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Why Hire a Professional Genealogist?

For many people the thrill of doing genealogy research is enough to keep them on the hunt for new finds. It can be addicting. Hours of research may not turn up any new leads, but when a new piece of... Continue Reading →

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 →

That was in a Military File?!?

The Soap Opera of Kibbie B. McCoye ...  Grab your popcorn and sit back while I tell you a soap opera worthy story of aliases, German spies, jilted lovers, and insidious gossip from a group of Los Angeles neighbors who make Melrose Place look... Continue Reading →

Your DNA Experiences – A Brief Survey

Would you mind helping us learn more about your experiences with at home genetic DNA tests with this brief survey? We'd like to know more about your experiences as we develop more DNA-related content on the blog. You can take... Continue Reading →

Using the Social Security Death Index

     The US Social Security Death Index (or SSDI) is an old favorite among family history researchers, and if you haven’t heard about this record collection I’m going to explain what it is and how it is useful in... Continue Reading →

The National Map: A County Map Resource

Hello June! Can you believe we're nearing the halfway point of 2017? Whether time seems to be going quickly or slowly we wanted to make sure you aren't missing out on an excellent free resource for your family history research:... Continue Reading →

Choosing the Right DNA Company for You

A few months ago I wrote a blog entitled DNA in Genealogy: How does this help me? to explain some of the basics of genetic testing and the different types of tests available for genealogy, and much of the feedback... Continue Reading →

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.

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 […]

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