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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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How Ancestry MyTreeTags Can Improve Your Family Tree Research #genealogy #ancestry
Genealogy 101
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What are Ancestry MyTreeTags?

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to label our ancestors so that we can find people in our tree who have things in common or jump to your current research tasks on Ancestry? Ancestry MyTree Tags offers subscribers a way to do just that. MyTreeTags is Ancestry’s solution to a problem that […]

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A Genealogy Hack for Translating German Newspapers into English #genealogy #hacks
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A Simple Process for Translating Fraktur Newspaper Articles

When you don’t speak German, what steps can you follow when translating Fraktur newspaper articles into English? I developed a process that is working nicely. Fraktur is the typeface (or font) used in German printed publications prior to the 1940s. If you find newspaper articles in the United States from the 1800s and early 1900s, […]

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Power of Visualization
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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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Newspaper Exposing Smith Family Mystery
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Newspapers Expose Smith Family Mystery

If birth, marriage, and death records are the skeleton of family history, then newspapers are the flesh and muscles? A recent newspaper discovery exposed a family mystery for my Smith line that has me perplexed. For years, I avoided newspaper research because it could only be accessed on microfiche or archives far from my home. […]

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Have you Analyzed the Time vs Benefit of the New Genea-Tech
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Have you Analyzed the Time vs Benefit of the New Genea-Tech

My husband and I were talking about a recent webinar which discussed a variety of technology choices someone uses to get their genealogy job done. The presenter shared numerous new genealogy tech tools that blow them away. While listening to all the ‘options,’ I kept thinking about how many recommendations overcomplicate simple tasks.  For instance, […]

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What Should You Get Your Family For Christmas?

Happy HalloThanksMas! Actually, I don’t like the intrusion of Christmas into November any more than the next person. However, planning ahead for Christmas purchases is a great financial tip. As Christmas is approaching, consider how you, as a family historian, could use this gifts you share this year could motivate your family to help capture and […]

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How Can I Get a Response from FindAGrave

Orlando M Smith gravestone, photo by Devon Lee I am so thankful for FindAGrave.com and the wonderful service the company and the volunteers provide. I have enjoyed adding my own service to the mix. And, I refer to this website almost as often as I do FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com. However, I have a number of […]

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Links for Canadian Research

My Zumstein, Comfort, Marr, and Shafley lived in Ontario, Canada. It pays to know where to look for information about these ancestors. I am thankful to Cyndi’s List for all the effort she does there. This post is more for me to collect all my links into one spot and why. Could I use bookmarks? […]

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Organizing With Evernote

Sometimes when you’re drowning in family history research, it pays to get organized. As I looked for ways to be more organized with my research, I knew I needed something more than RootsMagic to organize the correspondence, thoughts, and whatnot that I’ve saved in my email ‘boxes’ for a decade. Organizing Genealogy Emails: One folder […]

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