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Ready, Set, G.O. (Get Organized)
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Organization is truly a key to success, especially in family history work. It can help you avoid getting lost in mounds of paperwork, doing the same research over and over again, or missing something that’s hiding right under your nose. Even if you already have a beautifully organized family history, you still need a place […] … Read entire article »

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When Your World Crumbles
When Your World Crumbles

By Lorraine I. Quillon Many of my friends will be saddened to learn that I recently went through a divorce. It was a very painful experience and caused me an immense amount of shame and embarrassment. However, with time, I hope to be able to get over it. Before you panic and start worrying about […] … Read entire article »

PERSI and Its 8,000 Periodicals
PERSI and Its 8,000 Periodicals

By Holly T. Hansen What Is PERSI? The Periodical Source Index Commonly referred to as PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index to articles appearing in historical, genealogical, and ethnic publications. A periodical is a magazine, journal, or newsletter that is published weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or annually. Simply, it is a […] … Read entire article »

Ask-the-Pros: Kinship Systems and Genealogy
Ask-the-Pros: Kinship Systems and Genealogy

By James L. Tanner Some of the online genealogy family tree programs accommodate different language naming patterns such as the difference between the pattern used in England and the pattern used in Spain, but few programs support the entry of kinship relationships. Because of this lack of support or even awareness of kinship relationships, there […] … Read entire article »

Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday
Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday

This week we are offering two unique Ask-the-Pros classes. Tomorrow, Friday morning, at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, we will kick off with a class on “Why Experts Search the Marriages First.” Then at 2:00 p.m. we will offer guidance on how “Experts Increase Research Success by Performing an Interim Analysis.” These classes can be […] … Read entire article »

The Kaleidoscope of My Mind
The Kaleidoscope of My Mind

By Lorraine I. Quillon It may be the weather (rainy and gray). It may be the fact that it is Monday morning. It may be the demands of multiple pleas for attention that has my brain flitting from one subject to the other as I try to get my mental bearings. Whatever the cause, I’m […] … Read entire article »

Navigating FamilySearch.org
Navigating FamilySearch.org

By Holly T. Hansen FamilySearch.org is a robust website with many different aspects to help you with your research. Not only does it hold data on ancestors, it contains educational materials for your benefit. If you think of FamilySearch.org as a house with many rooms, it will help you move around a bit easier. Just […] … Read entire article »

Just Four Generations Will Get You Started
Just Four Generations Will Get You Started

By Holly T. Hansen Family History is really exciting for those who do it. Those who have not been bitten by the bug may feel overwhelmed or disinterested. I love helping individuals begin their family history, and I believe that you can be the research expert on your own family. Simply learn to do it […] … Read entire article »

Nine Tips for a Great Family History Interview
Nine Tips for a Great Family History Interview

Tip One: Set the Stage Before an interview, you may want to ask the storyteller to gather important information such as the birth dates and places of their parents and siblings, dates and locations of places they lived, or the names of schools they have attended.  Old photos and documents can also help jog the […] … Read entire article »

Hungry?
Hungry?

By Lorraine Indermill Quillon Ever walk out of an eat-as-much-as-you-want buffet and then see a billboard advertisement for another restaurant? How enticing did you find that billboard? Did the sizzling steaks look as scrumptious as they did on your way to the restaurant you just left? Probably not. This reminds me of a lesson I […] … Read entire article »