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It’s catch up time!

Summer weather is finally here and my day job hours have become sensible again, so I can turn to catching up on the genealogy tasks I have put aside for months. I missed most of not one, but two, rounds … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Begin again, again

Stuck? Overwhelmed? Have you forgotten where you left off? There are lots of ways to restart your genealogy research, and there is no better time than now (in the northern hemisphere at least) during the cold grey days of winter.  … Continue reading

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Starting Over with Sources

January is a new starting point for a lot of things. It coincides with very cold weather  where I am and usually a little more free time than at other times of year, so I naturally turn to my genealogy … Continue reading

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A good discussion of research logs

The hunt for the perfect research log got a lot shorter after I listened to the recent podcast from Geni.com in which Thomas MacEntee discusses his approach and even offers a ready-made template that covers a lot of what I … Continue reading

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What does your research log look like?

Recently an editor friend and I were discussing genealogy research and how we make notes along the way. She was involved in creating a research log notebook some years ago and we wondered about the best approach now that we … Continue reading

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