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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...

Tips for Researching Your Family History in a Fore...

One of my biggest challenges in family history research is finding information on my family in Germany. But through my own struggles to find information, I’ve learned a lot about research family history in a foreign country along the way. Today I’d like to share a few of those things I’ve learned. Here are five tips for research your family history in a foreign country (assuming you can’t physically be...

Can’t Find Your Relatives in the 1940 Census...

I just wanted to share a quick tip with any other family history buffs who have struggled to find their relatives in the 1940 U.S. census when searching on Ancestry.com. A couple of weeks ago, I searched for several ancestors (as soon as it became searchable there actually). And I had very little luck. On a whim, I decided to search another site using their free trial — Archives.com. Amazingly, my ancestors’ names...

The Broken Branch of a Family Tree – Unexpla...

I’ve talked about my issues proving my German citizenship. And I may have figured out a part of the problem. While we know the basic history of my family and their locations, the officials might be struggling to find documents on their end due to a potential name change (not covered in what they actually asked for, which is all I provided). Here’s the gist. I couldn’t find much information about my great...

Dual Citizenship: Is it Worth It?

I believe I’ve mentioned it here before, but a couple of years ago during my genealogy research I discovered that my brothers and I were born dual U.S.-German citizens. And for more than two years, I’ve been cutting through bureaucratic red tape trying to get a German certificate of citizenship to prove it. Now let me be clear. We were definitely born dual citizens. We meet every requirement. But there is still a...