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5 Tips For Writing About Your Immigrant Ancestor

Writing about an immigrant ancestor does have to be difficult. Follow these 5 tips and impress your family with a terrific bit of insight without the boredom! Let’s jump into 5 questions you want to research about your immigrant ancestor so you can write their stories.  One Caveat Before You Begin Writing About Your Immigrant […]

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5 Videos to Help You Understand Ancestry ThruLines

With Ancestry ThruLines, you can combine your DNA results with member trees to generate possible paths of relationships between you and your DNA matches. The following videos help explain this innovative yet confusing tool for your genealogy toolbox. 1. Ancestry ThruLine Basics Discover how to access your ThruLines from your DNA Discovery Pages and your […]

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Basics of Researching Your Loyalist Ancestors

Many Americans celebrate having Patriot Ancestors from the Revolution, but what are the basics of researching Loyalist Ancestors who migrated to Canada? Lianne Krüger, a Canadian with deep French-Canadian roots, shared a number of points about researching Loyalist ancestors while we visited at RootsTech. She called the Loyalists the “first American draft dodgers!” Those who […]

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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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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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Are you using the What Are The Odds tool on DNA Painter?

One of the best, if not the best tool, for analyzing DNA is called the What Are The Odds tool on DNA Painter, Affectionately known as the WATO tool, you can analyze an unknown person compared to known DNA matches to make new discoveries. The origin DNA Painter’s What Are The Odds tool The WATO […]

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Which Ancestry MyTreeTags Should You Use? #genealogy #ancestors
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Which Ancestry MyTreeTags should you use on your family tree?

In a previous post, I covered the basics of how to add Ancestry’s MyTreeTags to your ancestor’s profile and hinted at how they can help you sort our ancestors. This post will dive deep into the various tags and make sense of them. The Need to Understand the Definitions Behind Each MyTreeTag Before you add […]

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Follow these terrific tips to trace the men and women in your family tree who served in WWI. #genealogy #wwi #militaryrecords
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5 Tips to Start Researching WWI Veterans

Are you uncertain how to find records about your ancestors who served during the First World War? Deborah Dudek shared five tips for researching WWI Veterans in the world war one time period there Deborah what can we do.” Many people think World War I genealogy is really complicated and they may be put off […]

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How do overlapping genes impact GEDmatch results?

If genetic genealogy wasn’t complicated enough, add overlapping genes into the mix, and you’re in for a world of confusion. You may struggle to determine your relationship with an unknown relative and shockingly discover a genetic match much different than what you previously thought with a known relative. GEDmatch has a tool to help you […]

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Discover how to recreate the DNA of your loved one using the Lazarus tool on GEDmatch. #genealogy #geneticgenealogy #dnascience
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Recreate Your Ancestor’s DNA with the GEDmatch Lazarus Tool

We all have relatives who’ve passed away before taking a DNA test. Discover how with GEDMatch’s Lazarus tool can recreate your decease ancestor’s DNA. Commercial DNA testing has been around for almost twenty years but only about ten years for genealogical purposes. During that time we’ve had lots of relatives who may have been interested […]

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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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