Lessons From Breaking Down a Brick Wall

All genealogists have brick walls—those long-standing questions that we can’t seem to find answers to. I recently broke through one that has been nagging me for more than 20 years. Here are some things you can learn from my experience in breaking down a genealogy brick wall.

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Taking Better Notes in Your Genealogy Research

Much has been said about organizing our genealogy research, but there’s an aspect that is often overlooked: note-taking.  How do we work with the records and information as we’re using them, analyzing them, putting things together? Let’s explore how to we can take better notes in our genealogy research.

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How to Analyze Your Genealogy Research

When you have a question in your genealogy, it’s natural to want to go find more records. But going to your favorite website or the nearest library right away isn’t the best approach. Indeed, the answer might be in records you’ve already found. Here’s how to analyze your genealogy research (and why you need to).

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How to Stay Focused in Your Genealogy Research

Genealogy research is filled with distractions. There are so many cool things to explore about our family history that it’s easy to fall into a research rabbit hole. Fortunately, there’s a simple thing you can do to get focused and make more discoveries.

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7 Family History Activities for When You Can’t Focus

Genealogy is something that countless people find enjoyable and rewarding. In this time of crisis, it’s natural to turn to it… but many of us have found ourselves unable to concentrate. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we can’t do something. Here are 7 family history activities that we can do, even when we can’t focus.

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