Basics of Genealogy
Backing Up Your Genealogy Data
Guest Author, Elyse Doerflinger, has written a wonderful blog on backing up your computer files. There are things that we can do to prevent this from being a complete loss of work. With permission, I would like to share with you Elyse’s article on “Backing Up Your Genelaogy Data.”
Breaking Brickwall Tips in your Names
There are times when we are doing research that we find ourselves just hitting brick walls. But, as determined researchers we continue to try and solve the family mystery. Here are some examples of problems I encountered recently and how I solved them. Hopefully, it might help you as well.
Can We Link to Adam & Eve?
A goal for many a researcher is proving his line to Adam and Eve. Many researchers have claimed this has been done for their lines. I wondered if this, in reality, could be done
Casefile Clues for Beginners
In the past I have written about Casefile Clues written by Michael John Neill. He has found that many just getting started could benefit from the same format, but on a beginner level. He has just announced the formation of Casefile Clues for Beginners.
Cemetery, Death & Obituary Links
CEMETERY, DEATH AND OBITUARY LINKS
Cite Sources As You Research
Finding our ancestors is more than a hobby to a lot of family researchers. A lot of us take it very seriously and want to trace our families as far back as we can, but at the same time as accurately as we can. Are we citing our sources for ourselves and others as we research?
City directories are a wonderful resource that some researchers do not take advantage of. Not all directories are the same, but they all have some basic information. Come learn more!
Cyndi´s List of Genealogy Links [offsite link]
The mother of all genealogy link sites. Includes more than 122,000 links to information in 150 categories.
DearMyrtle´s Daily Genealogy Column [offsite link]
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The death date is one of the vital things we need as we research our ancestors. We know once they have died, any other documentation will be limited on them after that date. That is why resources like death certificates and the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) is so vital to our research.
Disease Terminology M-N
Disease terminology you may find on Death Certificates M-N
We tend to document our families or those we are doing research for, but what about “YOU”. Are you thinking about the records, documents, certificates, and resources that YOU are creating and citing those sources? Who is documenting/citing YOU?
Documenting Your Lineage
One of reasons some do family history is to join a genealogical, historical or hereditary society and/or organization. While each of these groups have their unique qualifications in order to join, most of them require documenting their lineage from the person applying to the qualifying ancestor.
Factors That Influence Your Research
It is very important when doing family history to know what is going on in the community around your families. It could very well make a difference in discovering your ancestors and saving you time in knowing possible sources and/or dead ends. Here are some of the things to be on the watch for.
Genealogists spend a lot of their time trying to find vital records – births, marriages and deaths for our family members. While some of us seek out census records and certificates for these events, some of us are lucky to have all that information in the comfort of our own homes - the family bible!
Family History Consultants can meet with members and provide fun interactive ways to learn about Family History and Temple related topics. Here are some examples...
Finding Death Information
There are many things we document when researching our ancestors. Death is one of the first things, (along with birth and marriage) that we try to solve on an individual.Come learn more on how to discover death information.
Gen-Newbie [offsite link]
Email list for compter and/or geneology newcomers. Sponsored by Rootsweb.
Genealogy researchers come in all levels of development. All of us are at different levels of genealogical comprehension.
Genealogical Databases of a Different Type
I have started making a point of looking at genealogical databases of a different type, other than the ones I have usually gone to – Ancestry and FamilySearch. I have had some wonderful success. Come learn more...
Here are some wonderful genealogical events you might want to consider for the upcoming year. The friends and networking opportunities, along with the knowledge you will gain, will well be worth the financial commitment.
A genealogy/historical webinar is an online event that is hosted by a company or organization to a group of people who have registered for the event via the Internet. It allows a speaker to share PowerPoint presentations, etc. Come learn more!
Genealogy Advice for Future Generations
Amy Coffin of the "We Tree Genealogy Blog" has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History. This week’s challenge is to offer future generations some advice. Come read my advice, then share yours in the forum!
Many of us are on the go and take our iPhones and iPads with us. There are some great apps you can download to take your family history with you. There are many apps available now, some free and some for a fee. Here are some I found, in no particular order, that you might like to try out.
Genealogy Documentation is listing your sources for the data you find during your research.
