Tag: Genealogy Research Tips and Tricks

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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Thank you to Ann Raymont for this helpful article. Have you seen those genealogy T-shirts that read “I see(k) dead people”? It’s a fact—we family historians do! And nowhere is that more literally true than in a cemetery. Here are five tips to make the most of your next visit. 1. Before you go Check out the cemetery on a website like FindaGrave.com. It’s also a nice idea to see if there’s a request pending for anyone to ...

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Olivewood Cemetery, Houston, Texas - The self-etched ones can be particularly hard to read.

I’ve loved cemeteries as long as I can remember. I think I became a genealogist just so I would have a good explanation for how often I visited them.  While I go mainly to take photos for Find A Grave or Billion Graves, I find other reasons as well; the calm, the time to think, the sense of history, etc. Over the years I’ve learned some great lessons while “working the graveyards” as my friend loves me ...

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