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Tuesday Tips #17

Today’s Tuesday Tips is to always ensure you know Geography of the areas you ancestors lived. This context may explain many actions your ancestors took. For example, if you know where streets and churches are in relation to each other they places your ancestors baptisms, burials and marriages will make more sense. When I was […]

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Tuesday Tips #16

Here are some great questions to ask relatives to learn more about those who came before you: What is a signature thing that person would say? What was their favorite thing to drink? What was a meal that they cooked that you enjoyed? What is a time they gave you really good advice? What was […]

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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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Finding Grandad’s Grave: A Tale of Luck

A year ago today, it was a grey bank holiday Monday morning, I forced my Dad to get up early, and we went to Morley Cemetery. Armed with a photo from Find A Grave, we had one goal in mind: find the grave of our Dad, and Grandad, Richard Hall. Richard died when my dad […]

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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 #11

Today’s Tuesday Tip is to always review your research and records found. It may seem a bit superfluous but it is always helpful and you never know you might break down a brick wall? For example, after viewing a possible burial of my 4th Great Grandmother, Ann Butcher (formerly Webley), I noticed another burial which […]

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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 #8

Hello there, today is the first Tuesday Tip and I’m excited to share this with you! One genealogy database that I find to be incredibly overlooked is Ancestry’s “U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880.” One reason I think this is such an overlooked source because the index for the database doesn’t say a lot. […]

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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 #6

Have an ancestor who was a priest or a nun and having trouble finding them? So did Gearoid, a while ago he needed help to find one of his ancestors who was a priest and he couldn’t find the death cert under his birth name. The priest in this case had taken another name and […]