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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.

Unearth Genealogy Treasures With PERSI: Part 2 references & resources tools & technology Feb 02, 2022

Welcome to Part 2 of this 3-part series about the PERiodical Source Index (or PERSI for short). If you read (or watched) Part 1, you already learned that PERSI is a subject index to all sorts of goodies in genealogical and historical society periodicals. I shared seven different types of articles that you could find that can help you with your research, whether it’s an article about an ancestral line or a how-to article on using a particular research method. In this part, I’ll...

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Unearth Genealogy Treasures With PERSI: Part 1 references & resources tools & technology Jan 26, 2022

Genealogical and historical society periodicals can provide a wealth of information pertinent to your research, from short family history articles to instructional articles, to transcriptions and abstracts of records. But, if you’re like me you can’t afford to be a member of all the societies tied to the places your ancestors lived. And, what about all those back issues that could hold must-see treasures? There has to be a way to find these wonderful gems, right? Why, yes there...

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Genealogy Webinars: 2022 Series Announcements announcements education Jan 19, 2022

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It’s that time of year! Nearly all of the organizations that offer genealogy webinars have announced their 2022 schedule.

Here’s the rundown:

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How I Set My Annual Genealogy Goals methods & strategies Jan 13, 2022

Every year I plan out a set of genealogy goals. It started as a genealogy blogger thing way back when, but it’s something I continue to do to help me decide what I want to work on for the year, and by posting it publicly I’m able hold myself accountable.

You can check out my 2022 goals on my personal genealogy blog here.

But, if you want to know how I set my goals, I encourage you to check out a podcast episode I did with Denys Allen of PA Ancestors. Plus, if you’re like me...

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The Genealogy Scavenger Hunt Turns 1 Today! announcements education Jan 01, 2022

Not only am I celebrating the new year today, but I’m also celebrating the 1-year anniversary of the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt!

What is the Genealogy Scavenger Hunt?

Well, in May 2020 I decided to put together a week-long genealogy challenge to help my genealogy friends cope with the lockdown due to the pandemic. For each of the five days I put together a scenario and participants had to use the clues to find the records freely available online and then answer a set of questions....

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