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The Golden Rules
I came across this infographic from Got Genealogy? It offers some great reminders and advice to keep in mind when researching your family history. The reality with genealogy is that we may never have a "complete" family tree. There are always more relatives and more details to confirm. We have to do the best we can…
The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885 Can Be Found Online for Free
In 1879 the U.S. government asked the states to take a semi-decennial census in 1885 - in addition to the upcoming 1880 and 1890 censuses - with the promise that they would cover 50% of the costs of the undertaking.
Back Up and Sync Your Ancestry Family Tree with RootsMagic TreeShare
Many of us keep our trees on Ancestry, even if we don't always subscribe to their somewhat pricey record subscription service. Because Ancestry's online family tree is easy and free, it's a great alternative to paid programs. But backing up that tree, along with its attached records and other media, can be a major challenge - despite how important it is to do so. Many of us keep our trees on Ancestry - but backing up that tree, along with its attached records and other media, can be a major…
Google's PhotoScan is a Must-Have Tool for Scanning Family History Photos
Google has announced a new app today that brings the ease of scanning and preserving old family photos and records to a whole new level. And Anil Sabharwal, vice president of Google Photos, was inspired to create the free app by his own family's past.
5 Uncommon Places to Find Your Ancestors' Missing Parents
Locating the names of parents is one of the most important jobs of any family historian and we all spend a great deal of time looking for records to do just that. But, as we all know, it's not always an easy task. Parents can be surprisingly elusive -- mysteriously missing from key documents. In addition, verifying that we have actually found the correct parents for an ancestor can be an even bigger challenge, especially if our ancestor had a common name.
How to Reveal Hidden Details in Your Old Family Photos
Photo scanning apps do a surprisingly good job of preserving old photos and records on the go. See how these three free options helped us reveal long hidden details in an old family photo. Photo scanning apps do a surprisingly good job of preserving old photos and records on the go. See how three free options helped us reveal long hidden details in an old family photo.
Tips for Creating a Family Tree, Heritage or Genealogy Photo Book |
**Post updated March 2020**With the passing of a beloved aunt a few months ago, I acquired a box of old family photos that she had stashed away. As I went through them they brought back fond memories of my childhood, and a small amount of horror as I saw a few of my hideous hairdos […]
What Does Your German Surname Say About You? - Ancestry Blog
If you are one of 46 million Americans with German ancestry, your surname could yield some interesting clues to your family history.
Why You Should Start Using Pinterest for Genealogy (and How to Do It)
From tracking down useful information, to organizing your research, to sharing it with your family and friends - Pinterest just might be the genealogy research tool you've been missing.
How to Identify People in Old Photos Using Google Image Search
Among Google's many free tools is their image search platform. It might help you figure out who is in some of your old, unlabeled photos.
Best Genealogy Library Websites in 2016
You can use libraries to research your family history without leaving your home. These libraries have great genealogy search tools right on their websites.
6 Uncommon Places to Find a Missing Birth Date for Your Ancestor
We all have those ancestors who make us want to pull our hair out. You know, the ones we just can’t find key pieces of information about - like a birth or death date? Locating a date of birth can be especially difficult because oftentimes only ages are listed on old records. And even on records that usually do list a birth date this detail is sometimes left blank because the informant didn't have the needed information (this is common on death certificates). But finding an actual date of…
Did You Make This Common Mistake When Scanning Your Family Photos?
Whether you’re scanning your film, printed photos, and documents at home or using a professional scanning company, you will undoubtedly be faced with this perplexing issue—scanning doesn’t actually archive information about your photo.