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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 think, each time you click on a main tab it takes you into a new room. With so many rooms, having a blue print of the whole house can be very helpful. I have used FamilySearch for years—nearly... Read More →

Family Interviews

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 storyteller’s memory. Tip Two: Do Some Homework Jot down what you know about the storyteller’s family – names of relatives, family structure, timeline and history – or items of special... Read More →

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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 learned the past couple of weeks. For many years, I have been taunted by the shortest of the “blades” on my family tree fan—my second great-grandmother, Elizabeth... Read More →

Tenacity

Tenacity vs. Pusillanimity

By Holly T. Hansen Over the years I have had many people ask me to help them or give them some ideas on how to break through a brick wall on their ancestral pedigree. Enthusiastically, I listen to their questions and then take a look at the problem. At this point, I begin to make a list of things that must be done in order to push forward. Brick walls exist for a reason! The easy stuff has already been done. Grandma or Aunt Marg, or whoever stopped working that line because they had exhausted all... Read More →

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Create and Use Genealogy Charts

Written by Holly T. Hansen As you are researching your family history, be sure you create charts. It helps you and others make sense of where you are going with your research. Family charts have been created by individuals, governments, and researchers for generations. LOOK FOR THEM!! Genealogical societies and associations collect them and make them available for you to research and make copies. They print them in their periodicals, or at least list indexes to them. On one of my research trips to... Read More →

Court Records

Learn to Use Court Records

Written by Holly T. Hansen There is a huge volume of court records in the United States that is valuable for genealogical research. Understanding how these records are organized and where they can be found is critical to using them in your research. The government of the United States was created by the joining together of a group of sovereign states for economic cooperation and common defense against their enemies. The Federal Constitution reserves to this central government exclusive requirements... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros: Get Expert Advice on Where to Go Next!

When you have a research question, “Ask-the-Pros” at Family History Expos. We offer you several options to receive answers to your queries: Attend one of our Ask-the-Pros broadcasts Read this Blog Submit your query to our online Ask-the-Pros Q & A Our online Ask-the-Pros Q & A is a free service to our subscribers. Simply go to FamilyHistoryExpos.com/qna and login. You will see your name in the top box. Enter your question in the “Your Question” box with as much... Read More →

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Using Online Tools to Locate Military Maps

Presented by James L. Tanner This information is taken from one section included  in our Beginning Military Research Guide. We expect you will find the links included here beneficial to your research. Although it is evident that there are a huge number of genealogically important source documents that have not made their way online through digitization efforts, maps are an exception to that rule. Every inch of the world’s surface is now available in digital format. Tens of thousands of historical... Read More →

Family History Expos

10 Ways to Find More Ancestors

We truly enjoy assisting you to become a genealogical expert. For almost 15 years, Family History Expos has been sponsoring events throughout the United States. We are dedicated to facilitating family history education through offering events, handouts, Research Guides, charts, software, and more. Our new live broadcasts now allow us to serve more of our friends and fellow family history researchers residing all over the world, at an affordable price. Here are 10 ways for you to participate in our... Read More →

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“I Wanna Hold Your Hand”

By Lorraine I. Quillon I watch “Jeopardy” all the time and am constantly amazed when the topic is modern music and performing groups. They might as well be talking Slovenian! So for all of those of our readers who occupy an age group that recognizes the above title taken from a song and can tell me who performed it and when, here is a message from me directly to you. Holly Hansen and I have been friends for many years. She knows things that my brain only begins to comprehend (often after she... Read More →