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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Capturing Dad’s Story

By Jennifer H. Johnson Do you know how your dad proposed to your mother? What do you know about their first date? How did your father feel about being a teenager? These are questions whose answers you may never know unless you ask. The best place to start your genealogy research is with the people who are still alive. Amazing, isn’t it? It’s not such a new idea, however. Most professional genealogists will encourage you to start finding information by just talking to your family. People have... Read More →

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New Web Design and New GenTeacher Service from Family History Expos!

At Family History Expos, we are all about education and events. NOW, we bring the events to you at your convenience. Online live events, recorded events for online viewing, and local events by request.  We have scheduled 1 June 2016 for the launch of our new website design and NEW GenTeacher products and services. Watch for daily updates on what to expect as the week progresses.  Read More →

The Colors of our LIves

The Colors of our Lives

Written by Jennifer Hunt Johnson When you connect with your family you see how the threads of your lives are woven with those of your ancestors in a beautiful tapestry. The threads and colors from your ancestors and family blend together in a vibrant   kaleidoscope. Life is richer when we come to know the people and stories that have inspired these colors. In the weaving of your life, many have contributed to the construction of the loom and the threads that support your tapestry. This is beautifully... Read More →

The Gordian Knot

Genealogists and the Gordian Knot or Alexander the Great Need Not Apply

Written by Lorraine I. Quillon At the beginning of Alexander the Great’s career, he entered Persia at the head of his army. Here he heard of a great king who had created a huge knot of rope. A prophecy had been made that anyone who could untie that knot would become the ruler of Asia. Alexander approached, raised what must have been an extremely sharp sword, and sliced the knot in half with one stroke of the blade. Although Alexander may have become “Great,” he certainly is not a good role... Read More →

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Cross-checking Your Data

Not all historical documents are strictly accurate. Human frailties—including hearing loss, strong non-English accents, handwriting errors, and a multitude of other factors—can limit the ability genealogists have to rely upon historical records. It is also entirely possible that records were intentionally altered or recorded inaccurately due to a huge number of other possible reasons. For these reasons, names, dates, events, and every other item entered in a family file are all subject to correction... Read More →