Tag: Beginner Genealogy Research Help

6 Uncommon Places to Find a Missing Birth Date for Your Ancestor

We all have those ancestors who make us want to pull our hair out. You know, the ones we just can’t find key pieces of information about - like a birth or death date? Locating a date of birth can be especially difficult because oftentimes only ages are listed on old records. And even on records that usually do list a birth date this detail is sometimes left blank because the informant didn't have the needed information (this is ...

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No, DNA Testing is Not a Shortcut to Your Family's History

Genetic testing has made family history a topic of interest to more people than ever before. But it has also provided an easy deception. While modern ancestry tests do share fascinating information about a person's heritage, the results are only valuable, or accurate, within the context of family history research.

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The 20 Largest Genealogy Record Collections Online - Old Family Photo

There are literally billions and billions of genealogical records now available online. From the huge databases of paid subscription sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage, to the varied collections of FamilySearch and other free initiatives - details about our ancestors' lives are more accessible than ever. And every single one of the these collections is vitally important and needs to be preserved - whether the database contains one record or a billion. But have you ever wondered what ...

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Which DNA Test for Ancestry is Best? A Detailed Guide

Ready to take an ancestry DNA test to better understand your family's past, but aren't sure which one to choose? You're not alone. Several excellent DNA tests for genealogy are now available for a reasonable cost, but picking the right one for you can be very confusing. What are the differences between each DNA test and testing company?  Which one will tell me where my family comes from? How accurate are the results? How can I use ...

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Chinese Genealogy Research, Chinese family in Honolulu, Hawaii 1893

The story of Chinese immigrants in America is one of hardship, struggle, perseverance, and solidarity. Although a good deal of Chinese immigration to the US has taken place more recently, it can be traced all the way back to the 1820s. This guide to researching your Chinese ancestry will help you gain an understanding of the history of this migration and discover techniques and free resources for exploring your own family's past. 

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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. ...

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Ancestry Isn't the Only Genealogy 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.

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