Genealogy Education Review
Genealogy Education is a key part of learning how to do family research in a way to help you learn the skills needed to find your ancestors and the clues they left behind. As I researched to see what educational opportunities there were for those who wish to enhanced their skills, I was amazed to se
Goals are something that most of us try to do, usually at the beginning of a new year. While our goals may be something we do for our jobs, family or education, we should also consider writing separate genealogy goals. Come learn more...
Most genealogists realize early on the importance of networking with others. This networking community of family researchers offers the following benefit. Come learn more...
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Genealogy Tips to aid in Research
Getting Started [offsite link]
Series of articles for beginners from Ancestry.com.
Getting Started in Genealogy & Links
So you have decided to do a family history genealogy search. How do you begin with one of your ancestors if you only know a name and a place?
Helm´s Genealogy Toolbox [offsite link]
Comprehensive site with several categories of links. The site is easy to navigate and packed with information.
How to start tracing your family history [offsite link]
Nice step-by-step guide to getting started in genealogy from Origins.net.
I Can’t Find the Record
There may be times you have trouble locating a document, record, census or family. There are several reasons why this might occur, and knowing what they may be might help you locate the records.
Informant's Knowledge and Memories
Sometimes information given on genealogical documents are only as accurate as the informant’s knowledge and memories. The information given may be incorrect or just part of it is correct; it may not be given in error intentionally, the mistaken facts can lead us as researches in wrong directions.
ISFHWE Excellence in Writing Competition
The International Society of Family History Writers & Editors (ISFHWE) are currently taking submissions for their “Excellence in Writing” contest. This is a wonderful way for you to take that information you learned about your ancestor and write about it. Then, submit to the ISFHWE contest.
More Than Just Names
Guest Editor Terrie Lynn Bittner (LDS Families) shares an article telling us how she brings her ancestor's to life.
Pedigrees and Family Group Sheets
With the shows like “WDYTYA” and “Genealogy Roadshow", more people are starting to show an interest in discovering their ancestry. There are many resources out there, but I believe we still need to start probably where our grandmother’s did all those years ago – the pedigree & family group sheets.
When someone dies, their estate may go through the Probate process. This record can generate data that can be helpful when researching your family. Probate Records can be of great benefit to you as you do your research.
Promoting Genealogical Societies
Genealogical Societies have noticed a decline in their membership with the economy having most of us tightening our financial belts. Those in leadership positions are questioning what they can do to promote their membership and make others feel their monies are well spent in joining their Society.
Revisiting Family Lines
I have revisited some family lines that had me hitting the “brick wall”. With so many new databases being released & new websites available, I was hopeful something I missed before would help me in furthering my research.Here are examples of recent discoveries I have found.
School Sales to Stock Genealogy Items
School is starting up again. The stores are having their “Back to School” specials, and students are not the only ones taking advantage of these savings.
The Importance of the Original
I attended a seminar led by Michael John Neill. He mentioned something that I had not thought much about-the importance of noting the type of document you are looking at – is it an original or a copy? Have you ever thought about why this is so important and how it might apply to your research?
The Orphan Train Kids
In the mid 1800’s there was a problem that was getting continually worse in the large cities such as New York and Chicago, among others. Many children were living on the streets, some of them just young kids with nowhere to live, sleep or eat. These kids eventually became known as Orphan Train Kids.
Use Caution Merging Family Trees
Many times I have been asked if it is ok to merge your family tree with another person with the same family. They usually have so many more generations than we do; it would be nice to add so many generations to our tree. I have to caution you to think long & hard before you do this!
USGenWeb [offsite link]
A must for every U.S. researcher. Contains links to every county in each of the 50 states.
Using Your GeneaSenses
I have been doing research and coming across wrong information submitted to many different websites. I am wishing researchers would use their Geneasense. Come learn more!
Year in Review Genealogy Aids
New Years is just a few weeks away and I have been giving thought to things that helped me this past year in doing my research. The following are things that helped me and they might help you as well. This is my year in review on techniques I have used and benefitted from.
Your Story To Tell
Imagine going through your grandmother’s attic and finding her mother’s journal. How exciting to read how your great grandmother lived, her thoughts, her opinions, her trials and the day to day things she jotted down.
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