Answers to Frequently Asked Genealogy Research Questions
Are you new to genealogy? If so, then you probably have a lot of genealogy research questions!
What is the difference between genealogy and family history?
What is the name of my ancestor in this old photo?
Where can I find the best family tree software?
These questions and others will certainly arise as you begin to research your family’s history. But some genealogy-related questions are more common than others among beginner researchers. Here are just a few of these important questions and answers to help you along your genealogy research journey.
Understanding the Difference Between Family History and Genealogy
Whether you’re a novice to the world of family history research or have been working on your family’s story for a while, you’ve undoubtedly heard the terms ‘family history’ and ‘genealogy’ used similarly. While each type of research is beneficial to documenting and sharing your family discoveries, the activities associated with each are not one in the same. However, genealogy and family history research work in tandem when it comes to creating a cohesive family tree.
But, what are these differences, exactly, and what are the functions of each research type?
So, you’re adopted and you want to create a family tree. You’re probably wondering whether you should research your adoptive family, or your birth family. While some researchers think that family history and genealogy searches should be restricted to genetic ties only, adoptees know that bonds and love shared between adoptive parents and their children are equally important.
Because deciding which type of family tree to create is a personal choice only those who are adopted can make for themselves, the following tips can show you how to begin your tracing your adoptive family, birth family — and even combine both to create a family tree as unique as your own birth history.
Creating a family tree can be a fun aspect of family history research, whether you’re a novice family historian or seasoned genealogist — especially when you stumble upon fascinating family stories to add to its branches! Of course, family tree builders offer much more than simply being an enjoyable way to document your family history. In fact, they can play a crucial role in the family history research process.
Online family tree makers have become very popular in recent years as they offer some big benefits to those researching their ancestral past.
Making the Switch from Family Tree Maker? Consider These Family Tree Software Alternatives
After the surprising announcement earlier this month that Ancestry is retiring their Family Tree Maker software, you were probably left wondering, “So..what now?” If you’re a current Family Tree Maker user, you still have time to use the software’s Tree Sync feature through January 1, 2017. But, you may want to consider looking into other family tree building alternatives and special offers from family history websites sooner rather than later.
These Web-Based Family Tree Makers Are a Must for Every Family Historian
Starting a family tree can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of researching your family’s history. Not only does family tree creation offer you a chance to see how you’re connected to your extended family, but it can be an especially fun process as you begin to uncover fascinating stories from your family’s past.
Online family tree builders have become so popular in recent years, that a new web-based tool seems to sprout up every day! And with big benefits such as the ability to digitally preserve your family memories, back up your family stories and photos and even collaborate with family members all over the globe, it’s no surprise that their popularity continues to rise.
As 2014 comes to a close, we can’t help but reflect on the past year and the genealogy goals we’ve accomplished (and, let’s be honest, the ones we never got around to finishing, as well!). Of course, conducting genealogy research, collecting the data and organizing it takes a lot of time, but jotting down some resolutions for the new year is a great way to stay on track and make a good amount of progress.
Thanksgiving is nearly here, which is one of the best times of the year for people like us who love genealogy, ancestry and just family in general. And since everyone in your family is together for the holiday, it makes for a perfect time to honor your ancestors and learn even more about the history of your family.
So with that in mind, here are five ways you can make that happen this Thanksgiving: Continue reading →
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