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Free Databases on Subscription Genealogy Websites

Did you know most subscription-based genealogy websites make some of their databases available for free? They do this so you can get a taste of what using their site will be like. The databases they offer range from very narrowly

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Personal Library Apps for Genealogists

Got a huge collection of genealogy books, as well as other books and movies? It might be time to consider using a personal library app to keep track of them. In the September 2016 Family Tree Magazine, my article in the

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The Freelance Life: Newsletter Writing

Freelance writing is a career path that’s a mystery to most. The type of work you can do as a freelance writer has endless possibilities—from writing copy for ads and marketing brochures to writing articles for newsletters, websites, magazines, and

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Build Your FamilySearch Tree Tutorial

If you’re looking for a place to house your family tree online, consider the FamilySearch Family Tree. This tool on the free genealogy giant website FamilySearch.org lets you build your family tree as part of a world tree, which allows

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A Year in the Life of a Freelance Writer and Editor

Last year, I wrote a blog post about the projects I worked on the prior year because I often get asked, “So you’re a freelancer. What do you really do?” This year, I’m continuing this new tradition of taking a

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7 Tips for Interviewing Sources Via Email

No matter what writing project I work on—an article for magazine, a blog post for a university website, or even researching to write a book—some sources just prefer to answer interview questions via email. While interviews in person or via

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Alumni Magazine Writing: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

In the latest Mount Mary Magazine, the alumnae magazine for Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, I was asked to seek out research about the value of a liberal arts education and showcase in a magazine feature article how this particular institution

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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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How to Know It’s Time for a Career Change

Two years ago I made a big career change: I gave up my full-time job with benefits to become a full-time freelance writer and editor. As I’ve talked with my friends throughout the past couple of years, many of them

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What I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor

“So, you’re a freelancer, but what do you really do?” When I first started my full-time freelance writing and editing gig two years ago today, I got this question a lot, especially from family and friends and even from business

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