Organizing Your Genealogy Contacts

Organizing Your Genealogy Contacts

I was chatting with a friend and fellow genealogist when I typed, “I really should make a spreadsheet of all my contacts with people for the different families.” Her response, “That’s a great idea!!” Then she encouraged me to write an article about that, so here it is, and the spreadsheet has begun. I doubt this is a novel topic, but this is my idea.

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Find A Grave as a Source – Memorials and Photos

NOTE: This article was updated 12 November 2017 to reflect formatting changes based on continuing discussions on the Evidence Explained Citation Issues Forum.1

Isn’t Find A Grave a fabulous resource that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago? Do you think it would be safe to say that at this point, nearly all genealogists have used Find A Grave? It is a treasure trove of final disposition and sometimes biographical information for our ancestors and relatives. Thousands of contributors post photos of grave markers, attaching them to the online memorials for the corresponding individuals. Continue reading

Becoming Certified?

When I was just out of high school, I became involved in genealogical research. I started with my maternal family’s JOHNSON history. There was good information to go on, including a family tale of the 1840 move from Iredell County, North Carolina, to Hancock County, Indiana, as told by Sarah (JOHNSON) KUHN to her grandchildren. At the time of the move, she was 7 years old.

dreamcloud2Everything genealogy kept me entertained back then. I was young. I was motivated. I had caught the bug. It seemed like nothing could stop me. I bought 3-ring binders whenever they were on sale because I knew I would need them. I had package upon package of lined notebook paper and notebook dividers. Continue reading