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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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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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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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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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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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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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