The process of writing a research report is a great way to capture your analysis and collect your thoughts. Although your report does not have to be a formal document, you will want to include your name, the date of the report, and the research question. …Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 22, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments
Geography is an important element in your family history research. Did your ancestor contend with mountains, valleys, or waterways? The best way to answer these questions and potentially uncover new research avenues is to take a look at maps, particularly those contemporary to the time periods with which you are researching.…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 21, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments
The “idea” of photography dates back to the 10th century “camera obscura” and “pinhole camera” described by the Arab scientist, Abu Ali al-Hasan (or Alhzaen), author of The Book of Optics. The camera obscura was a large dark box with a hole in one end which could produce an inverted image opposite it. It is the forerunner of today’s cameras. All it lacked was a lens and means of fixing the image chemically.
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 20, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments
As you begin searching for mentions of your ancestor in the newspaper, you may begin to wonder if you are reading a foreign language. The vernacular or abbreviations that you are reading are the result of the newspaper world, or the general colloquialism of the time.
Abbreviations may be a little…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 19, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments
You can view the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) online via many genealogy websites including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, GenealogyBank, Fold3, and Findmypast. A person who died before 1962 is not likely to be on the SSDI. If the date of a person’s death is known, and that person is not on the SSDI, it is likely the family never filed for the death benefit. …Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 18, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments
Constantly be on the lookout for great marketing strategies, even if the businesses are not within the realm of genealogy. Some of the major elements of marketing are:
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 16, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments
US Death Indexes
There are many different death indexes online. Please note that most indexes do not include every year. Remember that a name in an index is not proof that this is the researcher’s person! Often the person you are seeking is not the first to have this name and won’t be the last! Never assume the indexed name is your person and stop your research at that point. …Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 15, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
By Shannon Bennett, Student
Have you ever thought about how many points of view there are within one family story? Each person who was there heard, saw, felt, or interpreted the situation differently. Just ask your family about an event from when you were a child. I bet that while similar, they are all different.…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 14, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
Marketing goes hand in hand with sales, as it provides a way to get the word out about your services and products, and a way to attract prospective clients. In a small business, however, the owner is often the only salesperson, marketing director, and grunt, along with everything else! …Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 13, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
Handling and Sorting
Older photographs are fragile and easily damaged. The best way to reduce damage is to not handle photographs at all. Since that is not always practical, gloves should be worn when they are handled. Gloves prevent transferring dirt and skin oils on the delicate images. When handling images, put on the gloves and hold the prints by their edges.
If the photo is a cabinet card or a carte…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 12, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
Research Logs 101
Are you using a research log? The first step in reviewing the research you have completed to-date is to refer to your research log. Unfortunately, when many of us start our genealogy journey, keeping track of our findings is likely the last thing on our mind.
Typically, a research…Continue
Added by Angela Rodesky on January 11, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
Vital records are the listings of births, marriage, and deaths recorded for a given town, county or state. The vital records that we seek are a relatively new record, in many instances not coming into existence until the 1900s.
When searching for births marriages, or deaths, the first place that we look is the officially recorded records at the…Continue
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