Editorial

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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Genealogy 201
Preserving
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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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When to Ask Questions During Workshops
Appearances
Editorial
Fun with Family History

When should you ask questions during genealogy conferences?

Imagine that you’re at an in-person genealogy conference and you’re in a workshop. You might be wondering, “If I have a question, when should I ask the presenter?” Is it possible to know your answer before the presentation begins? I have read ‘how to give great presentation’ tips on a variety of websites as I’ve […]

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Editorial

Beware the Deflating Genealogy Statistic

Be prepared. I’m going to scare you and depress you with a genealogy statistic. One that even professional genealogists can’t seem to overcome. It can haunt your sleep and make you dash under the covers, cancel your MyHeritage subscription, and never attempt another genealogical discovery ever again. By the way, this post comes three years […]

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Get The Right Help For Your Genealogy
Editorial
Genealogy 101

How not to ask for help with your research query?

Many folks involved in genealogy research love to help you with your reserach questions. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to ask for that help. The following is not it and I’ll explain why. “Hello, I have posted once before and no one responded. This is my second post. I am […]

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RootsTech 2019 Review
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RootsTech2019

RootsTech 2019 Report Card

With RootsTech 2019 a thing of the past, do you wonder how the conference fared? Especially since 2018 was not a good year for the event. Wearing the hats of Ambassador, Speaker, and attendee, I share this RootsTech Review in a report card style. Let’s start off with the hurdles that RootsTech faced: 2018 2019 […]

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Popularity of Genealogy
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Fun with Family History
Genealogy 101
News
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The One Genealogy Myth That Must Die!

Genealogists like to say that the hobby is as popular as porn or gardening. They couldn’t be further from the truth!

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Why Speakers Sell During Conference Workshops
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RootsTech2019

Why do speakers try to sell to me at genealogy conferences?

When I attend genealogy conferences, such as RootsTech, why do speakers try to sell me on their products and services? Aren’t they getting paid? I attend the conferences to learn, not be sold to.

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Family History Should Be Fun
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Fun with Family History
Genealogy 101

If Family History Isn’t Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong

Why on earth would people do family history if it wasn’t fun? For years I have fought with folks who take the fun out of genealogy. Finally, I want to push back online. If family history isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. Family History is a huge tent of activities that work together to support […]

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Editorial

How to Compensate a Speaker More at a Genealogy Conference

Having staffed our own booths at three difference conferences,&nbsp conference planners are overlooking a way to potentially compensate genealogy speakers, who happen to be authors,  more without significantly dipping into the conference’s limited budget. I must diverge to whether a booth is beneficial to an author first and then return to the one overlooked option […]

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Fun with Family History
YouTube

Myth: Is genealogy only for old people?

Have you ever heard that genealogy is for old people? Let’s see if that is statement is a myth or fact true! At First Glance – The Genealogy Myth is Fact For most of my life, I have heard that genealogy is for old people. There has to be some truth to this, thus it […]

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