Author Archives: Kevin

About Kevin

Im a husband, father of 4, amateur genealogist, technophile, attorney, gardener, and boy scout leader. I've taught several free courses for beginners on family history. I enjoy connecting with other genealogists & helping people discover their ancestors.

Civl War Soldiers & Saliors System

I recently came across a new source for information on those who served in the civil war. It’s called the Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System. What I didn’t expect was to find that it wasn’t maintained by the National … Continue reading

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Cemetery “Data Mining”

Call it a method. Call it a resource. Whatever you call it, I’ve stumbled into something that is providing a wealth of information about non-direct line ancestors. Depending on the amount of information one has in their personal genealogy, I … Continue reading

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Exporting from Ancestry.com to NFS

One of the biggest drawbacks to using New Family Search (NFS) for me has always been documenting information with sources. It is, without a doubt, the clunkiest part of the user interface in NFS. I started using NFS in 2008 … Continue reading

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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Movies

When I was a kid my best friend and I used to go to the movies all the time…especially during the summer. The theater was in a very large outdoor shopping center

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CamScanner – RootsTech

One of the RootsTech sessions I wish I could have attended was on genealogy apps for smartphones.  unfortunately, I was an ‘at home’ attendee.  Luckily, there was a very healthy twitter stream from those who were actually in attendance.  One … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Obituary

This is the obituary of my 2nd great grandmother.  When times get hard, I remember this statement from the end of the obit. Her’s was a long and painful life and when the time came for her to say goodbye … Continue reading

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Geotagging with Google Maps

Even though I couldn’t attend RootsTech, I was inspired with several great ideas for family history.  One was using Google Maps to geotag family history locations and then share it with my family. It’s really simple to set up and … Continue reading

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Iowa Graves Registration

  I have quite a number of ancestors that lived in the Davenport area along the Mississippi River through the late 1800’s.  About half of them have been really easy to find. The other half… A very useful resource for … Continue reading

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Prepping to teach FamilySearch/New FamilySearch class

I’m finalizing my preparation for a class I’m teaching this weekend on NFS & FamilySearch.  Had a great turnout last month and hoping for another good group.  I love helping people discover features that are less than obvious within the … Continue reading

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FamilySearch YouTube Channel

Another great find from those tweeting at Rootstech.   FamilySearch has it’s own YouTube channel.  From the videos they’ve got posted, it looks like they just started posting in Oct 2010, but more than half were posted in 2011. You … Continue reading

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