Would you like a free copy of Barry Ewell’s 2015 BYU Education Week presentations?

genealogy research, Free PDF forms, genealogy formsDuring the last several weeks I have received hundreds of requests from around the world to share 14 presentations I gave in August during the 2015 BYU Education Week on the following topics:

  • Extremely Effective Habits of Genealogists
  • 80 Family History Strategies to  Find Generations of Family
  • Forty Ways to Supercharge Family History Research

For those who desire the Free presentations, I will to do the following: Continue reading

How to Start New Traditions When Old Ones Pass Away

Onion_Days_2014-Carosel3By Barry J. Ewell

As life progresses, we all get the opportunity to experience its many rich colors of change and seasons.  As this most recent Labor Day passed, a United States holiday held on the first Monday of September celebrating the working people, our family began a new chapter in cherished tradition.

For the 35 years, our family has spent Labor Day in Payson, Utah attending the Onion Days Festival and being with my wife’s parents and family. Those years have been filled with many fond and cherished memories that have shaped the very fabric of the those attending.   Allow me to take you on a short walk in time.

My first Onion Days was in the summer of 1978, I was newly engaged to my soon to be wife, Colette, cherished companion of the last 35 years.  Mom and dad, Colette’s parents, as I would come to know them lived, on Main Street.  Continue reading

Family History: Types of oral history interviews

Family History: Types of oral history interviewsBy Barry J. Ewell

There are four basic types of oral history interviews, which are outlined below.

Life histories. These are interviews with individuals about their backgrounds from childhood to adulthood. Most follow a chronology. Life histories provide an opportunity to discuss a variety of subjects based on the interviewer’s interests and the interviewee’s remembered experiences and perspectives. They are ideal for family research, as well as for certain aspects of community and social histories. Continue reading

Journal Writing: Keeping a journal

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Think ahead to one hundred years; one of your ancestors will be seeking to better understand himself by trying to get to know you. What will you leave behind? Will there be videos to view, an oral interview to listen to, or a journal to read? Your ancestor will find your journal to be of great value. You will be one on one with him, sharing your innermost thoughts, feelings, and reflections.
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Sharing Family History: Attend family reunions

Sharing Family History: Attend family reunionsBy Barry J. Ewell

Attend family reunions
Family reunions provide opportunities for different generations and branches of a family to come together. Young people get to know relatives they might not otherwise meet and see how they are related to each other. Families create experiences and memories that can last a lifetime. It is easy to incorporate family history in a family reunion when…

  • The reunion is held near a place of significance to your family such as a homestead or cemetery. Continue reading

Genealogy: Consider interlibrary loan

Genealogy: Consider interlibrary loanBy Barry J. Ewell

Usually a portion of the library’s or society’s collection is available through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan allows you to borrow items for specific research and is transferred from library to library. Note: Libraries will usually not exchange information through the LDS family history centers. When you start speaking with the library or society, ask the following questions: Continue reading

Genealogy: United States —Comprehensive library and society resource list for all 50 states

libraries, societiesBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to United States genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say Continue reading