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Do-Over Week 2: I’m still setting aside and sorting

The Genealogy Do-Over is into its second week, but I am still doing part of the first week preparation tasks. I am setting aside the database I have lived with for years to start building it again, but as I’ve … Continue reading

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Do-Over Week 1: Getting Ready

Setting aside what I’ve done so far in ten years of researching my family connections is only the first part of Week 1 of this genealogy do-over. The next step is to prepare for research by figuring out what tools … Continue reading

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Do-Over Week 1: Setting Aside

Well, I asked for it, and it arrived in my inbox today — the topics for the first week of Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over. They are simple enough, but oh so hard to contemplate. The first step is to set … Continue reading

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My Golden Rules for the Genealogy Do-Over

It’s not surprising that Thomas MacEntee’s proposed Genealogy Do-Over has been popular with hundreds of people, even before we get going. As we approach the start in the new year, he has posted some Golden Rules, both his own and … Continue reading

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Let’s get organized

In my day job, I advise companies about their web properties, including their website and sometimes their presence in social media. Many of the forward-thinking companies take advantage of blogging platforms to publicize information of interest to their customers, using … Continue reading

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Ready to start over

Once again, Geneablogger Thomas MacEntee has read the inner thoughts of many of us and proposed what we all have been thinking we should tackle: the do-over. Except this time, it’s not just a nagging idea we don’t confess out … Continue reading

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One-Name Studies

Inevitably, as we try to hunt down our ancestors, we come across people bearing the surname we’re seeking, but who are not identifiably related to us. Some people simply discard these finds. I hate to do that, particularly for a … Continue reading

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Once you get started …

The trouble with the 52 Ancestors challenge that I wrote about last week is that the minute I think I have selected a good candidate from my tree, I look up what information I have, and then think, well, I’ll … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #1 Roy William Gradwell

Genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow has issued a challenge to blog about one ancestor every week, a great idea that should get us thinking about some of the individuals in our trees and sharing details that help bring their stories to life. … Continue reading

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The problem with starting over

Many of us began our genealogy research before we really understood how to evaluate or document our information sources. A year ago, I decided to be more rigorous by taking another look at the sources I had amassed for my … Continue reading

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