Dual Citizenship: Is it Worth It?

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Learn about my discovery in 2011 of being a dual US-German citizen, my 3-year journey into getting proof of German citizenship, and later getting my German passport. Then explore the 8+ years of comments with readers sharing their own journeys through this process of dual German citizenship (in the US and elsewhere), and get their tips on figuring out if you’re eligible for a German passport and working with German consulates and missions help you through the process.

Genealogy Prompt 6: Set Up a Private Family Tree for Research

Browsing public family trees online can be exciting. You might suddenly come across a treasure trove of information about one of your ancestors — their parents’ names, other children, or even further generations back. But that doesn’t mean making your own working tree public is a good idea. In fact, it’s much wiser to keep … Read more

Genealogy Prompt 4: Document Your Family Traditions

Genealogy is about more than researching your family’s past. It’s also about documenting the present for future generations. For this week’s genealogy prompt, take some time to write down or otherwise document your family traditions for your children, grandchildren, or other family. Why Document Family Traditions? When you keep records of your family’s traditions, you give … Read more

Genealogy Prompt 1: Reach Out to a Relative

Today I’m kicking off a new series of weekly genealogy prompts. These will include family history research prompts as well as genealogy writing prompts. Why Genealogy Prompts? Whether you’re new to researching your family history or an experienced genealogist, your next steps aren’t always clear. Sometimes this is because you’ve hit a brick wall and … Read more

When Family History Research Feels Overwhelming

I’ve been researching my family’s history since I was 16 years old. And it’s something I feel both passionate and curious about. But every now and then I step away from that genealogy research because it feels overwhelming. I have almost 3000 people in my family tree at this point. And as much I love … Read more

What You Can Learn in Census Records

Some of the best genealogical tools available to family history researchers are census records. Not only can they tell you where your ancestors lived at different points in time, but they can tell you much more about them, their lives, and their families. While the information found in federal census forms varies a bit from … Read more

3 Reasons to Introduce Kids to Genealogy

In a recent post, I mentioned getting involved in genealogy as a teenager. I don’t remember doing this as a child, such as for a school family tree project. But I wish I’d have been introduced to family history research at a younger age. Today I’d like to share why that is by sharing three … Read more