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Top 5 Reasons I Love FamilySearch.org

As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, FamilySearch.org is one of my favorite genealogy websites. In fact, it’s a site I like so much that I just wrote a book about it, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org. So what is

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Summertime Fun at Living History Destinations

One of the most memorable summer vacations from my childhood was a family trip to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. We got to see battle re-enactments and learn about bayonets. We played 1700s-era children’s games. We tried to churn butter. We

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The Writing of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the past few months, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and ShopFamilyTree.com. Writing this book has been an amazing process. FamilySearch.org has

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Why Browsing Images on FamilySearch Pays Off

When many of us think about our favorite genealogy websites, we think about the ones that allow us to search records easily—sites like FamilySearch and Ancestry.com that have great search tools. What we often (me included) overlook, are the records

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3 Things I Learned While Editing the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com

Last year, I had the wonderful opportunity to edit Nancy Hendrickson’s Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com. Before editing the book, I thought I knew Ancestry.com pretty well, especially since I often used it in my freelance work for Family Tree Magazine

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Wonderfully Unexpected Finds on FamilySearch.org

I think FamilySearch is my official favorite genealogy research website. It seems like every time I visit their site I end up staying up way past my bedtime and finding new information about my family. Last year, I was taking advantage of Ancestry.com‘s

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Fun Genealogy Find With a New Searching Approach

If you can’t tell from my blog posts, one of my hobbies is genealogy. I never really knew I was interested in family history until I started working for a genealogy magazine right after college. Then I started to learn

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Gratefulness for Genealogy Volunteers

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say that I am grateful for genealogy volunteers—the people who volunteer their time to index and post information online we may never otherwise find. Last year, after Googling to find more

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A World War II Hero’s War Story

When I started researching my family history several years ago, I never imagined what I would find. In particular, I never imagined what I would learn about my own grandfather and his military service during World War II. My grandpa

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Get Organized: 3 Tips for Genealogists

Writing the article “9 Habits of Highly Organized Genealogists” for Family Tree Magazine’s September 2014 issue gave me a chance to review the ways I organize my genealogy files. I asked myself: How can I improve my genealogy file organization?

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