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  • Hints Using Genealogy Blogs

    Aug 4

    Even the most experienced family history researcher needs a few hints to help solve those 'brick walls'. A couple sources would be to follow specific online blogs that tend to specialize in certain areas, locations or research problems. So the following are couple such blogs that might interest you. FAMILY TREE KNOTS When we say 'brick walls th...

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  • How to Approach Doing the Research

    Apr 21

    You will find that the approach to doing your family history can make a world of difference on your success. Number one - do not expect to locate all family lineage and information in a matter of a few months. It is a large puzzle that was decades in the making and can not be totally solved in a short time. Next - be patient. This mixes with the ...

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  • Why Are You Doing This Research??

    Mar 23

    Are you motivated to truly put the time and effort into learning your family history? Yes, it does take work and can not be done in a few days. So here are a few points to help keep you sincerely impelled to do the best research you can. Answer the personal question - who are you and how did you get here? It is only by learning about your parents...

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  • Wit and Wisdom in Genealogy

    Feb 25

    Just to add a touch of humor and maybe a laugh or two to your day, here are a few selected humorous sayings, phrases, thoughts that just might strike a cord with your own family history research. Enjoy! From Mark Twain: “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”  Genealogists are time travelers. If you don’t tend you...

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  • Did You Try This Approach to Find an Ancestor?

    Feb 19

    Some things can be very simple once it dawns on you there may be another approach to finding a specific ancestor. Several of these you may have tried, but it only takes ONE to open the door to a mystery ancestor. First, not everyone stayed forever in their hometown even if the rest of their family did. Many individuals set out on their own to a ne...

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  • Find Extra Documents with FamilySearch

    Feb 13

    FamilySearch.org has massive files done by volunteers to index censuses, draft cards, death certificates, and other similar records that were made on pre-printed forms because the information contained in them is consistent and standardized. Those are the easy records to make available for your researching of an ancestor. What can be difficult are...

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  • Useful Ideas when Searching on Google

    Jan 25

    Google is a great search engine for finding just about anything, but not necessarily your family tree. However, here are a few ideas to improve your chances of finding more about a hometown, a business or an ancestor using Google. First, narrow the search. Place quote marks (") around the names or keywords you are searching. If it is a person's na...

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  • Baffling Ancestors – Some Hints

    Jan 15

    Everyone has more than one elusive ancestor in their direct lineage or extended family line. It can be quite baffling for a family researcher to find our details on that person. Here are a few hints and suggestions to help in the process. If you have found their death date and a possible location, search for a Will on file. Those legal documents ...

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  • A Little Productive Time Pays Dividends

    Dec 31

    For the new year here are ideas to increase your knowledge of your ancestors. How about setting aside a short period of time once a week, every other weekend or even once a month to do some research on your family tree? Here are a few approaches: Create a 'To-Do List' - start with just a few of the resources (census, state archives, military reco...

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  • Using Rootsweb.com

    Dec 15

    Rootsweb.com is a free genealogy website providing worldwide source for learning, collaborating and sharing for the expert and novice alike on family trees. The site, (part of Ancestry.com, but free) provides access to huge transcribed records from volunteer researchers, and contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for trac...

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