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The 15 Minute Plan for Achieving Your Genealogy Goals in 2019

It’s every family historian’s dream to devote all of our waking hours to genealogy. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited time - work, family, school, and other obligations often leave little room for hobbies. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't pursue our goals with gusto. Here's a plan to help.

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If you're one of the millions of people who received a DNA test kit for the holidays this year, you're probably pretty excited to send in your sample and receive your results. It's pretty thrilling, after all, to finally discover how much Irish you really are, or if Grandma Jane was right when she said you had a distant Native American ancestor. But, if you're not familiar with how these tests work you might also be feeling...

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Were Your Ancestors in the Poor House Here's How to Find Out

Back before the days of welfare, food stamps, and long-term disability insurance, people who were unable to support themselves financially sometimes had to live in these places. This article will explain what poor houses and poor farms were and how to find your ancestors who may have lived there.

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Genealogy Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

By Patricia Hartley Perhaps you’ve been wondering what you could possibly buy for the genealogist or family historian on your list. We understand your frustration. Although genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, if you’re not ancestry-obsessed yourself it can be a challenge to know what to buy. So we’ve gathered some of the most secretly wished-for genealogy gifts - plus some surprises your roots researcher may not even know he or...

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3 Signs You Should Scrap Your Family Tree and Start from Scratch

Often, when we first begin our research, we really don't know what we're doing and make a lot of mistakes. We forget to verify connections between generations, we don't always add sources, we copy from other people's trees... And then, somewhere down the line, we aren't exactly sure what's fact and what's fiction anymore. Here are 3 signs it's time to start over.

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