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Getting to Know Our Ancestors Through a Record Timeline

Do you have a difficult time thinking about your ancestors beyond the abstract idea of the few facts that you can reel off about them? I know I do. There are certain ancestors that I feel a connection towards, but for many of them I honestly couldn’t tell you much about them if I were asked.

Bringing Old Photographs to Life

*Note: This is a re-post of a blog from last year, but Val's work is so incredible that I needed to share it again. Be sure to check out her blog Colouring The Past for more amazing photos. (And speaking... Continue Reading →

Demolishing Research Brick Walls

The brick wall is the ultimate challenge for any researcher - professional or novice; and we all have a few walls that we try to scale from time-to-time.

How to Choose a Professional Genealogist

We discussed why you should hire a professional genealogist in this post. Now let’s consider how you should choose one. A professional genealogist is not required to be licensed or certified by law, so a “professional” must be evaluated on... Continue Reading →

Stories from the Cemetery

It really isn't a secret that I am a genealogy/history geek. I'm just glad to know there are others like me.  My kindred spirits will understand how I got from point A to point B by following all the other... Continue Reading →

Beginner’s Guide: Pushing the Boundaries

When researching locations of your ancestors it is good to keep in mind that state, county, and city/township boundary lines changed over time. Too many times we get stuck in our research by assuming that the current location is the correct place to search. If records aren’t found in the current location, broaden your search […]

When NOT to Hire a Records Retrieval Person

Today Jennifer Holik's article, "When NOT to Hire a Genealogy or Record Retrieval Person," showed up in my news feed. As a fan of Ms. Holik's I was anxious to read her thoughts on this matter. I was not disappointed.... Continue Reading →

Useful Genealogy Tools: DNA Painter

I'm always looking for tools that enhance my research and I wanted to share this free chromosome mapping tool for my fellow genetic genealogy enthusiasts called DNA Painter. If you're not familiar with chromosome mapping, simplistically, it's a way that we... Continue Reading →

How to Choose a Professional Genealogist

We discussed why you should hire a professional genealogist in this post. Now let’s consider how you should choose one. A professional genealogist is not required to be licensed or certified by law, so a “professional” must be evaluated on... Continue Reading →

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