We’ve all seen them. Those Ancestry search results that pop up with a few details but without an image attached. They provide tantalizing bits of information but thorough researchers know that they need to find the original record, if at all possible. These 'Text-only' collections can often be used as a finding aid to the … Continue reading Locating Original Records for ‘Text Only’ Indexes on Ancestry
We’ve all seen them. Family trees with children born to a mother who died before their birth, or three children born in the same year and linked to the same parents (and they are not triplets). People marrying at age 10, and women having babies in their 70s. As we research, it is essential to … Continue reading Does it make sense?
You’re excited to start researching one of your ancestors. You jump in but soon find yourself following those BSOs (Bright Shiny Objects) down many different paths. At the end of 2 hours you have little to show for your effort. This is where a Research Plan can come in handy. What is a Research Plan? … Continue reading Research Plans, Mind Maps and a Case Study
It's Back to School and over at Little Bytes of Life Elizabeth O’Neal is asking what we think our students need to learn. Elizabeth states that our "students" could be: genealogists of any level, from brand-new to advanced, children and/or teens, genealogy bloggers, disinterested family members who roll their eyes when you talk about genealogy even … Continue reading ‘I can trace my tree back to Adam and Eve’ and other things NOT to expect when starting your genealogy