Get organized and improve your family tree research with these helpful guides.
Genealogy Resolution: Explore the Largest Record Databases
Every single online collection of genealogy records is vitally important – whether the database contains one record or a billion. But have you ever wondered what the largest collections on the web are, and who offers them? Let’s have some fun and take a look.
Genealogy Resolution: Download These Printables
Looking for free printables to aid in your genealogy research? The right printable chart, form, template or worksheet can do wonders for any family historian hoping to get organized or break down a frustrating brick wall.
Genealogy Resolution: Check Out Google's PhotoScan App
Although many family historians use their phones to record old photos already (by photographing them or using one of the available app scanners on the market) Google’s PhotoScan is likely to offer increased accuracy and ease of use, as well as many advanced options.
Genealogy Resolutions: Avoid Ancestor Mix-Ups
Have you ever run into that age-old genealogy problem: How to distinguish between two unrelated people who have the same name, similar ages and live near each other? Or two people from the same family with the same name?
Genealogy Resolutions: Use Pinterest for Your Genealogy
The hybrid nature of Pinterest is what really makes it a one-of-a-kind experience. Part search engine, part organization tool, and part social media site – there are many useful features to be taken advantage of. As a family historian, you can harness this awesomeness for your own purposes.
Genealogy Resolutions: Search Collections Individually
One of the most commonly overlooked tactics for successfully locating ancestors in online databases is to search collections individually. Whether you’re searching through records on FamilySearch or another large site, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the additional details you can uncover by searching this way.
Genealogy Resolutions: Discover UK Resources
Researching ancestors from England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland? Here’s a list of free genealogy sites for the UK and Ireland where you can find everything from census returns and military service records to birth, marriage and death indexes.
Genealogy Resolutions: Uncover these Secrets
The 1940 census of the United States is a particularly exciting one for genealogy research for a number of reasons. But there is a critical element of this massive family history resource that often gets overlooked. Built into the 16th census of the USA was a brand new initiative — the collection of a statistical sample of information for the purpose of extrapolating demographic data for the entire US.
Genealogy Resolutions: Learn This Search Tactic
Have you ever been on a genealogy website, trying to find a specific detail about your ancestor, when you discovered that the search functionality was too limited to turn up the information you need? How can you uncover what you’re looking for on these sites to avoid missed records? Here’s a simple solution you don’t want to miss.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore Hospital & Asylum Records
In the past, hospital records were very difficult to access but thanks to recent changes in the law you may now be able to track down these elusive records. Let’s talk about why medical records are now more accessible and how to use them as a family historian.
Genealogy Resolutions: Trace Your Mayflower Roots
Although there were only about 130 passengers on the Mayflower, and the number of individuals who left descendants is significantly less, it is estimated that more than 35 million individuals living today are direct descendants of those individuals.
Genealogy Resolutions: Convert Your Negatives & Slides
Wouldn’t it be nice to see what’s really on all those old family photo negatives or slides you’ve been carefully collecting and storing? If so, you might be ready to try out a negative scanner app (also known as a film scanner app).
Genealogy Resolutions: Download Your Research
Can you download your family tree from Ancestry.com? The answer is yes. We see this question quite a bit so we thought we’d quickly show you how you can easily download a GEDCOM from Ancestry that you can use as a backup, or to import in to virtually any family tree program or family history tree website.
Genealogy Resolutions: Scan Your Old Photos
Photomyne is a free app for iPhone or Android systems that can also be accessed on your computer. In the amount of time it normally took me to scan in about 10 photos, crop them, and put them in a labeled folder on my computer I could do all that with an ENTIRE ALBUM! Maybe even two albums.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore Your Native Roots
Are you interested in finally searching out the truth behind that old family story about a Native American ancestor? Luckily, there are many online guides, records collections and specialized resources that can help you on your journey. Here’s where to get started.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find it Free on Ancestry
When most of us think of Ancestry.com, we think of paid resources. And, of course, the vast majority of Ancestry’s billions of records are behind a paywall. However, you might be surprised to hear that the site does offer a relatively large assortment of completely free collections–and they are 100% searchable.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find Your Family in Photos
As interest in family history research grows, more and more old family photos are appearing online. They might be located on a tiny family website run by a distant cousin or a large public repository with thousands of holdings, but with some searching you might just find a few that fit your family tree.
Genealogy Resolutions: Decide Who Gets In
In a genealogical sense people often are unsure who should be added to their family tree. Adoptions, step-parent relationships, unmarried partners, multiple marriages, the discovery that a parent or sibling is not related biologically – all of these scenarios may cause some serious head scratching.
Genealogy Resolutions: Find the Missing Parents
Parents can be surprisingly elusive — mysteriously missing from key documents. In addition, verifying that we have actually found the correct parents for an ancestor can be an even bigger challenge, especially if our ancestor had a common name.
Genealogy Resolutions: Don't Make This Common Blunder
More than any other area, this one is the most vulnerable to the kind of mistakes that can completely crush the accuracy of an entire branch of our tree. Any person who has been doing family history research for any length of time has seen this in action, an incorrect parent or parents on a family tree, sometimes copied again and again by others.
Genealogy Resolutions: Explore for Free
Can you really research your ancestry for free? Yes you can! Most seasoned genealogists know that there are an ever growing number of free family history resources online–but it is easy for beginners to get overwhelmed trying to find quality resources and end up turning to just one or two large paid sites, like Ancestry, for their information.
Genealogy Resolutions: Online National Archive Info
While there is probably a U.S. National Archives center near you, today, you don’t have to travel at all to access many of their records. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) offers a rich trove of online documents, known as Access to Archival Databases (AAD), and it’s completely free.
Genealogy Resolutions: Have Fun With Your Tree
Are you looking for a beautiful family tree template for a craft or school project, to display in your home or share with family? A blank, printable family tree can be used for all of these purposes and more. The trick is finding one that’s styled just right for your needs – which is why we have created four unique (and free) family tree options that you can easily print out.