Plan a Family Reunion in Just 7 Days With This Simple Guide
If you've been hoping to gather your family (or distant genetic cousins) together for a reunion, now's the time. The majority of family reunions, 65.8% in fact, are held in the summer when vacation time, outdoor venues and easier travel make the process simpler for everyone. But planning a family reunion can seem like a truly monumental task. This simple guide will help you break down the steps and arrange your get together in just one week. Get ready for an adventure!
A Gravesite Can Reveal Remarkable Details About Your Ancestor, IF You Can Find It: Here’s How
Have you taken the time to find the gravesite of each of your ancestors? If you haven't, you could could be missing a key part of your genealogy puzzle. Although we may spend years trying to find records that were created throughout our ancestors' lives, it is sometimes the information about their deaths that can be the most revealing.
Ancestry Isn’t the Only Site With Record Hints
Ancestry.com is famous for its hints - those little green leaves in your family tree that give you fact suggestions from records and other family trees. These hints are such an important part of research on Ancestry that people become members just to take advantage of them.
How to Easily Move Your Family Tree From (or To) Ancestry, MyHeritage or FindMyPast
Although this information may seem simple, it is not always obvious to beginners how this process works. Kimberly Tucker has taken the time to go over how to download your tree from the big three subscription sites - Ancestry, MyHeritage and FindMyPast - and has also provided links to some additional instructions for other programs.
Serious About Genealogy? Here are 10 Books to Read This Year
While there are plenty of other good options that could be added to this list, I consider the following selection of books must-reads for any serious researcher, professional genealogist, or anyone who wants to become a professional genealogist (with one exception because all learning must be fun). In fact, they are a must for anyone who wants to improve their research. These books will certainly take you more than a year to work through, but the effort will be well worth it.
Why You May Be Reading Your DNA Results All Wrong
Millions of people received DNA tests over the holiday season and, as results start to finally roll in, many of you will be looking at ethnicity reports for the first time - 39% of this, 22% of that, 2% of something totally surprising…it can all be very exciting. But what does it all mean? Can you really take these percentages at face value? The answer is a resounding no. While your results certainly contain truths, accepting your ancestry report without additional interpretation will [...]
Offline Vital Records are Critical to Your Research, and Ordering Them is Easier Than You Think
If you've never taken the time to track down offline vital records about your ancestors you might be asking yourself two questions right now: “Vital Records? What are those?” and “Offline? Why would I need a quick guide to finding Vital Records offline when it’s so easy to surf for everything online?” But you'll soon discover that adding these offline records to your research is an integral step in understanding your ancestors' lives and building a quality family tree.
13 Reasons You Can’t Find the Genealogy Information You’re Looking For
Searching for and locating records about our ancestors is seldom a simple process. Of course, we all have those easy to find individuals that seem to appear in every single record at just the right time -- but many of us spend most of our time searching for those elusive members of our tree that appear to have avoided being recorded on purpose.If you've hit a brick wall in your research, check our list of 13 common reasons why people fail to find the genealogy data they're looking for. [...]