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I’m Not Sure What My Clan Is

Having spent several weekends at highland games this summer, assisting people with their Scottish genealogy research, likely the most common comment I heard was,  “I’m … Read more

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Google – Your Genealogy Guru

I love Google. It’s simple, efficient, opens a world of knowledge and makes me feel smart just through its simplicity and ease of use. But … Read more

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Why ISN’T Everything Online?

We so often hear “not everything is online” And that is very true. Likely less than five  percent of all of the archival documents available … Read more

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Why It’s Important to Use Desktop Family Tree SOFTWARE

Big name databases have all encouraged us to create our family trees online. And while this is fine, it is also limiting. You still need … Read more

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Preparing for a Genealogy Road Trip

If you are planning to head to the state or provincial archives to do research on your ancestors, it is important to plan ahead so … Read more

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The Learning Curve – Learn about Genealogy

One of the best things about genealogy is the many opportunities to learn. Workshops, magazines, blogs, conferences and even Facebook pages/groups. Whether you are a … Read more

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Researching Ancestry on the Periphery

Do you remember this song from Sesame Street? “Who are the people in your neighbourhood…. They’re the people that you meet When you’re walking down … Read more

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Scottish Surnames and Spelling

It is important to note that spelling was not consistent until dictionaries made it standard in the 1800s. Until this time, spelling was quite fluid … Read more

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Canadian Sources, Eh?

If your ancestors originate from the British Isles, and came to north America after the Revolutionary war, it was easier for them to immigrate through … Read more

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Using Twitter for Genealogy

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. … Read more

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It’s Elementary, Dear Watson

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 … Read more

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Scottish Wills and Testaments

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 … Read more