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Backing Up Your Genealogy Records

This might be a quick and common sense tip for most folks who regularly work on family history research, but I was reminded of something today — you absolutely must back up your genealogy research. I learned this lesson the hard way when I was just a teenager. I started climbing my family tree when I was 16. I started with the basics — interviewing family in older generations for example, including both of my...

Where to Start Your Free Ancestry Search

Are you new to researching your family history? If so, you’ve probably been in this situation at least once: you found a family history research site, you ran what looked like a free ancestry search, and then you were told that the site found results for your ancestors. “Awesome!” you probably thought. But wait. Then you found out the records were only viewable if you paid for premium access to the site....

Ancestry Offers Free Access to 1 Billion New Famil...

Just a quick announcement. Ancestry is running a limited time promotion through the weekend (ending at midnight, September 1, 2014) with free access to over a billion new global records. As an added perk, you don’t need to enter a credit card to access these records during this promotion (though that’s a requirement for the standard 14 day free trial). Advertisement This promotion covers the...

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...