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Searching for Winfield’s Parents Prior to His Marriage

In genealogy, you want to work your way from what is known to what is unknown. In many cases, you will discover an ancestor is a spouse and had children before you find records for when they are children in their parent’s home. The reason is you’ll need the clues records created during from their […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Evaluating a Death Record

Our ancestors have died, and if we’re lucky they have left records of their death. Those records can provide clues for our genealogy questions. One principle in genealogy is that a record is more reliable when it is an original document created at the time of the event by individuals who witnessed said event. Errors can […]

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Genealogy 201
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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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Why are there Multiple Records for the Same Event on FamilySearch!?!
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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 rarely […]

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Learn 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 Which […]

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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 launched […]

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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 to […]

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How to Search For the Name Behind An Ancestor’s Initial

Did you find an ancestor who appears in multiple records with an initial? Is it possible to determine what the initial standards for? In a previous post, I shared how I began mapping out the problem of, “Who are G. Winfield Underwood’s parents?” I ran into the question of what does G initial stands for? […]

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Are You Reviewing the Research of Others?

Do you ever encounter research that someone else has done on a new-to-you ancestor? Chances are you have. Before you start attaching all of that research to your tree – STOP, and Peer Review. When you come across another genealogist’s research, you should review what they discovered to ensure that it’s accurate. Genealogists can make […]

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Are You Mapping Out Your Research Problems?

Do you ever come across a research problem that makes your head spin? That’s what happened with one of our viewers, and we’ll take you on the journey to puzzle it out. When a friend started climbing her family tree, she ran into problems with Winfield Underwood. She reviewed all of the previous research others […]

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