Genealogy 201

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

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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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Genealogy 201
Online Research
Writing Family History
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How to work around OCR errors in newspaper research

Are you struggling to do newspaper research for your ancestors because of the OCR errors make the name and keywords unsearchable?D Discover several ways work around these challenges, even if you won’t like all of these suggestions. What causes OCR errors in newspapers? The quality of the images of old newspapers dramatically impacts the ability […]

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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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Googling Your Genealogy For Great Finds

Googling your genealogy can help you find a bevy of discoveries with a few simple clicks and keystrokes. Take full advantage of these tips from a genealogy gem of an expert. I had the honor of interviewing Lisa Louise Cooke, host of the Genealogy Gems podcast about her book: The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox – 2nd […]

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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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Writing Family History
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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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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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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
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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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Follow these terrific tips to trace the men and women in your family tree who served in WWI. #genealogy #wwi #militaryrecords
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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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