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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.

Make Your Genealogy Life Easier with These 3 Strategies methods & strategies Mar 09, 2022

I get it...genealogy research can be overwhelming. We have a gazillion ancestors that we want to do proud by learning about their lives and sharing their stories. But, we only have so much time in our busy lives to dedicate to our genealogy endeavor. So how can we find a balance that allows us to do research without getting overwhelmed by it? In this article I’ll share with you the top three ways I ditch the overwhelm and make my research sessions more productive, even if I only have a...

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RootsTech 2022: How To Choose from 1,000+ Sessions education Mar 02, 2022

Genealogy’s mega-conference RootsTech 2022 starts this week and with more than 1,100 English-language sessions, how do you even begin to choose which sessions you want to watch? In this post I’ll share my learning philosophy and how you can make choosing your sessions a little easier. There’s also a quick video tour of the session listing so you can find what you’re looking for. And, I’ll even share a bonus tip for how you can actually watch all of the sessions...

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1950 US Census Part 2: Prepping for the Release methods & strategies records references & resources Feb 24, 2022

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The release of the 1950 US census is right around the corner on April 1, 2022, so you might be wondering how you can be ready to start searching on Day 1. In this post I’ll walk you through my process so you can use it or adapt it for your own preparation.

Before we dive in, you might be wondering why I’m prepping for the census release. First, I want to know who in my database may be in the 1950 census,...

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1950 US Census Part 1: What You Need To Know references & resources Feb 17, 2022

Can you believe that we’re a month-and-a-half away from the release of the 1950 US census on April 1, 2022? I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited because this is the first census that my parents appear in, so I will definitely be looking for them on Day 1.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering what will actually happen on Day 1. In this post, I’ll share what I’ve been able to find out, plus I’ll show you the census form...

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Unearth Genealogy Treasures With PERSI: Part 3 references & resources tools & technology Feb 10, 2022

Welcome to Part 3 of this 3-part series about the PERiodical Source Index (or PERSI for short). In Part 1 I explained that PERSI is a subject index to all sorts of wonderful resources in genealogical and historical society periodicals. I also shared seven different types of articles that you could find that can help you with your research. In Part 2, I demonstrated how to search for articles in PERSI using the new version available through the Allen County Public Library’s website.

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