Research Plans, Mind Maps and a Case Study

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

‘I can trace my tree back to Adam and Eve’ and other things NOT to expect when starting your genealogy

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

Social History Resources: Why I love to use them!

This month’s Genealogy Blog Potluck Picnic hosted by Little Bites of Life really got me thinking.  A favorite genealogical resource?  I have so many!  I couldn’t pick just one so I went with a subject that I love and that is using social history to add flesh to the bones of our ancestors.  It’s one … Continue reading Social History Resources: Why I love to use them!

Why Should We Index?

The world's records aren’t just names and dates.  They are collectively who we are. We’ve all been the recipients of someone’s hard work as we make some of those wonderful family history finds.  Shouldn’t we then find a way to give back?  I think so.  That’s one of the reasons I index – to pay … Continue reading Why Should We Index?