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Lorraine I. Quillon

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 my mental (and marital) state, may I hasten to add that this was a genealogical divorce. It was triggered by a realization that the woman I thought I had found to be my third great-grandmother was entirely... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros

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 viewed from your personal computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device. Each class will include a PDF of the accompanying Research Guide... Read More →

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 definitely scattered as I begin this day, just like the fragmented images we see in those old-time kaleidoscopes some of us used to play with as children. As a family historian, I hope I am not alone in this malady. When... Read More →

Heritage Collector

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 →

Holly T. Hansen

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 right the first time, or update, and fix it right for future generations. As you go through and document your personal four generations, you will have a great time. You will learn many fun and interesting... 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 →

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 →

Research

Dedicated Uninterrupted Research Yields Positive Results

Thoughtful consideration and pondering on the results of our many Retreats at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has been encouraging. To see the difference one dedicated and uninterrupted week of research makes in the abilities and awareness for attendees has been fantastic. We have had beginners who were hoping to learn the correct way to get started with their research. We’ve also enjoyed seasoned researchers hoping to get an edge on a new area of research and we’ve helped experts... 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 →

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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 →