In episode #36, we had the pleasure of interviewing Kenyatta D. Berry about her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit, a Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy. Kenyatta was in Tampa for a few TV tapings and a visit to our local genealogical society and was gracious enough to spend some time with … Continue reading An Interview with Kenyatta D. Berry
Here are a few takeaways from our podcast on German Reseach. Do as much research at home before jetting off to Germany, I think that is a given but some of us are eager for a transatlantic vacay of sorts. Know what town or region your ancestors were from. It is very difficult to … Continue reading German Research
Can brothers and sisters of your ancestor help you knock down those brick walls? Absolutely! We all have those brick walls where our direct ancestor has very little to tell in terms of leaving documents behind. They do not have a birth or death certificate, they left no will. We can only find them in … Continue reading Sibling Research
Every genealogist loves the pursuit of evidence. We happily spend hours checking court records, walking a cemetery and reviewing source materials in a library, however not many genealogists enjoy the hours spent writing reports, cataloging documents, citing sources and storing that evidence. Let’s be honest, most of us have at least one pile of … Continue reading WHAT TO DO WITH RESEARCH RESULTS
Back in April Amy and I headed up to Columbus, Ohio in search of answers to some of our most confounding genealogical questions. In the course of five days, we hit 10 counties, discovered a winery, ate delicious food and ended up exhausted. We decided four days of hard research was probably the sweet spot, take … Continue reading Genealogy Research Trip Tips
Timelines are an invaluable tool for genealogists and family historians. They help us solve problems and see what is missing in our research. There are quite a few webinars and blogs on timelines and how to create them so I am not going to do that here. I am going to share with you what … Continue reading Timelines
That is my question for the month. Yes, I know it has been a while since I asked a question but truly I have been doing some research. As our most recent podcast is about getting ready for a research trip and since Amy and I have planned one, I thought I better do a … Continue reading Am I Ready for My Research Trip?
While on a vacation to not so sunny California, my mother and I went through some photos she had from France. Many we knew the people but there were a few that we did not. This one above is one of those photos. We were lucky in the fact that someone had written information on … Continue reading French Photographs
A visual history of your family is invaluable and so easy to share. There does not have to be a lot of writing, just a few facts. Put a page together and share it with your family members.
This week I thought I would ask a question about someone in my SIL's tree. Remember the advice to stay focused? Well, I had a difficult time following my own advice to stay on track and stay focused on the question at hand. Step away from the research. After a brief break to refocus I … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole and how a question was answered