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.

Don't Overlook Academic Libraries methods & strategies references & resources Jun 16, 2021

Academic libraries are probably one of the most overlooked repositories when it comes to genealogy research. But the universities and colleges in the states in which your ancestors lived should definitely be on your list of places to look. These libraries usually contain special collections or archives related to the history of the state or region, as well as the areas surrounding the campus. Even better, many universities are digitizing their archival collections and making them available...

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Are You Using These 3 Genealogy Record Types? records Jun 03, 2021

As genealogists, we typically use core records when we start exploring a person or a family. These core records include censuses, vital records, probate records and wills, gravestones, and land records. But these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are three records types I want to call attention to. These are what I consider next-level sources.

1. Cemetery Records

I know, I just said gravestones were a typical core record. True, but I’m talking about records beyond the gravestones....

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3 Resources for Researching in Another Country methods & strategies references & resources tools & technology May 19, 2021

Wanna know my secret for researching in other countries?

It's all about studying the location!

This of course applies to ANY location, not just other countries.

But how do you go about studying a location? Well, there are plenty of resources out there that can help with that! These three resources are my go-tos when I need to get started with researching in a new-to-me country (or a new town/state/region of a country).

1. FamilySearch Wiki

The FamilySearch Wiki has oodles of information on...

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3 Criteria of a Research Question methods & strategies Apr 23, 2021

My biggest joy comes when I get to roll my sleeves up and teach...so today, I'm dropping a love bomb with this 5-minute fix.

When you sit down to research, do you find yourself wandering around, bouncing from record to record, then hours later realize you've gone down 10 different rabbit holes? Yep...been there, done that.

In my signature program I show genealogists how to go from stuck to unstuck using my problem-solving framework. It's all about getting organized and making a plan to stay...

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3 Research Strategies for Challenging Locations methods & strategies Apr 14, 2021

Last week I went live on Facebook and shared three different strategies for working in challenging locations. I thought I'd share them here too, so here we go...

First, what do I mean by "challenging" locations? Well, when I asked what folks wanted me to cover in my lives this month, a few people mentioned "difficult" locations and southern states, which I'm wrapping into "difficult" because there's a good deal of record loss in southern states, making them a little challenging to work in....

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