The Genealogy Interview and Three Ingredients to Success

David HaasGenealogy Blog

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One of the most rewarding types of ancestry and family tree research is conducting the genealogy interview. If you haven’t added this to your task list, you’re missing out. You’re also in for some really nice surprises! These 3 tips below, will help make this experience a total success. Choosing Who To Interview Elderly relatives are a frequent and the … Read More

Tidbits: Don’t Neglect The Neighboring Record

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Don’t Neglect The Neighboring Genealogical Record, 2nd edition.  Updated 2017 Something that happens often is that while researching your family tree you find yourself looking at the image records over and over again. That’s something that I do frequently. They are just plain interesting to review, and So Often I eventually discover a hidden nugget of information that I wasn’t … Read More

I’ve Hit a Brick Wall… Now What?

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Brick Walls in Genealogy and Family Tree research, 2nd edition.  Updated 2017 It happens to everyone. You’re chugging along, having a fantastic time learning about your family tree and sharing with your relatives all of the fascinating facts you’ve discovered. And then it happens. You find that certain someone in your tree that, no matter how hard you try, you … Read More

The Best Free Genealogy Sites and Online Resources

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“Ouch! That genealogy website subscription is really expensive! Do I really want to pay that just to find out where great-grandpa came from?” If you are beginning your search for your ancestors, you may have asked yourself this question. Genealogy websites give researchers access to historical records from all over the world. What you once had to search for in dusty … Read More

Interesting Facts About Scottish Marriages

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Unlike the rest of the UK, Scottish marriage laws were much more lenient. Under Scots law, there were three forms of “irregular marriage”. An irregular marriage could result from: mutual agreement, a public promise followed by consummation cohabitation and repute Also unlike English and Irish laws, the main ingredient in making a marriage legal in Scotland was not whether the … Read More

Citing a Genealogy Source

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Now that you know the importance of documenting where you’ve gotten the information used in your family tree, let’s take a look at what goes into a properly-cited source. If you’re using an online service like FamilySearch or Ancestry, your work is mostly done for you as you can attach source documents directly to an individual’s record. It usually looks … Read More

Third Cousin Once Removed? How do I know?

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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One of the first questions I get asked, when people find out of my interest in genealogy is “what about all that cousins first removed stuff’? Sometimes that is not a simple answer. But for you readers, help is just a click away. The internet has many charts that show family relationships. Below I have links to a few of … Read More

Dig Up Your Past for Free Using FindaGrave.com

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One of the best free resources for finding burial records, obituaries, and more is FindAGrave.com. The entries come from predominantly North American cemeteries, but there are a handful of records from around the world: over 132 million total records are currently available. The site allows you to search by name, with the option to include maiden names as well, or … Read More

Do You Have Canadian Roots? Plan to Attend the Great Canadian Genealogy Summit

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, Brampton from Oct 21-23 2016. On October 21, we have arranged a day at the Ontario Archives. And better still, for those with United Empire Loyalist ancestors we are offering a workshop with the Dominion Genealogist at the Archives. She will share her expertise on what … Read More

Scottish Emigration Schemes

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Following the Highland Clearances, many of these families took advantage of emigration schemes which saw them transported to Canada, the Colonies of America and Australia. Young Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk was instrumental in assisting many of these displaced highlanders in obtaining land in Canada. Douglas first became aware of these displaced families when he visited the highlands as a … Read More

Researching Scottish Death, Burial and Lair Records

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Some of the best resources for genealogy research are death records. This isn’t limited to statutory records, but included burial records, cemetery records, and lair records as well. While we all learn to use monumental inscriptions, we have to bear in mind that until the 1700s, very few people in Scotland had headstones, and in fact, few cemeteries existed. Many rural … Read More

Next-level Hints for Using Census Records

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You’re pretty well-versed in the basics of using census records to help you in your genealogy research. You are ready to take it to the next level! Here are three tricks you might not yet have in your ancestor-finding toolbox, and they might help you find that one person you’ve been searching for. 1. If your family is at the … Read More

Census Records: A Wealth of Information

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Census records can really be a great source of information.  If you’ve never reviewed a census record, here is what you should know: Names of all people and their relationship to the head of household This is the purpose of the census at its core: to enumerate, or list, everyone living at a particular address at that time.  As you … Read More

Beginners Tips for Creating an Online Family Tree

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Once you’ve started your research process, you’ll find that you want a way to keep everything together and nicely organized. You may even find that your family members are curious – even excited! – and want to see all the hard work you’ve been doing. Here are some beginners tips for creating a website or online family tree that all of your … Read More

Are You Using Soundex for Ancestry Name Search?

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Do you use soundex? *crickets chirping* If utter silence and some amount of confusion were your reaction when you read that, you’re not alone. Many people who are interested in learning more about their family tree may be missing out on one small search tool that could help in big ways: namely, soundex. What, exactly, IS soundex? According to the … Read More

The Unsung Genealogy Heroes

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Last month, we learned of the Genealogy Rock Stars. This is an annual event hosted by blogger John Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections. This year, the announcement of the Rock Star winners in various areas caused a lot of chatter. More Americans than Canadians on the Canada list. Only a handful of the nearly 200 nominees made the top 10 lists. … Read More

What About Ancestry DNA Tests?

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I think everyone in the genealogy community has wondered about ancestry DNA tests. Should you get one? Do they help? How accurate is DNA testing for genealogy? Can the DNA test tell us exactly where we came from? Can it help us trace back accurately through generations to every single line of descent? There are many reasons to want to … Read More

Six Steps for Contacting Distant Relatives

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It may have been a long search, but you’ve accomplished something exciting – you’ve found a distant relative, and you’re ready to reach out. The trick lies in making that initial connection. Here are six steps for contacting distant relatives that you won’t want to miss out on. 1. Use the right form of technology Just because you’ve found your … Read More

3 Tips for Getting the Most from Ancestry.com as a New User

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If you are new to Ancestry.com or just signed up, here are some quick tips that should help you get started! 1.Be aware that Ancestry offers both free and subscription-based accounts. When creating an account, you can set it up as free, free 14-day trial (after which point it converts to a paid subscription), or a paid subscription. What you … Read More