Category Archives for Genealogy

Using Military Records to Build Your Family Tree

Are you trying to build a family tree and searching for information on long lost relatives? Military records may be exactly what you need to fill in the gaps. Whether it’s a good thing or not, almost ever generation in every major country has gone to war.

As a genealogist, the records kept during these times can be valuable information. Here are a few steps to take in using military records to build your family tree.

Determine If Your Family Members Ever Served In The Military

In addition to speaking with family members and asking who served in the military and when, you can also investigate census records, newspaper clippings, death records, obituaries, and old family photographs.

Some communities even have museums dedicated to founders and typically include a collection of photographs. You can visit these museums in the cities where your family members lived and research ancestry and potential military service there.

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Using City Directories to Locate Accurate Genealogy Information

Throughout the United States and Canada, many major cities, and even some smaller ones, have been tracking the information of their residents for centuries. In fact, in some of the older major cities you can find records that date back to the 1700’s.

This is a great source of information if you’re trying to build a family tree. However, these directories can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re looking at a major metropolitan area. Here are a few key strategies to break it down into manageable steps, and to be able to use city directories to locate accurate genealogy information. Continue reading

What to Do if You Discover Conflicting Genealogy Information

So you’re happily plugging along and digging deep into your family tree when all of a sudden you come to an abrupt halt. Your information is conflicting. Perhaps you have one document, which says your great-great grandmother Sue has three children, and another document says she has six. What to do?

Here are some tips and strategies to help you sort through conflicting genealogy information.

Take notes

Much of the information you find on your family history has merely been copied from earlier documents. That means sometimes the wrong information gets passed down and documented over and over again. Continue reading

Using Family Tree Software to Aid in Your Genealogy Project

screen print of the Parr Genealogy software in use Genealogy is the science of researching your family history. While at first it may seem like a simple process, once you get a hundred or so years back, it can actually become quite complicated. People move, marry, remarry, change their name, and keeping this information organized can become a project in and of itself.

Because we live in the age of technology, there are software programs designed specifically for genealogy projects. Let’s take a look at what this software can do for you, and where to find it.Continue reading

Genealogy And Family Tree Record Keeping For Future Generations

genealogy While there is certainly a satisfaction to uncovering family histories… and creating a family tree, one of the most profound benefits of creating a family tree is the ability to pass the information on to future generations. What a valuable asset! And believe me, your family’s future generations will be grateful for your hard work and determination.

So what’s the best way to keep those records?

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How Do I Organize The Genealogy Information That I’ve Already Found?

Just days into a genealogy project and you can have more records and information than you know what to do with. Not to worry, there are a number of tools and systems you can use to get organized.

1. Create Files Or Folders By Surname

This is perhaps one of the most basic ways to stay organized. Simply create a file system and label each folder with the appropriate surnames. Example: Joseph Parr & Jane Kennedy.

I prefer to use the same colour hanging file folders for my paternal surname, installing a tab with BOTH parent’s FULL names (as shown in the example above), and use plain manila-coloured file folders inside that again, one for EACH daughter and her family. My searching for the daughter’s family ends here.

It’s basic, but it works. Each file will not only contain your notes on what you’ve found and where… you can also photocopy pages, pictures and records to keep in the file. And if you have records that apply to more than one person, a simple solution is to make multiple photocopies, a copy stored in EACH person’s file. Just note on the back of EACH copy where other copies are located, in order to stay organized and eliminate confusion later on.Continue reading