Category Archives: Keys to Genealogy

Podcast, Episode 5: Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch

“Cage Match! Ancestry vs FamilySearch” is about the pros and cons of using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org, the two main family tree sites used by the majority of researchers I know. Each has assets and drawbacks, but they’re best used together. And get a load of my fan hot spots! All kinds of folks are tuning […]

Exciting Announcement: Podcast!

We are working on a new podcast! It will feature nitty-gritty information about best use of different types of resources in online research, best practices, and best evidence (aka genie hygiene). It will help you to go from paper to people, to gain an understanding of your ancestors’ lives and make them less abstract than […]

Pleasant Yet Firm Are IMPORTANT in Genealogy

Why are pleasantries a genealogical tool? Because that saying “start as you mean to go on” is serious business. Being polite, grateful and pleasant at the beginning of a transaction almost always yields a good result. Recently, I went into a cemetery’s office with four markers to photograph. One of the memorials that I sought (let’s call it “A”) […]

Update: A Find-a-Grave Success Story

Enter Records with Find-a-Grave Find-a-Grave has become one of my favorite free genealogical sites. It consists of typed information, transcriptions from grave stones and other cemetery memorials, along with photographs of gravestones and, if you’re lucky, the decedent’s portrait or informal photograph. It is a place where people share information, acquire information for strangers who request […]