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.

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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WordPress Customization Highlights Letters From the War Front

WordPress Customization Highlights Letters From the War Front

Letters from the Front | My Grandfather’s Letters 1914-1919 is a tribute to John Adams of the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, from his letters from 1914-1919, preserved for all time on the web by his grandson of the same … Continue reading


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Save a Life: Build a Family Cancer and Disease Tree

Tracing our family history isn’t about connecting the dots in our family tree, it is also about connecting the medical history and genetic path cancer takes through a family. In “My Semicolon Life: Tracing my family’s cancer history” in USA … Continue reading


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Dig Into Your Family History Now – Don’t Wait

In “Researching Family History: Find a missing part of your family history” in the Deseret News, Russell Bangerter described uncovering a family treasure that would rock the world. Stephon Tull did not know what he had until he was going … Continue reading


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Share a Family Dear Photograph Moment

The one thing I love about the digital age is that there are amazing new twists on old techniques, and Dear Photograph is a fantastic new twist for genealogists and family historians. The idea is to write a “letter” to … Continue reading


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Article Series: What to Publish on Your Family History Blog

Article Series: What to Publish on Your Family History Blog
This is part 1 in the article series Family History Blog Publishing

This is part 1 in the article series Family History Blog PublishingI’m often asked what is “appropriate” to add to a family history blog. The answer is fairly simple: Anything you want. That’s not very helpful, so let’s get to … Continue reading


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GEDCOM Standards: Is an Update Coming?

GEDCOM Standards: Is an Update Coming?

GEDCOM, according to Wikipedia, is an acronym for GEnalogical Data COMmunication. It is a type of file used by genealogy programs as a standard for presenting family history facts in a text file easily read by other genealogy programs, websites, … Continue reading


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Visualizing the Peshtigo River and Impact on the Knapp Family

Visualizing the Peshtigo River and Impact on the Knapp Family

In The Peshtigo River, Marinette County’s Greatest Remaining Natural Resource was put together by Jim Frink on the High Falls Flowage site, a site about the lake and surrounding land and rivers, based upon a report in “The Water Powers … Continue reading


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Hereditary Societies: The Benefits of Membership and Research

Lineage Societies – the Well-Known, the Obscure, How to Apply Successfully by Carolyn L. Barkley, Ancestry.com’s Ten Reasons to Join an Ethnic Society, and Mary Ames Mitchell’s article on Joining Hereditary Societies are exceptionally helpful starting points for identifying the … Continue reading


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