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Celebrating and Capturing the Memories Interview Books and CD

Celebrating and Capturing the Memories Interview Books and CD

Are you looking for a place to start with writing your personal history? Would you like to interview someone else to preserve their memories? Use one of our exceptional workbooks to help you capture the memories you want to preserve. Each workbook contains a guide with questions to assist you in writing an expanded history. The books are divided into sections about the person being interviewed, their parents, siblings, places they lived, school days, teenage … Read entire article »

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Celebrating and Capturing Memories in England with Valerie Kelley

Celebrating and Capturing Memories in England with Valerie Kelley

They say “you can’t go home again,” but I actually did and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It all started when my husband and I went about deciding what to do for our 40th wedding anniversary. Our anniversary was Sept. 7th, so we decided to make a trip back to England where I had been born 60 … Read entire article »

Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Correctly Identifying Place Names

Question: How can I tell if a location mentioned in family papers is a town or a county? Answer: Be careful and pay attention to details when considering the name of a location. Place names can create a load of problems for researchers. When you are working with locality be as precise as possible. If someone left information without the details needed you will want to check it out thoroughly before you make a definite decision. Using logic you can at time guess the correct location. For Example: Morgan, Utah is in Morgan County, Utah. But this is not always the case. For Example: Morgan, Georgia is in Calhoun County, Georgia. Not to be confused with Morgan County, Georgia. … Read entire article »

Family History Research Trips for the Determined Genealogist

Family History Research Trips for the Determined Genealogist

Working on hard research often requires research trips to the local area where the family resided. We are often tempted to plan a family vacation to the area where we want to do research in the local records that are not microfilmed or available online. Family History vacations are wonderful if you are looking at the scenery, visiting a cemetery … Read entire article »

If Your Serious About Your Ancestry… Real Genealogy Expertise is Needed

If Your Serious About Your Ancestry… Real Genealogy Expertise is Needed

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Become a genealogy expert and pass this expertise on to your ancestors… Creation and publication of a family tree, a genealogy, a family history is an achievement in truth–at least it should be.  Yet, in print and across the internet are some of the most appalling examples of what we call genealogy: People who live 200 years.  … Read entire article »

Family History Expo June 27-28, 2014

This year our June Family History Expo is being held in Casper, Wyoming. Come join us where you will learn from experts like Ruby Coleman, President of the Nebraska Genealogical Society; Ruth Ellen Maness, AG, former Senior Research Consultant at the Family History library in Salt Lake City, Utah;  Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., President and founder of The Genealogical Institute; and more. Our Exhibitors include: By Land or By Sea; Celebrating Family History; Fort Casper Chapter, NSDAR; Genealogy Presentations; GenSearch and more; Natrona County Genealogical Society, The Genealogical Institute; and Family History Expos will have a booth as well. Classes offered will cover getting organized, Scandinavian, German, using FlipPal, analysis tools, online trees, migration patterns, FamilySearch, immigration, passenger … Read entire article »

Becoming an Expert Genealogist

Becoming an Expert Genealogist

Over the past twelve years we have met many genealogists who ask, “What does it take to become a professional genealogist?” Some say, “I wish I could just pour your brain into mine.” Everyone wants to be an expert. There is nothing wrong with that, the only problem is they want to be an expert overnight. It takes work and effort … Read entire article »

Compiling the Fourth Generation

Compiling the Fourth Generation

As you compile your first three generations it is likely some of the persons you are documenting may still be alive depending on your age. As you move on to the fourth generation most of them will have passed away. All of my grandparents (3rd generation) were deceased by the time I was 15 years old. In my childhood I … Read entire article »

Compiling the Third Generation

Compiling the Third Generation

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. Using your personal family history software on your desktop is important. As have learned there are many online trees and global trees that have been shared by numerous people. Not everyone has taken the … Read entire article »

Compiling the Second Generation

Compiling the Second Generation

After you have gathered and compiled your first generation you begin to recognize tools and documents that will assist you as you begin work on the second generation. At this point I recommend you have a desktop computer software application to assist you with organization. One that will interface with FamilySearch and other websites is recommended. Using a software program will … Read entire article »

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