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Scanner vs Photographer about Genealogy Documents
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Scanning vs Photographing Genealogy Documents

When would photographing your genealogy documents serve you better than scanning them? If you have inherited a mountain or room full of genealogy papers or you need to downsize your archive, you need to digitize the contents so others can access and use the data. The overwhelming task forces the challenge of quality vs efficiency […]

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Sketch of a multitude of people and the overlay Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree
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Genealogy 201
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Organizing Research

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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silver ware collection with overlay How to Downsize Your Collections
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Downsizing Your Collections While Preserving Family History

Modern men and women tend to collect keepsakes, souvenirs, and other items of interest. When you begin decreasing the contents in your home, follow these steps for downsizing your collections while preserving your family history. My mother collected bears and salt and pepper shakers. My mother-in-law collects dolls and things from her travels. I collected […]

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Stacks of papers and files with overlay How to Downsize Genealogy FIles
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How to Downsize Genealogy Files

Why on earth would a family historian spend time downsizing their genealogy source materials in their home? They do it because otherwise, all of their research efforts will be poorly managed at their passing if they don’t. Preservation minded family historians likely have no one who wants their family history or would burn their genealogy […]

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Cluttered home with overlay Why Downsizing Tips Don't Work
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Why Downsizing Tips Don’t Work

Thousands of books, blog posts, and podcasts offer downsizing tips that don’t work, at least when it comes to reducing your possessions with an eye toward preserving your family history. If you want or need to downsize your home, apartment, or other living situations, you need to do three things. Why Traditional Downsizing Tips Don’t […]

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Picture of living room with overlay What To Do Before Downsizing Your Home
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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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Where did your ancestor live? If it seems like they were everywhere, then you should create a map of their travels. #genealogy #researchtools @BoundlessGenealogy
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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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Free yourself from clutter by downsizing your family record collection. #genealogy #organization #decluttering
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Downsizing Your Family Group Sheets

For many decades, family members have passed down handwritten pedigree charts and family group charts. Thanks to a free digital resource, we can downsize the family group sheets and reclaim space in our homes. The number one question I receive each time I teach about Downsizing with Family History in Mind is, “What do I […]

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How to Organize a Mountain of Genealogy Discoveries

Having a mountain of genealogy records, ephemera, and photos is a nice problem to have. Ever wonder how you could organize your genealogy discoveries without going crazy? After traveling to Columbus, Ohio for a genealogy trip, I was amazed at the volume of family history I obtained. In 2012, I said I had enough informaiton […]

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Power of Visualization to Achieve Your Genealogy Goals

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: I don’t much care where. The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland This is probably […]

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