How to Preserve Old Documents, Photographs and Files?

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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One of the most asked questions on genealogy blogs and in Facebook genealogy groups is how to preserve old genealogy documents, papers, photographs, and digital files. WHEW! Big questions and no easy answer. Preservation vs Conversation These two terms are used sometimes interchangeably, but really have different meanings. Preservation activities are those that help to prolong the life of a genealogy … Read More

Packing for the Cemetery: Genealogy Style

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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I just LOVE visiting cemeteries. My mom would just laugh if she were alive to hear that. Grow-ing up, my mom and aunt would take my grandma to three cemeteries every year. They made a day of it. I would go sometimes too. My grandma loved it, but I’m not so sure about my mom and aunt! My mom’s gone … Read More

Using Twitter for Genealogy

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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The first question might be “just what is Twitter anyway?” Well, simply put, Twitter is a social media venue that allows access to instant information. The information is shared in small bursts of conversation known as tweets. These tweets are limited to 140 characters in length. Twitter is a great way to get information on newly released genealogy records, connecting … Read More

It’s Elementary, Dear Watson

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Part of the joy of genealogy  research is the thrill of the hunt. We tune into, hone and cultivate our inner detective. Let’s look at what skills are REALLY needed to be able to be successful as a genealogist. Know where to find information Both online and offline databases are fantastic resources. FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast are rich repositories of digitized … Read More

Finding Your Ancestor’s Cemetery

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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How can I find where my ancestor is buried? I know information I get from knowing the cemetery or location of burial can possibly offer me answers to many questions. But how do I find out? Death Certificate. The ancestor’s death certificate often includes the place of burial. Contact the county governing body where the ancestor might have died to … Read More

Scottish Wills and Testaments

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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In Scotland, prior to the 19th century, wills only involved moveable property and did not include land, buildings, mining rights or minerals. Before the 19th century, Inheritance Law in Scotland was unique in that all unmoveable property was inheritable by succession (automatically going to eldest son). Only moveable property could be dispersed as the dead wished. And then, only one … Read More

Genealogist’s Best Tool: the LIBRARY

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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The local public library or the local genealogy library can offer family researchers clues and solutions to many unanswered questions. You will want to contact your own local library, but also a library closest to the family you are researching. Librarians are free experts.  Use your librarians to help you break through your brick walls. I recommend you don’t suffer … Read More

Do You Feel the Connection?

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Genealogy is about connecting. I personally have a pretty low need to affiliate. Don’t quite understand the tears and hugs after a week long event (training, conference, mission trip, vacation). But genealogy is my passion (some say obsession). And it’s all about connecting. A bit of a dichotomy. I was once speaking with a second cousin. Suddenly a lightbulb went … Read More

Are You a Descendent of the Mayflower?

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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My great grandmother’s maiden name was Alden. And “everyone” always said that through this line, we were descendants of the John and Priscilla Alden from the Mayflower.  I decided to prove it.  I did and you can too! 1)Study MayflowerSociety.org and Your State Mayflower Society What is required? What are the steps? How much does it cost? Get an idea of … Read More

Cemeteries: A Research Library for Genealogists

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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Cemeteries offer a treasure trove of information for the genealogist. Cemetery Location Just knowing the location of the cemetery your ancestor is buried in can give you information or help you to establish more questions to be answered. Did my ancestor live near here? Are more family buried here? If not, why not? Are there other cemeteries close by that … Read More

They’re Coming to America

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Prior to the 1800s, any of our ancestors who came from Europe or the UK, came on Merchant ships. These ships were purpose-built and specially fitted for transporting cargo across the Atlantic. They generally only carried sufficient food supplies for the crew, had few, if any, amenities and had large cargo holds to bring textiles, tobacco, pottery (china) and furnishings … Read More

From Family Tree to Family Treasure

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Now that we have those research documents, bits of scrap paper, newspaper clippings, photos, obits, e-mails and other assorted bits of “research”, how do we preserve them for future generations? Make the most for your research by creating and presenting a family treasure that will ensure that your family stories won’t be forgotten. How to start Gather your research Define … Read More

Using Facebook for Genealogy

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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If you have a Facebook account, you can turn it into a genealogy resource. In order to create a Facebook account. You can sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/r.php?locale=en_US Once you have an account go to your “home” page. At the top, you will see a search bar. Here’s where you will find the genealogy groups or pages of interest to YOU. … Read More

Genealogy Goal Setting

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

Do you have trouble staying focused in your genealogy research? What drives your genealogy plan for research? Shaky leaves? Requests from relatives? Pictures you just found? An upcoming family reunion? How do you decide what to focus on when you get that extra hour to work on your family history? Try these steps to genealogy goal setting. 1. Look at … Read More

Will You Be Your Family’s Brick Wall?

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Avid genealogists share whatever information they have – whether on their family or on someone else’s. Wonderful tips and suggestions pour over our computer screens on a daily basis. We willingly share memories and stories to try to bring the past to life. It can be a desperate attempt to re-create the past in order to gain some sense of … Read More

Using Funeral Home Records for Genealogy

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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Once you have found the obituary for your ancestor’s death, take note of the name of the funeral home that handled the arrangements. Then, contact them to see what information they have in their records regarding your ancestor. Funeral homes keep detailed records about the individuals that they provide service to  and care for. Funeral home records can be a … Read More

3 Biggest Mistakes of New Genealogists

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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You’ve been bitten by the genealogy bug, so what do you do?  Go genealogy NUTS!! Maybe I’m the only one, but I remember it well. The first thing I did once I got into genealogy research was, well, research. I didn’t go online and listen to Dear Myrtle or read blogs like the Genealogy Do-Over. If I had, I might … Read More

Five Steps to Prepare for a Genealogy Visit with Family

Kim HanksGenealogy Blog

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Finally! I am taking a genealogy road trip to meet with my husband’s aunts and uncles. Four of them live 3-4 hours away, and in genealogy miles, that isn’t too far. I’ve been anxious to get on the road to see what they all know about their family history. I used these 5 steps to prepare for this genealogy road … Read More

Who’s Your Father, Then?

Christine WoodcockGenealogy Blog

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If you are researching your Scottish ancestry, you may have noticed as you read through the various records that there is a repetition of given (or first) names generation after generation. That’s because most Scots adhered fairly strictly to Scottish Naming Patterns. Here’s how it works: First born son – named after Father’s father Second born son – named after … Read More