Research Renewal: A New Series

In this time of change, it’s good to pause and get grounded and refocused. That’s even true in our genealogy. I’ve started a new series on the Generations Cafe podcast called “Research Renewal,” where I am revisiting some of my previous episodes. These are episodes that will help you get back to basics and encourage…

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3 Biggest Mistakes in Genealogy Research

Let’s be honest. We all make mistakes in our genealogy, whether it’s misreading a document or drawing an incorrect conclusion. But the mistakes in how we actually do our research can lead to bigger brick walls, fewer discoveries, and more frustration. Here are the 3 biggest mistakes in genealogy research.

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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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