Tag Archives: family history

Don’t forget the card catalog

After replying to a request from an Ancestry.com message for some information on a shared ancestor, I started doing a little more digging on that particular line. In my web searching, I happened to stumble across a county history/biography/genealogy that … Continue reading

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You may not be searching all the records at FamilySearch

How do you use FamilySearch for family history research? Do you search from the home screen? Do you use the newer filtering search they’ve implemented? Have you ever browsed through or search their list of collections? FamilySearch has over 2 billion … Continue reading

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I’m going to RootsTech 2012

I got my registration finalized today for RootsTech 2012. I’m really excited about attending. Last year I tried to participate online as much as I could with web streams, but it was clear I was missing a lot that was … Continue reading

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New Display for FamilySearch?

Last week I received an email invitation to take part in a research survey from FamilySearch.  It concerned the way information would be displayed for an individual and their family members.  It’s easier to show you the two proposed displays … 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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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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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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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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