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Does a Genealogy Record Exist?
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Does a record exist for your ancestor?

Perhaps you want to find a document that mentions the birth, marriage, or death your great-grandmother. How are you going to go about this? As a beginning genealogist, you may think that vital records were always available because they are so commonplace today. However, birth, marriage, and death records are a modern invention Depending on […]

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5 Quick Tips to Find Things Online
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5 Quick Tips For Finding Records Hiding in Online Collections

Are you struggling to find records on FamilySearch, MyHeritage, FindMyPast or Ancestry for your ancestor? Here are a few things you can do to attempt to force your ancestor to bubble up to the surface while using online search forms. Expand or contract date ranges Sometimes you need to add +5 or +10 to either […]

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How to remove a child from the wrong set of parents on FamilySearch

Have you ever come across an individual on FamilySearch and thought, “they don’t belong in this family” and then wondered what you should about it? I’m going to share my thoughts not only on the hows of breaking relationships but also the cautions and the encouragement. What do you do when you think a potential […]

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How to Merge Duplicate Profiles on FamilySearch

Do you ever have trouble trying to merge two individuals that you think should be combined on FamilySearch?  Today’s your lucky day! We’re going to talk about whether you should and how to do it. FamilySearch is a one-tree, collaborative effort. What that means is there are no private trees. we’re all trying to work […]

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Multiple Records for the Same Event on FamilySearch!?!

  While researching on FamilySearch, do you ever wonder why there are three records for the same event such as birth, marriage, or death records? When you review a source tab on FamilySearch for an ancestor or review results on the search page, you may encounter a number of hints for a vital event. This […]

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How to Evaluate FamilySearch Hints
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How to Evaluate FamilySearch Hints

  Hinting on FamilySearch may help you find records that document your ancestors without you having to do the hunting. FamilySearch serves up some of what we call the ‘low hanging fruit’ of genealogy records which include: vital records and census records, as well as a few others. I reviewed these records in the post […]

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What are Legacy NFS Sources on FamilySearch
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What are Legacy NFS sources on FamilySearch?

  When working FamilySearch, do you ever come across extracted Legacy NFS sources and the Personal Pages of your ancestors? Do you wish you knew what to do with them? If you thought the IGI sources were confusing, Legacy Sources are worse. What are the Legacy NFS sources? FamilySearch Family Tree is a compilation database that […]

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What are IGI Sources on FamilySearch
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What is an IGI source on Family Search?

  When working FamilySearch, do you ever come across extracted IGI records and not know what these are or what you should do about them? The IGI sources can cause great confusion for beginning genealogists. The IGI is so well known that it has made an appearance a romance novel where the heroine who happens […]

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3 Reasons Not to Use FamilySearch Family Tree

If I had the rights to make a sidebar banner without fear of copyright infringement, I would make one that had the FamilySearch logo and the words “FamilySearch Fan Girl” below it. In fact, I would enthusiastically wear the same banner design on a shirt. Despite how much I appreciate this online collaborative family tree, […]

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3 Reasons to Use FamilySearch

As budding genealogists attempt to use FamilySearch Family Tree, they quickly face the learning curve that’s not as easy as some other online offerings. Learning to add reason statements when making a change, attaching a source, merging people, or deleting a relationship can be overwhelming. But anything worth doing, it’s worth doing well. With FamilySearch […]

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