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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.

Are You Reading the Help Section? references & resources tools & technology Nov 09, 2022

Your favorite genealogy or genealogy-related website may have some secrets…

Wait, what secrets?

Each website has its own search algorithms, so the way you search on one site, may not be effective on another. Case in point: For many websites, a question mark represents one character (e.g., Sm?th), but at WorldCat, it’s the pound symbol (a.k.a. hashtag) that represents one character (e.g., Sm#th).

That’s just one example, but just know that each site's search works...

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Gazetteers for Genealogy & 4 Ways to Find Them references & resources Sep 09, 2022

If you’re looking for another way to learn about the places your ancestors lived, gazetteers are something to be explored. Let’s take a look at what gazetteers are and how to find them (and yes, there are many available for free online!). Plus, I'll share two pro tips so that you can find and utilize gazetteers with ease.

What is a Gazetteer & How Can They Help?

First, you might be wondering what the heck a gazetteer is. Many years ago, when I was first encouraged to seek out...

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1950 US Census Part 2: Prepping for the Release methods & strategies records references & resources Feb 24, 2022

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

The release of the 1950 US census is right around the corner on April 1, 2022, so you might be wondering how you can be ready to start searching on Day 1. In this post I’ll walk you through my process so you can use it or adapt it for your own preparation.

Before we dive in, you might be wondering why I’m prepping for the census release. First, I want to know who in my database may be in the 1950 census,...

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1950 US Census Part 1: What You Need To Know references & resources Feb 17, 2022

Can you believe that we’re a month-and-a-half away from the release of the 1950 US census on April 1, 2022? I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited because this is the first census that my parents appear in, so I will definitely be looking for them on Day 1.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering what will actually happen on Day 1. In this post, I’ll share what I’ve been able to find out, plus I’ll show you the census form...

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Unearth Genealogy Treasures With PERSI: Part 3 references & resources tools & technology Feb 10, 2022

Welcome to Part 3 of this 3-part series about the PERiodical Source Index (or PERSI for short). In Part 1 I explained that PERSI is a subject index to all sorts of wonderful resources in genealogical and historical society periodicals. I also shared seven different types of articles that you could find that can help you with your research. In Part 2, I demonstrated how to search for articles in PERSI using the new version available through the Allen County Public Library’s website.

If...

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