Happy New Years! Time to Tally Up Your Family Tree for 2017

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New Years is an excellent time to tally up your family tree for 2017. The goal of this exercise is to calculate the percentage of ancestors you know of up to your 7th great grandparents.   I’ve added a little guide to calculating your family tree in less than an hour if you have a […]

Genealogy Pin-ups: BMD

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Besides census records, a genealogist’s bread and butter will be Birth, Marriage, and Death records (commonly referred to as the BMD). Created at the time of the event or shortly after by people involved in that event, these records have the potential of containing women’s maiden names, parent’s names, residence locations, and more beyond the […]

Expanding Your Horizons (I See More Genea-cations In Your Future!)

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No matter the hobby or occupation, eventually we all suffer from tunnel vision; genealogists are no exception. We get used to our research routine and it can be difficult to break free of it. One of the most unfortunate ruts I often counsel against is the Online Only Routine. Sure, you hit the big sites […]

Genetic Testing for Genealogy Uses

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You can’t throw a stone without hitting a genealogist who is using DNA testing to further their research (trust me, I’ve tried). When it comes to testing ourselves, it’s easy to take the plunge blindly. For every person I talk to that took the tests and uses them effectively, there are ten that have no […]

Just NO!

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My Name is “No” The nice weather is finally showing up in force nationwide. It’s time for bleary-eyed genealogists to head out into the world and hunt for ancestors in the wild. This means traipsing in fields and graveyards to find the physical evidence of those who have gone before. With the fresh air and […]

Where are you going? Part 2

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Last time we spoke, I talked of having a goal for where your research was going. It’s important to know what you’ll consider an “end point” for any one relative, branch, or tree in general. But what about our biggest “end point”? What happens to your research when you’re gone? The relative theory Do you […]

Where’s It All Going? Part 1

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Why do you research family history? Is there a specific relative you’re trying to learn more about? Are you researching a specific family line? Are you going backwards as far as you can go? Or are you going from one ancestor forward to all living descendants? Basically, what are you researching? Often heard in genealogy […]

The Uncertainty Principle

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I don’t follow the news. It’s not that I stay out of touch with the world, but it seems media outlets go through enormous effort to get the story out to the public before the competition. The problem with this approach is the data loss. First, they need a catchy headline or lead-up that will […]

Questionable Queries – How To Get A Useful Reply To Your Genealogy Questions

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I started to write this post about forming a good query for Facebook groups: how to ask a question in such a way as to get a real and accurate response. In the end, however, I came to the realization that the same sins perpetrated on Facebook crop up in genealogy forums and emails, so […]

Beginning Military Research

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If you’ve never considered the military aspect of genealogy research, you may not know why it can be important to you or your family. The deeper your roots in American history, the more likely you will run into ancestors who served or were at least eligible to serve and were required to inform the government […]