Category Archives: Genealogy Techniques

As we learn about researching our family tree, roots, and genealogy, we’d like to share a few tips, tricks, and techniques we’ve learned and discovered along the way to help you with your family history research.

GenSmarts: Reminder to Not Assume

GenSmarts: Reminder to Not Assume

In a recent article on using Gensmarts to research a research facility more effectively, I began to look at GenSmarts Genealogy Software differently. Part of my goal in researching my genealogy, and that of others, is to tell the story … Continue reading


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Gensmarts Saves Your Family History Research Life

Recently in Salt Lake City for RootsTech, I had only two days to explore and research my genealogy at the Family History Library. Imagine a major city library and you have the Family History Library – physically. What you may … Continue reading


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When Family Gets in the Way of Family History

Family gets in the way, even for a family history researcher. Recent family events have taken the heart out of my family history blogging efforts, and I’m slowly struggling to put the emotional aspects of living family aside and get … Continue reading


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I Haven’t Been Counted

I haven’t been counted. In my genealogy research, census reports have uncovered many mysteries in the recent past of my family, yet I have not been in the past two or three censuses. ARGH. How did that happen? The last … Continue reading


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Where Do You Draw the Family History Research Line?

In The Worst Question in Genealogy, genealogist Kerry Scott of Clue Wagon admits that the worse question ever asked is “What do you do?” For a family historian, the next question is “How far back have you gone?” I love … Continue reading


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WordPress Plugin for Citations, Footnotes and Bibliographies

In researching techniques for adding footnotes to posts in WordPress for “Creating Footnotes in WordPress,” I looked into several WordPress Plugins for footnotes. One caught my attention. AcademicPress WordPress Plugin is ideal for a serious genealogy and family history site … Continue reading


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Family History Blogging Tips and Resources

In anticipation of a series of workshops and classes I will be teaching soon on family history blogging, I’ve put together “Family History Blogging Resources and Tips” as a long list of family history and genealogy blogging tips, techniques, and … Continue reading


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Identifying Old Photographs with the Photo Detective

Photo Detective is the blog of photo historian Maureen Taylor, author of “Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.” She helps readers play detective with their photographs for free. The details are usually in the photograph such as the hairstyle, clothing, … Continue reading


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Check Out Genealogy Insider Blog for News and Tips

Genealogy Insider is the blog for Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine blogger and staff member, stuffed with tons of information and resources for family history researchers. She publishes a link roundup called Genealogy News Corral of the latest news, books, … Continue reading


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Can You Spot the USS Arizona?

My grandfather, Howard William West Sr. served on the USS Arizona in the early 1920s. In researching his life on the ship, culling what information I can from his USS Arizona Log Book 1924-1925 and the History of the USS … Continue reading


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