Get organized and improve your family tree research with these helpful guides.
Genealogy Resolutions: Learn This Search Tactic
Have you ever been on a genealogy website, trying to find a specific detail about your ancestor, when you discovered that the search functionality was too limited to turn up the information you need? How can you uncover what you’re looking for on these sites to avoid missed records? Here’s a simple solution you don’t want to miss.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore Hospital & Asylum Records
In the past, hospital records were very difficult to access but thanks to recent changes in the law you may now be able to track down these elusive records. Let’s talk about why medical records are now more accessible and how to use them as a family historian.
Genealogy Resolutions: Trace Your Mayflower Roots
Although there were only about 130 passengers on the Mayflower, and the number of individuals who left descendants is significantly less, it is estimated that more than 35 million individuals living today are direct descendants of those individuals.
Genealogy Resolutions: Convert Your Negatives & Slides
Wouldn’t it be nice to see what’s really on all those old family photo negatives or slides you’ve been carefully collecting and storing? If so, you might be ready to try out a negative scanner app (also known as a film scanner app).
Genealogy Resolutions: Download Your Research
Can you download your family tree from Ancestry.com? The answer is yes. We see this question quite a bit so we thought we’d quickly show you how you can easily download a GEDCOM from Ancestry that you can use as a backup, or to import in to virtually any family tree program or family history tree website.
Genealogy Resolutions: Scan Your Old Photos
Photomyne is a free app for iPhone or Android systems that can also be accessed on your computer. In the amount of time it normally took me to scan in about 10 photos, crop them, and put them in a labeled folder on my computer I could do all that with an ENTIRE ALBUM! Maybe even two albums.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore Your Native Roots
Are you interested in finally searching out the truth behind that old family story about a Native American ancestor? Luckily, there are many online guides, records collections and specialized resources that can help you on your journey. Here’s where to get started.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find it Free on Ancestry
When most of us think of Ancestry.com, we think of paid resources. And, of course, the vast majority of Ancestry’s billions of records are behind a paywall. However, you might be surprised to hear that the site does offer a relatively large assortment of completely free collections–and they are 100% searchable.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find Your Family in Photos
As interest in family history research grows, more and more old family photos are appearing online. They might be located on a tiny family website run by a distant cousin or a large public repository with thousands of holdings, but with some searching you might just find a few that fit your family tree.
Genealogy Resolutions: Decide Who Gets In
In a genealogical sense people often are unsure who should be added to their family tree. Adoptions, step-parent relationships, unmarried partners, multiple marriages, the discovery that a parent or sibling is not related biologically – all of these scenarios may cause some serious head scratching.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find the Missing Parents
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.
Genealogy Resolutions: Don't Make This Common Blunder
More than any other area, this one is the most vulnerable to the kind of mistakes that can completely crush the accuracy of an entire branch of our tree. Any person who has been doing family history research for any length of time has seen this in action, an incorrect parent or parents on a family tree, sometimes copied again and again by others.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore for Free
Can you really research your ancestry for free? Yes you can! Most seasoned genealogists know that there are an ever growing number of free family history resources online–but it is easy for beginners to get overwhelmed trying to find quality resources and end up turning to just one or two large paid sites, like Ancestry, for their information.
Genealogy Resolutions: Online National Archive Info
While there is probably a U.S. National Archives center near you, today, you don’t have to travel at all to access many of their records. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offers a rich trove of online documents, known as Access to Archival Databases (AAD), and it’s completely free.
Genealogy Resolutions: Have Fun With Your Tree
Are you looking for a beautiful family tree template for a craft or school project, to display in your home or share with family? A blank, printable family tree can be used for all of these purposes and more. The trick is finding one that’s styled just right for your needs – which is why we have created four unique (and free) family tree options that you can easily print out.
Genealogy Resolutions: Display Your Research
Charts come in all shapes and sizes and look lovely hung on a wall or given as a gift. Even if you don’t plan to display your creation, a chart of your family tree can provide a new perspective on your research. Luckily there are some very easy ways to create these visual reports from a tree and this article will show you how.
Genealogy Resolutions: Get to Know Hints
As powerful as Ancestry's Hints feature can be, it can also mislead the unwary researcher – causing confusion, incorrect assumptions and inaccurate trees. It is vital to learn how to use the Hints feature correctly, and with caution, to get the most from this powerful Ancestry tool.
Genealogy Resolutions: Get to Know the "Secret" Census
In 1879 the U.S. government asked 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.
Genealogy Resolutions: Master the Family Group Sheet
If you’re not sure what a family group sheet is, or you’ve never gotten around to using one in your genealogy research, you’re not alone. While the concept of a family group sheet is about as basic as it gets, not every family historian out there has had the chance to embrace this clever method of research and organization.
Genealogy Resolutions: Learn One of the Cardinal Rules
Copying information from an online tree would be fine if every researcher took the time to carefully review the facts, make sure those facts had solid supporting evidence, and then added those facts to their tree along with attached record sources. But that is not how it usually happens.
Genealogy Resolutions: Get Your Kit Together
These days most people research their family trees at home, scrolling through online record collections, scanning old family photos and building a digital family tree. At some point, however, you will want to leave your home office in search of hard-to-find records or see the places your ancestors lived.