There's a hope that wells up with the arrival of an issue of a genealogy newsletter or journal. Maybe, just maybe, it will contain "the Golden Article" — the one that spells out the entire family (or at least breaks down a brick wall.) We skim the table of contents, peruse the index... and toss it aside when our ancestor isn't listed. Here are 3 reasons why you should pick up that journal and look again.
Finding your ancestor in the census is a great way to extend the family tree, but what do you do when you just know he should be there, but he isn't turning up in your searches? When that happens, it's time to stop searching and start browsing old school style. Here's how to browse the census by location in both Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Many genealogists have a love/hate relationship with Ancestry's hints. Those little shaky leaves can yield great clues, but like leaves in the fall, it can feel overwhelming when they start piling up. Here's how to manage those hints.
Wills can be invaluable to our genealogy research. But if your ancestor didn't leave a will, don't fret. There are still tons of clues in the estate papers. In fact, you might find even more than if he or she left a will. Here's how to spot the children when your ancestor didn't leave a will.
If your genealogy research takes you to Missouri, professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt has 4 places you need to check out. Show me the records! (It is the Show Me State, after all... )