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Social Security Records

Social Security Death Index  

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.  …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 18, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Marketing

 Marketing Management  

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: 

  • Promotion/Displays 
  • Public…
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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 16, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Death Indexes Online

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.  …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 15, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Many Facets of the Family Story

 

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.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 14, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

Marketing and Sales Management

Sales Management

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!  …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 13, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Your Family Photographs

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…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 12, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments

Using Research Logs

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…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 11, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments

Vital Statistics in Newspapers

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…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on January 10, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Methodology Part 2: Transcribing and Abstracting

By Shannon Bennett, Student with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

The more we dig into our past the more we come across documents in varying states. Some are pristine and new while others are decades old and crumbling. Which is why I was happy to see these first two modules in …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on December 11, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Most Interesting Course I've Taken: Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects

By Sandy Fackler, PLCGS. Student with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

 

I knew little about the aspects of photography when I registered for Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects in December. Now, I want to…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on December 8, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Methodology Part 2: An Introduction

Shannon Bennett, Student with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies 

                                                             Shelves Of Files by Stuart…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on December 5, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments

Strategic Planning for Your Genealogy Business

Once you set up your small business it is not enough to simply sit back and wait for clients to come to you. In order to keep the business viable and successful, you must focus your attention on its overall operation and growth. This is where a Business Plan can help.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on December 2, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Finishing up Methodology Part 1

Shannon Bennett, Student with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

I came to the world of genealogy just over three years ago. That is not to say that I was not interested for years before that, but that is when the stars finally aligned and lead me to this path. My little girl dream of participating in the “grown-up” world of family storytelling (aka genealogy) had come true.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 29, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Congratulations!!!

Please join us in a round of applause to CONGRATULATE our newest graduates. …

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 26, 2018 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Growing Your Genealogy Business

When, why, and how to grow your genealogy business are important questions to tackle. These questions may always be in the back of your mind, but unless you formally address them periodically, you may never take the necessary actions, or you may find your business growing in a way you do not like or are not prepared for. Some small business owners are content, and rightly so, with the size of their business, which suits them perfectly. Growing your business is not a requirement.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 26, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Who's the Informant?

Once we verify the type of source we are looking at we need to evaluate the information found in that source. Then, after all of the information, we have obtained from our sources has been evaluated and analyzed, it becomes evidence to help answer a research question.

According to the Evidence Analysis Process Map, information is based on the informant’s knowledge of the event and whether that knowledge is primary, secondary, or undetermined.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 20, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Transcription!: Methodology Part 1

Shannon Bennett, Student with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

These last two Methodology, Part 1 modules nicely wrapped up this course. They covered resources for research as well as explanations of record sets. While I was familiar with most of these I did…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 17, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Incorporating Social History Into Family History

By Sandy Fackler, PLCGS (student) with The National Institute for Genealogical Studies

When I first started doing genealogy I collected names, dates, and places. I was a genealogist. Years later I became a family historian. Besides those names, dates and places, I wanted to know the what, when, where, and how. I needed the meat on the bones.…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 14, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The Search is Afoot: Methodology Part 1

Shannon Bennett, Student

Anyone who discovers a passion for family history also discovers an addiction that they can’t describe except to others who share it. Being able to describe what I want to do and why, is something that I have struggled with from time to time. I am sure you can relate. Which is why I was excited to see a description of exactly who I want to be written in black and white in the first pages of this course.

A quote from Ethel W. Williams…

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Added by Angela Rodesky on November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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