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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.

AncestryDNA: New Ethnicity Feature Divides Results By Parent tools & technology Apr 20, 2022

So what’s new with AncestryDNA? Well first, there’s been another ethnicity estimate update. Mine have changed drastically. The only constant is my Germanic Europe region, which went from 32% to 34%. The others have jumped quite a bit in one direction or the other, a new region has been added, and Spain (which popped up for the first time in the last update) is now gone.

But what’s really cool is that with AncestryDNA’s new SideView tool, you can see your ethnicity...

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1950 Census: So What & Why Should You Care? records Apr 13, 2022

I remember seeing a lot of people comment during the lead up to the 1950 US census release that they didn’t understand the hype and really didn’t care to look for people because they “knew” them. I have continued to see this in the week following the release, and I have to say that I strongly disagree with this notion, and I’ve got three reasons why that I’ll share in this article.

1. It’s a Record

As part of the Genealogical Proof Standard, we are...

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Need some help with the 1950 census? records tools & technology Apr 07, 2022

You’ve probably spent some time over the last several days trying to find people in the 1950 US census (I know I have!).

But it’s not an easy task, especially without a solid index and search tools that we’re used to.

That said, I’ve been creating a variety of videos that address some of the issues and offer solutions and workarounds. Here’s what I’ve posted so far (more coming, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!):

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Finding Cemeteries Made Easy With These 3 Strategies + a Bonus Strategy methods & strategies Mar 23, 2022

Finding the cemetery where an ancestor is buried can be tricky for any number of reasons. Many times, there’s simply no record to indicate where the person is buried so it becomes a guessing game as to which cemeteries to look in.

So how do you begin your search?

Well, first you need to identify what cemeteries were in operation at the time and in the place where the person was likely buried.

Okay, so how do you do that?

In this article I’ll share three simple strategies you can...

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How To Use the FAN Club to Solve Your Genealogy Brick Walls methods & strategies Mar 16, 2022

Do you have a looming brick wall in your path that you just can’t seem to find a way to break through? In this article I want to talk about one of my favorite strategies for brick wall busting. It’s the FAN Club, sometimes also referred to as cluster research. I’ve used this strategy on numerous projects for myself and for my clients, and have been helping my Genealogy Problem-Solving Academy students learn how to implement this strategy to solve their tough research...

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