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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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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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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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6 Practical Tips to Improve Your First Draft

As an editor, I’ve seen writing that runs the gamut from copy in a really rough state to writing that’s quite polished with few errors. No matter what you’re writing—a book, a marketing brochures, or an email blast—a rougher work

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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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