10 Top Genealogy Tips: A Year in Review

One of the neat things about genealogy is variety of things you can learn. These top ten posts cover some topics you might expect (spoiler alert: DNA), but also some surprises. Let's take a look at the top ten posts from this year (based on readership). 

10 Top Genealogy Tips


1. Why Ancestry and FamilySearch Aren't Sources 

Ancestry and FamilySearch are two of the most popular websites in genealogy. But did you know that they aren't actually sources? Here's why — and what it means for your research.

2. The Truth About Ancestry's Hints

Those shaky leaves can point us to some good records, but there's something about them that you absolutely need to know

3. Organize Your Genealogy: Tips from a Professional Organizer

Professional organizer and genealogist Janine Adams shared some great advice on how to get all that paper under control

4. How to Use Ancestry's Hints Without Going Crazy

Make those hints work for you, instead of you endlessly chasing them. 

​5. The Real Reason You Shouldn't Re-shelve Genealogy Books

I know you're trying to be helpful, but did you know that even when you get the book back in the right place, you could be doing more harm than good? Here's why.

6. How a Professional Genealogist Approaches Brick Wall Problems

Professional genealogist Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy shared her strategy for getting through that brick wall, including what she requires her clients to do when they have such a problem

7. Using DNA in Your Genealogy: Tips from Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, gave a great overview on getting started with DNA and how to not get overwhelmed with all of those matches! 

8. The End of FamilySearch Microfilm Loans: What It Means for You

Many of us knew that the end of microfilm from FamilySearch was coming, but we didn't quite expect it this quickly! Here's what it means for our research, especially during this transition before everything in the vault has been digitized.

9. Let's Stop Hand Wringing About DNA and Genealogy

"They're just in it for their ethnicity pie chart!" While that's true for many people who take a DNA test, that isn't necessarily a bad thing for genealogy as a whole.

10. The Best Newspaper Site for Your Genealogy 

How can you know which subscription newspaper site is the best? Here's how you can tell (and save yourself some money in the process). 

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