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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. And they are located in totally different areas of the state. Make a note and remember … Read entire article »

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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.  Children born in places that don’t exist.  Women giving birth at Biblical ages.  Documents cited … Read entire article »

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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 lists, Pennsylvania, Swedish and Danish, US Census, scanning and more. Registered attendees, bring your personal research … Read entire article »

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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 to become an expert.  In the Harvard Business Review there is an article entitled The Making … Read entire article »

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Stephen P. Morse Presents at Family History Expo in Sacramento May 2-3, 2014

Stephen P. Morse Presents at Family History Expo in Sacramento May 2-3, 2014

One-step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse is a website that contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Stephen Morse received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He received the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society  here in the U.S., the first ever Excellence Award from the Association of … Read entire article »

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Some Major Genealogical Libraries and Repositories of Interest

Some Major Genealogical Libraries and Repositories of Interest

There are major collections of genealogically important source materials located in libraries all across the United States. It is very likely that important source material is located in a library nearby where you live and where your ancestors lived. As a genealogical researcher, you cannot afford to ignore local libraries and the collections they contain. While local libraries usually contain valuable information that may not be available at any other location, there are also some major … Read entire article »

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It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

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. Training is imperative and every person must begin with the first four generations. You simply cannot learn what is needed if you start your research where someone else left off. This week we start a series of discussions that will be of interest to the beginner and anyone who wants to leave a legacy for others … Read entire article »

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Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

We love family history and know you do too! Come join us April 7-12, 2014 at the Family History Retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have set up an opportunity for you to learn first hand how to research and use the Family History Library onsite and at home. You don’t have to be a professional to research like one! We have set up this event to assist you in focusing on the principles and … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – Vital Record Substitutes

Question: If you can’t find a vital record in the United States what can you do? Answer: Here are a couple of ideas to help when vital records are hard to find. To figure when civil registration of vital records began is a specific state you can look  ”Redbook” available online through Ancestry. While civil registration is a relatively new tool for learning about ancestors vital recordings there is still hope. Church records are full of great stuff! Different religious organizations had emphasis on different practices but this is a great place to start. Identify the church your ancestor may have attended. Then learn if the records are kept locally or archived regionally. The FamilySearch Library Catalog has large collections of church records be sure to check there. Check for guides to the church … Read entire article »

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16 Documents Associated with a Single Marriage Contract, Really?

This year we are offering a series of Genealogy and Local History Retreats in various cities. At the Retreat we will be assisting attendees to learn about and understand the six basic record types used successfully by professionals to get the best results and break down research barriers that others seem to have such difficulty with. One of the basic record types we will be discussing is “Marriage Records.” You may think, “DOH! That’s a no brainer!” But, did you know at the time a marriage takes place there may be 16 original documents associated with it? Let me describe some of them to you. We’ll break them down into two time periods, before the marriage and after the marriage. Before the Marriage there is evidence of the “Intent to Marry” with … Read entire article »

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