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Quick Tip: What to do if Your Family Tree Becomes ...

Not long ago I showed someone my family tree. It’s a pretty decent size at around 2000 people, although I’m sure some of you have far bigger ones. This person asked me a very good question. They wanted to know how I could find anything in there. It just looked like one big jumbled mess to them. You see, I primarily work with my entire family tree. I’ve gotten very good at finding what (or whom) I need....

Are Other Family Trees a Reliable Research Source?

One of the best family history research tools on the Web also has the potential to cause the biggest headaches — other family trees. The great thing about being able to browse others’ family trees is that some distant relative is probably researching some branch of your tree. Those people may have access to information and records that you don’t have. And by sharing trees online, you can each learn something...

The Role of Social Networking in Family History Re...

Family history research today can be much easier for amateurs and professionals like, especially when starting to work on a new family tree. One tool we now have that wasn’t available in the not-so-near past is the social network. You might think of social networking as chatting with your friends online using Facebook. But social networks of all kinds can play a role in your genealogical research too. Here are a few...

5 Free Family Tree Search Resources in the U.S.

Premium genealogy resources are all over the place. But when you’re just starting out (or considering family history research as a hobby), you probably don’t want to dole out the cash for expensive subscriptions. Fortunately you don’t have to. There are numerous free genealogy research websites out there that can help you get started. It’s a good idea to exhaust these resources before paying for...

3 Android Genealogy Apps

In the process of fiddling with my new Android phone, I’ve been testing out several genealogy apps. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorites. Ancestry –┬áThis app from Ancestry.com really isn’t that robust. It’s less about being able to do research on the road (I’d just use the full site for that), and more about carrying your Ancestry family tree with you to share with others. I find...