Category Archives: Genealogy Tips

5 Critical Rules for Recording Names in Your Family Tree

How to Correctly Document Names for Genealogy Purposes

How to Record Names for Genealogy and in Family Trees

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The manner in which you record your ancestors’ information can make or break your family history research. In fact, if you don’t add names and surnames correctly to a family tree or genealogy chart, your family’s story can face inaccuracies. And this can be frustrating to others who are researching your family history! Just as there are certain genealogical standards when it comes to citing your sources correctly, there are some general rules you will want to keep in mind to ensure that your ancestors’ names are added to your family tree properly.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the following rules, so use these tips as guidelines for recording your genealogical data.

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4 Ways Voter Registration Records Can Aid Genealogy Research

How United States Voter Records Can Help You Build a Family Tree

How Voter Registration Records Can Help with Genealogy ResearchDuring this election season, you are probably thinking more about who you are voting for rather than the information you provide on your voter registration form. But if you take a closer look at the details these forms collect, you will soon realize that voter records hold a treasure trove of data that can be helpful in building a family tree.

And just as many of us have the privilege to vote in America, as did some of the ancestors who came before us. While United States voter records are oft overlooked in the genealogy research process, they may lead you to an unknown ancestor, clues that provide you with more direction when you run into a brick wall, and a slew of other genealogical discoveries.

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Free Resources for Finding Death Records Online

Where to Find Ancestors’ Death Records Online for Free

Where to Find Free Death Records Online for Genealogy

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If you’re on the hunt for an ancestor’s death certificate, you may not have to look too hard. This is because death records can often be some of the easiest types of vital records to find — especially when searching online. These records can also offer up some of the most valuable information and interesting tidbits that often lead to other genealogical discoveries and unknown ancestors to add to your family tree.

Death certificates may include your ancestor’s date and place of birth, names of other family members like parents, a spouse, their children and next of kin. Sometimes death records include information on your ancestor’s military service, a cause of death and even where your relative was buried which can be helpful as you conduct cemetery research.

But if you’re searching for death records online, where should you even begin? The following resources will aid you in your search as you begin to look for family members’ death records online — and they’re all free to use!

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Writing Your Personal History for Genealogy: A Beginner’s Guide

5 Helpful Tips to Start Writing a Personal History

Writing Your Personal History for Genealogy

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Even if you’re just beginning your genealogy research, you probably know that searching for information to add to your family tree can take a lot of time, patience and resources. And when you can’t find records or stories on a particular ancestor, it may leave you more than a little frustrated! If you’ve ever thought, “I really wish he had written something about his life!” then why not make things a little easier on future generations of genealogists by writing your own personal history?

Writing a personal history is important not only for genealogy research purposes, but ensures that you’ll leave an accurate legacy that descendants will appreciate and treasure forever. Documenting your own life doesn’t have to be a daunting task, either. The following tips can aid you in the process of writing (and finishing) a personal history.

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Helpful Oral History Prompts to Get Your Older Relatives Talking

How to Encourage Family Members to Tell Their Life Stories

Oral History Prompts to Get Older Relatives Talking

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We all have a story or two to tell. But when we are met with resistance from relatives who are too bashful to tell us the stories of their lives, it can create holes in our family history research that can often result in empty family tree branches.

Conducting oral history interviews with your older family members is that important when it comes to your family history research. The memories your relatives have of their own lives hold a good amount of historical importance — even if family members don’t think their lives were particularly interesting! In fact, oral history interviews can sometimes lead to the discovery of ancestors you never knew about in the first place. But if you don’t record these stories now, they could be lost forever.

So how do you get your older relatives talking about their lives? The following oral history prompts and tips may just jog the memories of your older relatives so you can capture and collect their important stories.

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Expand Your Family Tree: 4 Effective Ideas

Fill in Empty Family Tree Branches with These Oft-Overlooked Research Tips

Expand Your Family Tree At one point or another, every genealogist takes a look at their family tree and wonders if it may be missing some information. Whether your family tree is already robust or the branches are fairly sparse, your family’s history can certainly be expanded upon — no matter how deep you are into your research. But how do you start expanding your family tree even if you think you’ve exhausted every potential resource?

The following genealogy research ideas for expanding your family tree could help you find even more detailed information on your family, plus discover ancestors you never even knew you had!

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Cemetery Research for Genealogy: A Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide

How to Use Cemeteries to Find Your Ancestors

Cemetery Research for Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide

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Cemeteries are an exceptional resource for discovering details about your ancestors to add to your family tree. Whether you’re searching for birth information, maiden names, or additional family members, gravesites can enlighten you to an abundance of facts about your family’s past.

But if you don’t know where to begin when conducting genealogy research in a cemetery, it can be more than overwhelming! Thankfully, we’ve compiled the following basic steps to help you get acquainted with your first ancestral quest through a cemetery.

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4 Genealogy Productivity Tools You Should Already Be Using

Boost Your Research Productivity with these Free Tools for Genealogists

Productivity Tools for Genealogy ResearchYou’re busy. We get it. But that doesn’t mean you have to let your important genealogy and family history research fall to the wayside. Yes, compiling your family’s story can often take an ample amount of time, but if you’re constantly making excuses as to why you don’t have the capacity to conduct genealogy research, you likely don’t know about some excellent tools that can help you stay efficient and productive — whether you’re at home or on-the-go. Of course, online family tree software is a simple way to collaborate with family members, plus increase your research productivity, but it’s just one of the many tools that can aid you in the process.

The following productivity tools for genealogy research will help you become an even more efficient researcher and organize your genealogical pursuits.

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Planning a Genealogy Library Research Trip: 5 Tips to Help You Prepare

Follow These Tips to Ensure a Successful Genealogical Library Research Trip

How to Plan a Genealogy Library Research TripWith summertime just around the corner, planning a vacation is likely at the forefront of your mind. But instead of taking off for another typical getaway, you may want to think about heading out on a fascinating excursion to a genealogy library instead.

No matter where your ancestors lived, you can uncover a plethora of hidden clues and answers inside major genealogical libraries across the country. These giant repositories contain books, manuscripts, photo collections and more to help you build upon your family tree. Plus, it can be a fun, educational way to explore a new city and see what else the area has to offer!

But how do you prepare for a genealogy library research trip? The following planning tips will help you get the most out of your visit to a genealogical library or archive — whether its in your hometown or on the opposite side of the country.

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12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: April 2016 Recap

The Most Fascinating Family Finds for April 2016's 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds February 2016

Happy May! We started the 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds blogging challenge one year ago to give our readers a helpful nudge to stay on track with their family history research and blogging goals. And we’re thrilled that those of you who participated were inspired to blog about your findings — and they were fascinating!

Just as you did throughout the last year, you posted some truly fascinating family discoveries on your blogs in April. Here are just a couple of those incredible stories.

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