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March 23, 2014

Compiling your first and second generations assists you in building skills and understanding the tools and document types that are helpful in building a correct family history.

Compiling your first and second generations assists you in building skills and understanding the tools and document types that are helpful in building a correct family history.

January 25, 2014

Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one. Simply learn to do it right the first time and fix it right for future generations, and you will have some great (fun and interesting) training material for them when they are ready to begin. 

Family history is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history and always maintain that you can research like a professional even if you are not one.

December 28, 2013

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

Last week I wrote about Family History Expos coming to Morgan (see information below).  This week there is additional information about the event.

July 6, 2012

The Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch is a world-renowned Irish researcher.  Irish records are challenging and often necessitate a visit to Ireland to fully research the records.  He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to visit Ireland. You GET to visit Ireland.”

The Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch is a world-renowned Irish researcher.  Irish records are challenging and often necessitate a visit to Ireland to fully research the records.  He is fond of saying, “You don’t have to visit Ireland. You GET to visit Ireland.”

May 5, 2012

The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12.  Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.  

 

The National Genealogical Society conference is coming up this year in Cincinnati, May 9-12.  Each year this represents one of the best opportunities to meet other genealogists, and learn from some of the best researchers in the nation.  

February 4, 2012

There is a troubling trend worldwide, for genealogists, that seems to be taking root here in the United States.  For many years, The National Archives of the United Kingdom has been making money on the records over which they have stewardship.  They have entered into partnerships with commercial entities and receive royalties for many of the records that are published online.  The National Archives of Sweden has followed suit and is now charging for access to their records.  

February 4, 2012

A few years ago a new site emerged online with a large number of fully searchable newspapers.  The site is GenealogyBank.com and it contains information on millions of American families from 1690 to the present from over 5,800 newspapers.  There are more than twenty newspapers in Utah alone that are searchable on the site.  

A few years ago a new site emerged online with a large number of fully searchable newspapers.  The site is GenealogyBank.com and it contains information on millions of American families from 1690 to the present from over 5,800 newspapers.  There are more than twenty newspapers in Utah alone that are searchable on the site.  

January 16, 2012

There are many online blogs relating to family history, but one of the best is Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter (EOGN) which is located at blog.eogn.com .  Dick Eastman, who writes the blog, has long been one of the best voices in what is happening in the family history world.  He attends all of the major conferences, and covers news from all of the major genealogical players.  He also writes about technology.  His practical approach to technology is a great addition to those who follow the newsletter and have an interest in learning how to use technology in their lives and to pursue family history.

There are many online blogs relating to family history, but one of the best is Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter (EOGN) which is located at blog.eogn.com .  Dick Eastman, who writes the blog, has long been one of the best voices in what is happening in the family history world.  He attends all of the major conferences, and covers news from all of the major

November 7, 2011

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  In genealogy, a picture can be worth many hours of research.  Seeing your research in new ways can help you to detect errors, see patterns, and identify new opportunities for research.

 

October 6, 2011

If you missed rootstech last year and you love both genealogy and technology, or if you just want to learn more about the technology of genealogy then now is the time to act.  rootstech registration has opened and the Early Bird registration is $129 until November 30.  The normal registration cost is $189.

 

September 22, 2011

Vital records refer to the records of birth, marriage, and death.  They represent the key genealogical phases in an individual’s life, and are the most universally kept records.  The history of vital records in the United States has been, and continues to be, one filled with inconsistencies.  This has made US research more challenging.

 

September 1, 2011

The heart of genealogy is the evidence that forms our conclusions.  We search for clues of our ancestors among the records of the past.  All of genealogical research focuses on a name, a place, and a time.  Finding that elusive record that contains our ancestor is the key to success.

 

August 4, 2011

When many individuals begin family history there seems to be a race to go backwards in time.  It seems like whenever individuals get together to discuss family history the first topic is something like, “My Patterson line goes back to 1620.”  There is peer pressure and some satisfaction in tracing family lines back as far as possible.

 

July 28, 2011

During our school years each of us learns about the scientific method.  We develop theories, test them, and then draw conclusions from the tests.  Once conclusions have been validated they are reviewed by peers in the field in order to identify any flaws in the research or conclusions.  This method has been at the heart of nearly all major scientific discoveries.  

 

July 21, 2011

Over the past two weeks I have looked at many family photos as we prepared for my mother-in-law’s funeral, and it reminded me of all the clues that are hidden inside each photograph.  Many times we inherit or are sent photos by other family members.  Most of the time there is no indication of who is pictured in the photo or how they are related.  Sometimes one or two individuals are known, but the rest are a mystery.  There are many things inside photos that can help to date them, provide clues to where they were taken, and tell who is contained in the photographs.

 

July 19, 2011

United States research is interesting.  It can be some of the most challenging research that can be undertaken.  Even up to the present the United States does not have a federal registry for births and marriages.  The social security death index is probably the closest thing we have to a national death index.

 

December 31, 2010

Often as I am working with genealogists they express sadness that they cannot get more members of their family to become engaged in family history.  Many of them have been doing family history for years.  Sometimes they have rooms full of information on their research and no one in their family with which they can share it.

December 13, 2010

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

One of the most daunting tasks in family history can be just getting started. “Where do I begin? “ Is one of the most common questions I am asked. Like many things in family history the answer is simple, and not so simple.

September 25, 2010

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

Is your family dead-ended on a research problem related to immigration?  The following are a few techniques and websites to help you in your genealogical quest.

September 19, 2010

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.

Julie Miller, a genealogist with whom I have worked over the past few years writes a column for The Broomfield Enterprise.  She recently wrote and article which started me thinking.  Her article focused on the fact that while the Internet is a great resource, not everything can be found online.