5 places to research when you are stumped

You’ve hit a roadblock in your research. Not a huge one but a roadblock nonetheless.  So what is to be done? You could swear off doing genealogy ever again. You could take a breather from researching that person and turn your focus to someone else.  Or you could go back to the basics. I  knowContinue reading “5 places to research when you are stumped”

The Ultimate Guide on Finding and Contacting New Relatives + Email Scripts

Let me introduce you to one of my brick walls. His name is Chester Benjamin and he’s my great grandfather. I’ve been looking for a photo, a relative who knew him, anything for the last fifteen years. Researching his life became my mission. My great grandmother and her children are gone and my father onlyContinue reading “The Ultimate Guide on Finding and Contacting New Relatives + Email Scripts”

Stop Procrastinating! Write your family stories now

I write excruciatingly slow. Why? Because I am a professional procrastinator.  I have a horrible habit of writing a few sentences, only to get up to refill my coffee cup, then sit back down to write again, only to get back up within a few minutes. Why do I do this every time I write? Continue reading “Stop Procrastinating! Write your family stories now”

5 Reasons to write your family’s story

Genealogists are thrill seekers. Who else would enjoy piecing together a brittle yellow page from a dusty old scrapbook just so you can determine once and for all if the entry is really about your ancestor? Or the research high you got when you went line-by-line trying to decipher cursive handwriting from an ancestor’s willContinue reading “5 Reasons to write your family’s story”