Tag: Genealogy Research Tips and Tricks

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Looking for a totally free way to access a variety of paid genealogy records, like those provided by Ancestry or MyHeritage, from your own computer? Well there's good news, you most likely can. And you might be surprised to hear that the solution is probably only a few clicks away. An increasing number of libraries are now providing access to genealogy resources free of charge. Many can be accessed directly on their websites -- meaning that you can take advantage of the ...

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No, You DON'T Need a Paid Subscription for Genealogy Research Here's Why

If you have been doing family history research for a while, you are probably fully aware of the fact that there are many free genealogy sites available to you. But for those that are just starting out, it can be very hard to see past the well-promoted paid subscription sites and many people become frustrated when trying to locate records and resources that are actually free. While paid genealogy websites do offer many excellent resources for family historians, ...

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By Lisa Lisson “No one is interested in my story.”  -- “Me? I was just a housewife.” -- “Our family did not do anything special.” -- “Our family never had much.” These are some of the responses I received when I began asking my grandmother (at the time in her late 80s) about her life and family history. So, I got a little sneaky. I pulled out the family photographs and asked her help in identifying the individuals. The stories began ...

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Ongoing education is one of the keys to productive genealogy research. Whether you're taking a fun online family history course like The Genealogy Journey or curling up with some new genealogy books -- you'll be surprised how much there is to learn in the ever-changing world of modern family history research. One of our favorite ways to access genealogy books at a reasonable cost (besides our local library) is via Kindle Unlimited. Update, Sept 2018 - Not all ...

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Family history research is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, and it's getting more exciting all of the time. With new records and tools and research methods appearing every day, there are seemingly endless opportunities to explore and collaborate. But, as most of us already recognize, there are also endless opportunities to make mistakes. And, in the connected world of online research, those mistakes can spread like wildfire. Genealogy is collaborative by nature and sharing information is a big ...

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Whether family history research is your newest hobby or a lifelong passion -- pitfalls are everywhere and sometimes they're hard to spot. From forgetting to back up your data to limiting your research options, these important dos and don'ts will help you avoid some of the most common issues facing family historians today. 1. DO interview family members while you still have a chance. Many family historians are nervous about asking family members for important information about their family's ...

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Genealogy is an exciting adventure into a unique past -- that of your very own family. It's full of twists and turns, validation and insight. What could be better? But family history research is, unfortunately, also full of pitfalls. Pitfalls that can hinder or derail your research if you don't avoid them...or at least try to overcome them. We thought it would be fun and useful to address a few of the most common pitfalls that new ...

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Are you interested in finally searching out the truth behind that old family story about a Native American ancestor? Or perhaps you already know that the story is true, but you're not quite sure where to go next. Luckily, there are many online guides, records collections and specialized resources that can help you on your journey. Here's where to get started. Uncovering the Truth Behind Family Stories If you're just beginning your research based on a family story, the first ...

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The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogy research for a number of reasons -- the most obvious being that is was only indexed and released for public consumption a few years ago. The new records gave many of us a special chance to add vital new details to the our ancestors' stories. But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked. Built into the ...

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By Susan Wallin Mosey Is it weird that I have a graveyard kit?  How else can you go grave hunting in an organized and well-equipped manner?  Mine is stored in a pink bucket with a decal on it.  (I’m a very girly grave hunter.) The bucket contains all the stuff I need for proper gravestone hunting (except a goodly supply of water—never leave home without a goodly supply of water).  The bucket contains: 1. A notebook and ...

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