of slaveholders? Cheri Hudson Passey, a descendant of slaveholders shared a number of valuable tips with me while we were at a genealogy conference to help folks process this issue. This post follows nicely after the one […]

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Which Ancestry MyTreeTags Should You Use? #genealogy #ancestors
Genealogy 101
Online Research
YouTube

Which Ancestry MyTreeTags should you use on your family tree?

In a previous post, I covered the basics of how to add Ancestry’s MyTreeTags to your ancestor’s profile and hinted at how they can help you sort our ancestors. This post will dive deep into the various tags and make sense of them. The Need to Understand the Definitions Behind Each MyTreeTag Before you add […]

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Follow these terrific tips to trace the men and women in your family tree who served in WWI. #genealogy #wwi #militaryrecords
Genealogy 201
YouTube

5 Tips to Start Researching WWI Veterans

Are you uncertain how to find records about your ancestors who served during the First World War? Deborah Dudek shared five tips for researching WWI Veterans in the world war one time period there Deborah what can we do.” Many people think World War I genealogy is really complicated and they may be put off […]

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Avoid genealogy burn out with these tips.
Genealogy 201
Inspiration

Keep Your Genealogy Fire Burning

Are you feeling a lack of desire to pursue your family history? Discover how to keep the genealogy fire burning by changing your focus. You may have attended: a local Family History Discovery Day a regional or international genealogy conference (RootsTech, The Genealogy Show, MyHeritage Live, or the National Genealogy Society events_ an online webinar […]

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Where did your ancestor live? If it seems like they were everywhere, then you should create a map of their travels. #genealogy #researchtools @BoundlessGenealogy
Genealogy 201
Online Research
Organizing Research
Tools
YouTube

Create a Research Map with Google My Maps

Ever had an ancestor that moved around a lot and you just can’t wrap your head around it? Melissa Finley, of BoundlessGenealogy.com, shared a few tips on how she created a research map to understand her migratory ancestor using Google My Maps. If you missed the previous video, Create a Family History Road Trip with […]

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Discover the latest genealogy video releases on YouTube. #genealogy #dnatests #youtube
DNA
Genealogy 101
Online Research
YouTube

MyTree Tags, Lazarus and more – Genealogy Video RoundUp

This week on YouTube, the following genealogy videos feature the basics of MyTreeTags, how to recreate your ancestor’s DNA using the Lazarus tool, and a fun Man on the Street video. Check it out! Genealogy Videos This week’s round-up of genealogy covers a wide range of topics. Finding female ancestors, using a new tool on […]

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Personal History

Enrich Family Histories With Often Repeated Phrases

Capturing the true character of a person can be difficult with simple descriptive words. Describing their physical features and mentioning where they are from, may paint a visual picture of a person but the individual remains one dimensional.  If you include often repeated phrases an ancestor said into your family history, the person’s story instantly […]

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How Ancestry MyTreeTags Can Improve Your Family Tree Research #genealogy #ancestry
Genealogy 101
Online Research
Tools
YouTube

What are Ancestry MyTreeTags?

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to label our ancestors so that we can find people in our tree who have things in common or jump to your current research tasks on Ancestry? Ancestry MyTree Tags offers subscribers a way to do just that. MyTreeTags is Ancestry’s solution to a problem that […]

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