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.

My #1 Genealogy Problem-Solving Strategy methods & strategies Apr 07, 2021

Do you want to know my #1 go-to strategy for solving genealogy research problems?

While I don't believe in a magic potion to erase a genealogy brick wall, I do believe in tried-and-true strategies and putting in the work. Yep...you've got to put in the work

So what's my #1 strategy? REVIEW YOUR WORK!

This is so critical, and oftentimes you actually have the answer among all the records you've collected, or at the very least, you have some clues to help you plan your next steps.

I can't even...

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The Dos & Don'ts of an Effective Genealogy Query methods & strategies Mar 26, 2021

In genealogy, asking for help is a good thing. In fact, it happens to be a problem-solving strategy I advocate (you can grab a copy of my free problem-solving guide here).

Asking for help usually involves a query. You might decide to post a query on a message board or in a Facebook group, or you might even reach out to librarians and archivists in places where your ancestors lived. When you compose a query, there are some dos and don’ts you’ll want to follow so that you can help...

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Cyndi's List: A Must-Have In Your Genealogy Toolbox references & resources tools & technology Mar 10, 2021

I started to write this post back in October 2020, but things got in the way and I never finished the post. Apparently, there was a reason to hold off...

You see, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Cyndi's List I guess it was serendipitous that I waited until now

So what is Cyndi's List? I consider Cyndi's List an information superhighway of all things genealogy on the Internet. It's essentially a free directory of links to genealogy resources and references all over the web....

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A Genealogy Goldmine in Delayed Birth Certificates records Feb 24, 2021

While not always reliable for the birth event, delayed birth certificates can be extremely helpful. In this video, I'll show you some examples of just how helpful they can be.

But first, I want to point out that these certificates can be filed in their own record set, or they can be intermingled with the original birth certificates in birth date order. Also, if you happen to have a birth certificate filed at the time of the birth, you might still find a delayed registration. This could...

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FamilySearch: If You’re Not Using the Catalog, You May Be Missing Out references & resources tools & technology Feb 10, 2021

If you're only using the Historical Records Collection portion of the FamilySearch site, you may be missing out on a lot of other records, both online and offline.

Check out this video to see why. I'll also take you on a quick tour of the catalog to show you how to identify what’s immediately accessible online, what’s available online with restrictions, and what’s available offline.


Pick a location that you research in often. Then, head over to the FamilySearch catalog and...

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