Free Resource Friday: Library of Congress

For this Free Resource Friday post, I’m recommending the Library of Congress.  Prior to taking my Genealogical Research class, I had a shortlist of favorite resources to tap into and that short list has now turned into about 20 pages worth of incredible resources that I look forward to sharing over time. Through this class, I became aware of the Library of Congress site as a key resource. I’m sure for any established genealogist, this site is a no-brainer in terms of the top sites to access, but for everyone else – I wanted to share in case it hasn’t fallen

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Tuesday Tip: Genealogy Volunteering

Since I’ve been tied up with the class I’m currently taking, I’ve admittedly been slacking in the blog department. I wanted to make sure to share a tip for this week. What better way to get acquainted with genealogical terms and processes than to participate in genealogy volunteering? I have been volunteering my time for genealogy causes for about a year now and it has helped me in many ways. Here are a few ways to get involved: Records Transcription: With organizations scanning thousands of original documents every day, there is a great need for transcription services. Transcribing consists of

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Free Resource Friday: GEDMatch for DNA Matches

Have you or anyone you know already taken a DNA test through any of the major DNA testing sites such as Ancestry [affiliate], 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA or more? If you have already taken the test and are still looking for more DNA matches, GEDMatch is one of the best free tools out there to help you find family members who have chosen to conduct their DNA test through a service other than the one you chose.  If you haven’t taken a test, consider reading this article to help you find out which DNA test is for you.   Typically, if you’ve tested with Ancestry,

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Free Resource Friday: Archive.org

In my last article, I mentioned FamilySearch.org as a fantastic free source of information, so thought I’d include another great resource to use to dig up some information.  As you first begin genealogy, the many free resources available online are a great place to start before you invest. One of the best resources I’ve found has been Archive.org.   This site describes itself as a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. From a genealogy perspective, it pulls from a plethora of available historical online resources that have been digitized, indexed and are searchable.  While this is something you

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3 Tips To Help You Get Started On Your Family Tree

Building a family tree with stories and historical data will ultimately take a great deal of time. It is challenging, frustrating and exciting all at the same time. But in the end, that amazing feeling that you and your future generations will feel from really “knowing” your ancestors and what happened in the past to allow you to be here now, is indeed a gift that is “priceless”.  While you  may not have time to do in-depth research at the moment, you can get started and continue to do it over time. I’ve spoken with many people who are interested in

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