Genealogy How To

Here is where you will find everything after the beginners articles. If you need to know you will find it here.

Gift Ideas for Genealogists star
A family history gift is a special way to tell someone how much you care for them. Sometimes finding that unique gift is hard to do. There are gifts you can get for the “genealogy addict” that will make them smile. Come learn more!

A Marriage Could Have Changed Many A Surname star
Researching my ancestors has taught me that a marriage could have changed many a surname. I was very surprised as I delved deeper into my research to learn how many women in the 1800’s decided never to marry.

ABCs of Using a Genealogy Forum star
When you´ve hit a brick wall in your research, it can be helpful to turn to the web. Someone else might have the information you´ve been searching for.

Beginning Family History star
A lot of people ask me how to get started in doing their genealogy. While there are many different ways, I can share with you some of the things I have done in genealogical research.

Buildling for Others star
Building for others as you do your genealogical research is very important. Many genealogist wonder why the need to document everything they research-whether a negative or positive source. It is so important to remember that you just never know who may be coming behind you years from now.

Casefile Clues Assessment star
Casefile Clues is Michael John Neill's weekly how-to genealogy column. Casefile Clues is not copied and pasted text from other articles or press-releases. Rather, it is fresh material drawn from Michael's own research experiences in nearly twenty states and seven foreign countries.

Civil War Genealogy Information star
The Civil War has become a popular research topic in the past few years. Learn just how much genealogy information on the Civil War you can find out on line.

College for the Genealogist star
Many of us are writing our Genea-lists out for the upcoming year. Educational opportunities will be somewhere on that list for most of us. I want to suggest a genealogy educational idea to add to your list.

Conquering the Paper Monster Released star
Elyse Doerflinger – author of the popular e-book Conquering The Paper Monster Once and For All - has released a video recording of the Conquering The Paper Monster Lecture. Elyse has presented this lecture at various genealogy societies and has finally recorded it for the entire world to see!

Excellence in Writing Competition - ISFHWE star
The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2016 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is now open for entries through 15 June 2016. Come learn more!

Family Health Assessment star
For years now the US Surgeon General has been telling us the importance of getting a family health assessment.

Forensic Genealogy Institute Announced star
The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG)created an advanced course in the fall of 2011. CAFG recently announced the first Forensic Genealogy Institute. It will be held October 25 through October 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, at the Wyndham Dallas Love Field hotel.

GeneaBuddy System star
The New Year is a great time to reevaluate our goals.There are many areas that we might consider setting goals for. Resolutions are very personal and you should make them based on your time, abilities and need. You even might consider getting a GeneaBuddy to set goals with

Genealogical Brick Wall Tips star
We all have our own personal genealogical brick walls that we just can’t seem to break through. Here are some tips that might help you in this endeavor.

Genealogy Abbreviations & Acronyms A-F star
Here are some Abbreviations & Acronyms that you might come across when doing your genealogical research.

Genealogy Abbreviations & Acronyms G-Z star
Genealogy Abbreviations & Acronyms that can be useful in doing genealgoical research.

Genealogy Basics star[offsite link]

Genealogy Education star
Getting an education in Genealogy is important to learn the tools to research.

Genealogy Evidence! star
Evidence! by Elizabeth Shown Mills gives guidelines for documenting sources and answsers the questions about our information, "where did it come from? and who produced it?"

Genealogy Family & Friends star
Tips to help stay organized with genealogy family and friends.

Genealogy News star[offsite link]
Hundreds of RSS Genealogy News Headlines.

Genealogy Sharing star
Sharing genealogy and trusting your family history with others is important. There are issues such as permission and privacy to consider before merging your documents and sources.

Genealogy Sources star
Sources in genealogy can be classified in two types. Primary sources are the ones we hope to find, but secondary are very important in the research process.

Genealogy Travel Kit star
At one point we all have to travel to do our genealogy research. Having the right tools can help us in our endeavors. Here are some items researchers should have during their genealogy travels. star[offsite link]
This site has all the US Cesus Records

Getting the Family Involved in Family Research star
There are those times when it is a great idea to get the rest of the family involved in Family Research. Explain to them what genealogy is, why you do it. It may take the mystery out of it. It may make them more understanding of what you do. Here are some ideas of things to do with your family:

Google Earth Aids Genealogy star
Google Earth is a free download that gives you satelite pictures of Earth and all of its features. This new site can assist in Genealogy research.

