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.

RootsTech-Day 1

I’ve spent the morning monitoring Rootstech from home.  Despite being rather jealous of all those able to attend, I’m grateful to able to check in as my schedule permits.  The opening Keynote addresses this morning were really good.  It was … Continue reading

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The American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)

While researching one of my lines this morning I came across a source I haven’t encountered before – The American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI).  I was surprised to see that the Ancestry articles I found in my Google search was … Continue reading

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UPDATE: About me

I’ve updated the About me page and wanted to post before turning in for the night.

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FamilySearch Accounts for the General Public

I received an email with some exciting news from FamilySearch recently.  The email is quoted below. “The new.familysearch.org website [currently only available to members of the LDS church] will, sometime in the future, become integrated into the familysearch.org website and

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Local Histories

Ancestry Learning Center has a great piece about how to use (and especially verify) information from a local history.  I think the idea applies equally to published family histories.  These volumes can contain a wealth of information, but the memories of those … Continue reading

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What the Heck is an Ahnentafel?

I remember first seeing the word Ahnentafel not long after my first dabbling into genealogy. I didn’t have the slightest idea what it meant, let alone how to pronounce it. Honestly, after 20 years of genealogy and family history work, I … Continue reading

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Free Genealogy/Dedicated Volunteers

The USGenWeb project is one of my favorite free resources to use online.  From the main page you can jump to one of the 50 state pages. From there you can select one of the many county pages for your … Continue reading

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Online Family History Lessons–Free for All!!

FamilySearch and the Midwest Genealogy Center are two great resources for family history research. Not only can they help with your research, but they can teach you how to go about that research too. Online.  FREE!! Both sites have courses … Continue reading

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RootsTech Conference

On February 10-12, 2011 an exciting family history & technology conference is being held in Salt Lake City.  There will be over 100 classes about using technology in family history work. They will also be discussing upcoming technological advances in … Continue reading

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How to bridge the gap between the 1880 & 1900 Census

Bridging the 1890 Census Gap “It’s there staring you in the face as you look over the records you’ve collected for your ancestor; it’s a gap in your research that’s taunting you. Yes, it’s the dreaded 1890 census gap. U.S. … Continue reading

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