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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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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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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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Ask-the-Pros — Why you should go to a Family History Retreat

Ask-the-Pros — Why you should go to a Family History Retreat

For some time now, Family History Expos has been conducting Family History Retreats at various locations around the country. There are several planned for calendar year 2014. Here is the list of planned Retreats: Family History Retreat at the FamilySearch Library Salt Lake Plaza Hotel 122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84010 April 7 – 12, 2014 Family History Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites 1875 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, ILlinois, 62354 April 23 – 27, 2014 Family History Retreat at … 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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