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.

New Clues May Be Lurking in Old Research methods & strategies Sep 08, 2021

Let's face it. We were all beginners at some point, and that most likely means we overlooked important bits of information in the sources we consulted back then. Maybe we didn't know any better when consulting a new-to-us source. Perhaps the information didn't seem relevant at the time. Or we simply grabbed the pieces of information we were after and neglected everything else the record could tell us. It happens and there's no shame in that...it's all part of our progression as genealogists.

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Something New On the Horizon announcements methods & strategies Aug 25, 2021

I'm so excited to share some news with you! Over the last few months, I've been busy working behind the scenes to turn Genealogy Problem-Solving Academy into a self-study course!

I will be unveiling the self-study version on August 31, 2021, but only to those who are on the wait list.

Anyone who is on the wait list by 7:00 a.m. CDT on August 31 will receive an exclusive, introductory offer to join the Academy.

What is Genealogy Problem-Solving Academy? It's an online course that teaches my...

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FAN Club In Action methods & strategies Aug 11, 2021

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.

Solomon Norton is most likely my sixth great-grandfather, but I've had trouble proving the relationship to him and his daughter Sarah, my fifth great-grandmother. There are...

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Don't You…Forget About YOU! other Jul 28, 2021

You’ve spent countless hours filling in the details of your ancestors, but have you taken the time to record your own biographical details? I actually did this several years ago as a departure from research (sometimes you just need a break!!). I spent some time entering a variety of my life events into my genealogy database. It was a good exercise for me, because as I get older, certain details just seem to fade away. Since that initial project, I regularly add things to my database....

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FamilySearch Wiki: Your On-Call Research Assistant references & resources tools & technology Jun 30, 2021

When it comes to genealogy, finding records can be a challenge. Well my friend, if you’re in this boat, this is for you!

The biggest question we try to answer is: Does a record exist for the time and place of interest, and where on earth is it?

So, how can you go about finding records, both those you’re familiar with and those you’re not?

The FamilySearch Wiki is a great online tool. Consider it your on-call research assistant. You can head over there any time, day or night,...

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