Being a genealogist means using primary sources as much as possible, and the majority of those sources are handwritten on paper. Two challenges exist with these handwritten records: 1. Writing styles were manuscript (cursive) with neatness, spelling and abbreviations … [Read more...] about Understanding Handwritten Records
Oftentimes when doing genealogical research with original documents, you will find handwritten records done by clerks, doctors, or church officials. The quality of the documents varies according to the conditions in which they were kept. They may be faded, turning brown, or even … [Read more...] about Transcribing Documents – Why Do It?
At some point in everyone’s genealogy research, there is time and place where we get stuck. It is then that we need to stop searching and start thinking. It is incredibly easy on the internet and genealogy websites to enter just one more search term, or just click through a … [Read more...] about Using Logic in Genealogy
If you are new to genealogy, you've likely not heard of RootsTech. RootsTech is the yearly genealogy convention held each January in Salt Lake City, Utah. Organized by the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints (LDS), it is the largest gathering of genealogists and … [Read more...] about Enjoy RootsTech All Year
Everyone gets stuck while doing their genealogy research. We lose the trail of our ancestor’s lives and aren’t sure how to pick it up next. This is my top tip to get your research back on track: Resist creating a story about what happened to your ancestors. It’s very … [Read more...] about Stuck? Here’s My #1 Tip