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Tuesday Tips #15

Welcome back to Tuesday Tips! This week’s tip is to look at the Card Catalog on Ancestry, FindMyPast, and FamilySearch. These Card Catalogs have a host of collections. FamilySearch by far has the largest but many of their records aren’t indexed so it’s important to look at the films. Ancestry only searches some of its […]

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Tuesday Tips #13

Welcome back! Presentism is the concept that we should view our ancestors within the world that they lived in. We must not put our morals on the past. I think this is concept that most amateur genealogist often miss. We as a group need to get better at looking at historical events and people in […]

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Tuesday Tips #12

Welcome back to Tuesday Tips! Is to check if an Index has images. This may sound like a given but sometimes we forget or don’t check because we think “there’s no way this records online” or “it is but it’ll take too long to find it”. Well maybe the latter one is true, but it’s […]

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Tuesday Tips #10

Welcome back to Tuesday Tips! This weeks tip is to use Research Logs! I know you’ve probably heard it a million times but it really important and such a time saver. I will admit I’m not the most consistent with research logs. I usually forget to make one of my ancestors, This is because first I haven’t […]

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Tuesday Tips #9

This week’s Tuesday Tip is to read up on local history. Context is important when looking at our ancestor’s life. Some questions that need to be asked are: What wars were going on? Who lead the country? Who was the religious leader? What Major events occurred? Laws passed, Industrialization, Weather events, etc. These are just […]

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Tuesday Tips #7

This week’s Tuesday Tip is to look at Research Wikis. There are many different wikis, some of my favorite are Familysearch Wiki, Rootsweb Wiki, and International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki. All of the Wikis listed above can be invaluable to new and experienced genealogists. FamilySearch’s Wiki is the go-to with all things paper genealogy. […]

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Tuesday Tips #5

A’lot of beginning genealogists have an obsession with their surname and its origin. This in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it can lead down the wrong path. Many “genealogical” sites will purport to have your family crest and know exactly where your family’s from.  For example take the Surname Nor, This is typically […]

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Tuesday Tips #3

On the Census there is an X next to my ancestor’s name! Why? This is an easy one! The X is who the informant was. Sadly this only works for the 1940 census as that was the only census that recorded the informant. Even so this can tell you a lot of about the family, […]

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Tuesday Tips #2

How can I tell if my ancestors were Illiterate? First, let’s define Illiterate, Illiterate means “unable to read or write” (Oxford Dictionary). Many of our ancestors were illiterate, especially if you have non-western ancestry, Eastern European ancestry, or poor ancestors. Historically public schools didn’t exist and even when they did not every child attended. Some […]

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Tuesday Tips #1

Welcome to Tuesday Tips! You may be asking what are Tuesday Tips? Well, Tuesday Tips are little tips I will give every Tuesday. My main goal with Tuesday Tips is to educate young or not so young genealogists about the small details often hidden or overlooked in a record. This week’s question is “What is […]