Get free access to over 300,000 e-book titles available at the NYPL.
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Get free access to over 300,000 e-book titles available at the NYPL.

  I’ve said it numerous times before, and I’ll say it again…   E-books are at the very top of my list of resources for genealogical and historical research – and now there are over 300,000 more titles for me to explore – and if there’s any way I can snag a library card at the New York Public Library (NYPL), read on…

Open those old corrupted document files.
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You can open those old corrupted document files!

  A while ago, I decided that I was going to work hard to do a final update to my “Blythe Genealogy” database and site, revisiting sources and media, and adding all of the previously unlinked media and sources I’d been collecting.   I’ve slowly been working my way through them and I’m dismayed to realize just how much work is read on…

Using images to save transcription time and errors.
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Using images to save transcription time and errors.

  A good habit to get into for any genealogy researcher is using images to save transcription time and errors.   Transcription takes a lot of time.   Rather than wasting the time manually transcribing documents while conducting research, or printing direct from a third party database site, I’ve taken up the practice of using images to save transcription time and read on…

Permanently label media and files with identifying information.
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Permanently label media and files with identifying information.

  A very large part of my genealogical research over the past twenty years has produced thousands of photographs and other images and naming and cataloging these files required me to permanently label media and files with identifying information.   I have developed a system over the past few years that has been invaluable to me. I did not develop read on…

find out more about your ancestors
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5 ways to find out more about your ancestors.

  You would think, since we live in a digital age, we would be more in touch with exactly who we are and where our families came from. There was a time when most UK and western families were comprised of Britons who could trace their lineage back countless generations. Such is the case with our family.   Those days are quickly read on…

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.
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RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.

Well, it’s finally happening folks!   Ancestry.com and RootsMagic are teaming up, setting the stage for RootsMagic users to soon be able to search Ancestry.com directly via hints.   This is a brand new announcement and as eager as we may be to get to use the new features it’s going to be several months before the updates are implemented in RootsMagic. read on…

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Heredis genealogy software: Not a viable replacement for Family Tree Maker.

  Recently, I awoke to an email during the holiday season from Heredis offering a big discount on their newest, 2015 version of their Heredis genealogy software.   I had tried an older version a couple of years ago and liked what I saw.   Unfortunately, however, I soon discovered the Achilles heel of this software. It interprets unusual date read on…

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Genealogy and Computers: Basic tools to succeed for disengaged and kids.

I’ve posted in the past about my own experience with and belief in genealogy and computers as basic tools to engage our kids in learning and their own education.   We often hear how education is the key to work and financial security and solvency in today’s world. You’ll notice I’ve not used the word success, and the reason for read on…