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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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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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Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

Important Websites to Help Your Research – Part Five

In this final article in this series, we will cover one of the most important parts of any genealogical research. There are basically three things you need to know to identify an ancestor: a name, a date and a place. Of these three, the most important, by far is the place. Names can vary over time and be spelled in a multiple of ways. Dates can be vague or unavailable. In order to find an … Read entire article »

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