Having Fun with Genealogy star
Genealogy is a passion for many of us. Many of us also do arts and crafts. What could be more fun than to try and combine the two passions!

Health Pedigrees star
Health Pedigrees are becoming important to create to aid in early intervention in medical issues.

Indentured Servants star
Indentured servants was the first type of slavery in Colonial America. Religion, politics and convicts became indentured servants to come to a new land and seek freedom.

Keeping Contacts for Future Reference star
Contacts become very important as you do your research. There are different categories of contacts that you may want to keep records of. Some you will use often, but others only occasionally. Here are some contacts that I have found as I have done my genealogical research.

Land Records star
There are many types of land records-title abstracts, land purchases, grant, and more. Land records are typically one of the records kept from the very early days of settlement in an area and may be available when other records are not.

Land Records star
Land records are a transfer of real (not personal) property. Come read more about how land records can help you in your research.

Legal Terms in Genealogy star
Legal documents are often researched when documenting for genealogy data. Knowing the meanings of legal terminology can help in research.

Lisa Alzo's LIfe Stories Webinar Review star
I have mentioned Genealogy Webinars lately and how much they can educate you in doing your Family Research. I attended a webinar by Lisa Alzo this weekend that was amazing. I want to share with you just a portion of what I learned.

Message Boards star
Message Boards and how they can assist in research

NARA the National Archived and Records Administration. star[offsite link]

Paperless Society star
Recently something happened to make me concerned about our society becoming a paperless society. Letters, documents, all types of paper sources are an important factor in genealogy documentation.

Questions for a Genealogy Interview star
Don´t put off interviewing your older family members. You might find that your continued "I´ll do it sometime" ends up running out of time

Records for Genealogy star[offsite link]
A message board with 300 Million Searchable Records

Sharing and Receiving Photographs star
My thoughts today are about pictures. So many times I look at pictures at a family’s home and think to myself, “one day I’ll ask for a copy of this” or “I wonder who is in this picture, one day I will have to figure that out”. Do not delay. Here are tips on getting and sharing photographs.

Social Security Numbers star
Social Security Numbers - What are they?

Sources Can Have Errors star
An important part of family research is documenting your family’s important life events. While looking at sources you have collected for your families you are researching, be careful when using the data on these forms. Even primary sources have been known to have errors.

Text & IM Abbreviations star
Recently I went on a retreat with some fellow Southwest students and faculty. Some of us were not “freshly out of High School” as some of the students. We are older and wiser in some areas; but, during our conversation we confessed our lack of knowledge in the texting and IM abbreviations.

The Interview - Getting Ready star
Learn how to prepare to interview for genealogical research.

Time Saving Tips star
Time is something a genealogist holds dear; there never seems to be enough hours in a day. Here are some tips to try and find more time to devote to family research.

Top Things to Do at star[offsite link]
Whether you´re just starting out or a seasoned professional, we have a variety of resources to help you find your ancestors. Try a few today and you´ll be on your way to finding your family story.

USGenWeb Project star[offsite link]

Using Family Search star
Learn how to use a website that contains a lot of information, is well organized and has searching capabilities.

Using Your Genealogy Research star
Discovering your family ancestry can be very rewarding, especially when it is a ancestor you had to struggle to prove lineage of. Once you get your family information as far back as you can, or gotten to that “brick wall” you just can not seem to break, what should you do with all that data?

Using Your Genealogy Research star
Discovering your family ancestry can be very rewarding, especially when it is a ancestor you had to struggle to prove lineage of. Once you get your family information as far back as you can, or gotten to that “brick wall” you just can not seem to break, what should you do with all that data?

Volunteer for Genealogy Work! star
There are so many incredible resources now available on the web, from cemetery lists to census reports and much more. These were all made available by volunteers - regular people just like you!

WDYTYA 2 Announced star
Who Do You Think You Are, the show sharing family histories to famous people, was a huge hit last year. February 4, 2011, the first show will feature Vanessa Williams. Also revealed this season include Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Ashley Judd, Tim McGraw, Rosie O’Donnell and Lionel Richie.

Writing for Genealogy Information in a Foreign Language star
Let´s say you´ve traced your ancestors to Germany, or Poland, or Italy, or somewhere else that does not have English as a primary language. What do you do now?

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