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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 years earlier to commemorate both our anniversary and my 60th birthday. I had not been back … 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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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 or two and taking pictures. But if you are a determined genealogist working on a … 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 »

Filed under: Family History Education, Friends of FHExpos, Newsletter

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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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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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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