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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 had only one great-grandparent (4th generation) living and she was very dear to me and … Read entire article »

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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 time to learn the skills and taken classes that assist in analyzing research. You are … Read entire article »

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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 assist in organization and quick retrieval of your data. I use Celebrating My Family Tree … Read entire article »

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Compiling the First Generation

Compiling the First Generation

Many people who become involved in family history research look at what other people have already completed on their common lines and then begin research where the first blank appears. There is a reason that Grandma or Aunt Clara stopped where they did. It was hard research! As you prepare yourself to do hard research get yourself trained to do it right from the beginning. First things first. Compile and document your 1st Generation first. Your story, … Read entire article »

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It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

It’s a Four-Generation Celebration

Family History is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not yet 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 … Read entire article »

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Ringing in the New Year Online

Ringing in the New Year Online

Holiday music is played continually from November through January. For many people, listening to holiday favorites and going to musical recitals and concerts is a major part of the holiday season. Some us enjoy listening to music online and downloading it too. What music is a part of your holiday memories? What about your ancestors? Most of us are familiar with the holiday classics, but what about other songs that may have been sung in years … Read entire article »

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New Events for 2014

New Events for 2014

We would like to wish our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2013 has truly been a wonderful ‘Birthday Year’ for Family History Expos. Each of you have played a big part in the celebration. During the past ten years we have organized and executed literally hundreds of events. Personally, I (Holly) have listened to thousands of fascinating family history research and brick wall stories, thanks for sharing. I have also heard many … Read entire article »

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Rocking the Cradle

My son enjoys panning for Gold. He has different types of equipment that he hauls to various places to pursue his hobby. The method he uses is somewhat different than that used in 1849. Because of my interest in history and my son’s interest in panning for gold,  I recognized what Elijah Allen Spooner was talking about in his diary where he wrote of his experiences during the California Gold Rush in 1849-50. This diary is available online through the BYU Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collections along with several other dairies http://overlandtrails.byu.edu/. Elijah records, “But it is rather a tedious business, taking it all round, for we have to be a man of all sorts of work, and a house maid besides. Have to cook, wash dishes, make beds, wash … Read entire article »

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RootsTech was Just the Right Medicine

As a genealogy and family history event planner I don’t always get to attend the classes and take notes at our Expos because I’m so busy with administrative responsibilities. It was a real pleasure to attend classes every hour, to meet and greet friends and bloggers in the exhibit hall. The days flew by so fast it is amazing. This was just the shot in the arm I needed as we are planning our next events. We got the scoop on what is new with FamilySearch and we can bring that to you via our Expos. One of my favorite classes was an Un-Conferencing session with Gordon Clarke moderating a panel discussion. The panel consisted of programmers from RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Ancestral Quest, and AncestorSync. The talked about Desktop Genealogy and/or Online … Read entire article »

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Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

This evening official RootsTech bloggers will descend on Salt Lake City, we are all excited to learn and share all that we can with you. If you are attending RootsTech it is a sure bet you will not be able to attend every class on your wish list. But you can depend on others attending classes to be blogging, tweeting, and talking about their experiences via social media too. For those of you who are not … Read entire article »

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