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How to research when your genealogy training wheels have come off.

A Genealogy Hack for Translating German Newspapers into English #genealogy #hacks
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A Simple Process for Translating Fraktur Newspaper Articles

When you don’t speak German, what steps can you follow when translating Fraktur newspaper articles into English? I developed a process that is working nicely. Fraktur is the typeface (or font) used in German printed publications prior to the 1940s. If you find newspaper articles in the United States from the 1800s and early 1900s, […]

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14 June 2019 This week in genealogy videos
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Your Genealogy Video Playlist for 14 June 2019

New genealogy videos this week ask whether your parents are genetically related, discuss the value of genealogy research plans, and more. Genetic Genealogy Videos Additional DNA related videos this week include: AncestryDNA Matches color coding, How to get around the 24 color limit! – DNA Family Trees How to Upload DNA to GEDmatch Genesis and […]

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Fundamentals of Genealogy Research Plans
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The Fundamentals of Genealogy Research Plans

Research plans, like citations, scare a lot of beginning genealogists but they shouldn’t. Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, shared the fundamentals of genealogy research plans with us during a recent visit. When you want to transition from being a casual genealogist to someone more serious, research plans often come into the equation. Otherwise, we’re using the […]

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How to Evaluate a Death Record
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How to evaluate a death record for an ancestor

In genealogy research, we move from record to record building a case about our ancestors. When working with records with sparse genealogical information, how can you determine a record pertains to your research question? Moreover, how can we evaluate whether a death record pertains to our ancestor? Research Question When and where did Martha (Gordon) […]

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Enrich Your Family History With Postcards from the Past

Writing a family history that has excitement when you don’t feel like a creative writer is challenged. However, you can enrich your family history projects through pictures from the past, such as post cards! My Geiszler and Brown family lines have resided in Ohio for at least 100 years. A few years back, I wrote […]

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Genealogy Video Round-Up ~ 5 April 2019

Another week has passed and genealogy videos on YouTube are definitely worth investigating. Be sure to watch, comment, like, and share! Genealogy Tips Interview Your Relatives for Family History (Part 5) – Road to Your Family History What is the Historical Records Survey? – Genealogy Works Ancestry’s New Tree Tags, ThruLines Q’s Answered. Bonus Hack!– […]

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What to do when the town name is wrong?

Viewer Question: What do you do, when researching an ancestor, and you find his birthplace listed as a certain town that you know for a fact the town was not even established till a good 20 years or so after their birth? When researching your family history, you will run into errors and you have […]

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Citations Overdone
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Are genealogy citations overdone?

YouTube viewer deck-o cards asked: I’m curious to know what you think about sourcing & citations, etc. I’ve watched the Ancestry.com videos by Crista Cowan and, in my opinion, I think that there is too much redundancy. For instance, all the documentation that she does–which is fine, if you enjoy that and want to do it. […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating a Find A Grave Profile

Traveling to a cemetery can be prohibitive for many people, which is why sites like Find-A-Grave provide an invaluable service.  However, despite the information you will find on such memorial sites, you need to be careful what you accept as fact and what is simply a clue. Find A Grave Memorial Pages provide many details […]

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Create a surname table to help you track all the names you may encounter in your genealogy research. #genealogy #genealogy101
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Creating a Surname Table With Tree Collapse

SYNTHPOPALOOZA asked in our post Our Surname Tables for DNA Research What do you do in the case of first cousins marrying each other? This happens three times in my tree, and in one case (my father’s father’s line) both my 2nd great-grandparents have the same last name, Hurst. They share the same grandparents. How do […]

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