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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...

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...

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...

Should You Launch Your Own Family History Blog?

Whether you’re brand new to genealogy of you’ve been researching your family tree for years, you might have considered launching a family history blog. But should you? A family history blog is a personal blog that details your own personal history. While this is a broader genealogy blog with tips and resources too, I have a section of Climb Your Family Tree which details some of my own findings as an...