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Learn about various record types, methods and strategies, references and resources, and tools and technology to help you grow your genealogy skills. Articles also include a take-action prompt so you can immediately put into practice what you learned.

Join the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt! announcements Dec 22, 2020

If you're looking for a fun and practical way to take your genealogy research skills to the next level, then the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt is for you!

Through this annual subscription, you’ll receive a hands-on challenge each month. You’ll follow clues to a freely available genealogy record and use it to answer a series of questions.

This is for you if you want to...

  • test your genealogy skills
  • learn about new-to-you records
  • dive deeper into familiar records
  • explore a variety of...
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Save Time With a Research Plan methods & strategies Sep 12, 2020

A research plan is a tool used by genealogists to map out the next steps needed when working to solve a research question or achieve a research goal.

Most of us like to jump into the research and look for anything and everything we can find. This is especially true nowadays with so many useful records available online.

But this approach isn’t the most effective, nor does it lend to the efficient use of our time.

The solution? A carefully crafted research plan.

But Julie, how does this save...

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FamilySearch Catalog’s Best Kept Secret references & resources tools & technology Sep 05, 2020

>>Video Transcript<<

Today I’m going to share with you one of FamilySearch catalog’s best kept secrets.

The FamilySearch catalog is a great tool to use when planning out your research. Because the Family History Library has such a vast collection of records, books, periodicals, maps, and other materials, you can usually find something useful for your research project. The catalog is usually the first place I look when I begin adding to my research plan (or building a...

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3 Types of Timelines for Genealogy Research methods & strategies tools & technology Aug 27, 2020

Timelines—one of my favorite genealogy research tools! Just the process of building a timeline can help your research immensely, as you will typically start to see patterns, discrepancies, or missing information that need further investigation. And, if you're a visual person like me, timelines provide a visual tool for you to better analyze the data you’ve collected.

Let’s take a look at the three types of timelines and how they can help you in your research.

1. Basic

This...

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6 Places to Look for FAN Club Members methods & strategies Aug 19, 2020

Before we dive in, let's address the question: What is the FAN Club?

FAN Club is a phrase coined by Elizabeth Shown Mills. FAN represents family/friends, associates, and neighbors—the people that were part of your ancestor’s social network. By including these people in your research, you may uncover clues that can help answer questions of identity, relationship, origin, and more.

So, where do you look for these people? Here are six of my favorite records to get you started.

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