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Learn tips to get the most out of RootsTech 2023 whether attending in person or virutally! Genealogy lectures, the expo hall and so much more! Way back when I attended my very first genealogy conference, I was a newbie. I was brand new to genealogy research, but eager to learn all I could to find my ancestors and grow my family tree. I signed up to attend a National Genealogical Society conference that was 4 days of lectures, an expo hall and a chance to talk to people whose eyes did not glaze over at the mention of the ancestors. Yes, these were my people. I did not want to waste…
Searching for your ancestor's marriage records can be tough. Where should you look? Learn to confidently search for a couple's marriage record and grow your family tree.
Were your ancestors poor? To research and find destitute ancestors, seek out records created for the care of the community’s poor. One of the common frustrations I hear from you, my readers, is the lack of records for your destitute or poor ancestors. Yes, our poor ancestors certainly present with some unique research challenges. Why is that? Your poor or destitute ancestors typically did not own land and will not be found in the land records. Ancestors who had no estate that needed to be disposed of, did not typically leave wills or have estates that were probated. Your poorer ancestors may have moved frequently in search of jobs making…
Struggling to research your common surname ancestors? Try these 4 strategies to help you find those ancestors with all too common last names! Tracing an ancestor with a common surname can be just plain frustrating. Am I right? I never intended to research my White family ancestors. That common surname “White” just seemed too daunting. John White in colonial North Carolina and Virginia? No, thank you. Quite frankly, I was intimidated by the prospect of such a genealogy project. I knew there would be no quick or easy answers. But then…. A phone call from a fellow White family researcher changed all of that. Fast forward a number of…