Genealogy In Action Blog

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.

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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Digital File Organization for Genealogy methods & strategies tools & technology Dec 29, 2021

This post contains an affiliate link. You can review my full Disclaimer here.

Organizing all of our genealogy "stuff" can be quite the challenge. In fact, it's the #1 area that genealogists struggle with (according to my informal poll). I get it! I consider myself a highly organized person, but I struggled for years trying to figure out a system for organizing both paper and digital genealogy files.

Since we're approaching a new year, I've seen a lot of genealogists setting goals to get...

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Free Webinar: The 5 Keys for Effective & Efficient Genealogy Research announcements Nov 02, 2021

Next week I am hosting a live webinar and you're invited!

In this free webinar I'll share with you the five things that truly transformed the way I research and have helped me solve many tricky research problems.

I'll show you:

  • a simple but powerful way to immediately focus your research project
  • my favorite tips for effective record analysis
  • methods that will help you get and stay organized as you research
  • strategies that will give you a big-picture view of your research project
  • the benefits...
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Genealogy Brick Walls Are Solvable methods & strategies Oct 06, 2021

Ah, the dreaded genealogy phrase, brick wall.

The dread is understandable, since we usually use the phrase to mean an unsolvable research problem.

But, brick walls come in different shapes and sizes. And, sometimes they're self-imposed (‍ raises hand in guilt).

A brick wall is usually created by one or many of the following roadblocks:

  • Lack of records
  • Misinterpreted records
  • Absence of direct evidence
  • Same-name individuals
  • Unknown origin
  • Unconventional migration
  • Haphazard research...
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