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Ask -the-Pros — Question and Answer — Why is the Family History Library Important?

Question: Why is the Family History Library important when there is so much available online? Answer: All the collections housed in the Family History Library (FHL) are not online. This is the largest collection in the world. You can easily research records in multiple counties or countries in one day just by moving from one floor to another. Many of the records that have been microfilmed over the past 100 years are only available in Salt Lake City at the FHL. Some of the older records in churches and government repositories are made available through the FHL when the originals are too fragile to touch in person. Many state archives in the US have large collections available through the FHL. Come to a Retreat and learn how to access them quickly and easily. With the … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer — Old Style Handwriting

Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer — Old Style Handwriting

Question: How do you read old documents accurately? Can I learn to do this myself? Answer: The study of old handwriting is called paleography. There are many guides and helps available to us today. Classes taught at family history events and online. Whether you are reading a will, a census page, colonial records, even a stranger’s handwriting it takes practice. Each time I read the census I study the handwriting by looking at easy to decipher names and then … Read entire article »

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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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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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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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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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