Discovering DNA Testing – Opening New Doors to Genealogy Trees – Part 2

It’s 2018 and we are learning more than ever from our DNA. In “Discovering DNA Testing – Opening New Doors to Genealogy Trees – Part 1“, I explained how DNA testing helps us understand our medical background, genetic traits, heritage and finding distant relatives. Here’s a summary of how we can use our DNA to find family and relatives.

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Using Technology to Map the Lives of Our Ancestors

It’s not a genealogy research secret that census records are extremely helpful when learning about our ancestors. They provide names, relations, occupations and where they lived. If you can find the records, they also provide underlying details of where ancestors may have moved to throughout their lives. How do census records from the past work with resources of today such as…

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Exploring the Mountain West Digital Library

We often find the need to locate genealogical records that go beyond Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and many other sites that provide access to databases. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with those websites, there is just soooo much information out there that has yet to be found. Some of these databases could be more local to you than you…

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Church Records – An Invaluable but Often Unknown Resource

Despite your current religious affiliation or belief, you may have come across the need to research church records to find information regarding your ancestors. One of these resources may be through the Catholic Church system. I recently attended an event that explained Sacramental Church Records, how they are useful in genealogy research and how to contact the church for…

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Genealogical Proof Standard 101

genealogy proof standard

By definition, the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) is a guideline for establishing or proving the reliability of a genealogical conclusion with reasonable certainty. The accuracy of research and records is important within the genealogical community for clearly communicating the quality of research performed by a person such as a professional genealogist or family historian.

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The Ancestor Hunt

There are a lot of great resources on the internet to research history, family history and other topics of general interest involving people. Recently, I discovered the website “The Ancestor Hunt” as a free resource for finding online newspapers from all over the United States and Canada. Website owner Kenneth R. Marks has collected a multitude of newspaper, obituary…

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