Genealogy: Ancestor photographs are important links to the past

Genealogy: Ancestor photographs are important links to the pastBy Barry J. Ewell

One day, I was looking through a series of photographs of my ancestors taken in the early 1900s. For the first time, I noticed the writing on the window behind the row of carriages. I took out my magnifying glass and looked closer to find the name of the company (Spanish Fork Co-op), date it was established, and related information. I took time to learn more about the co-op and found that my great-great-grandfather was president. That piece of information was just the beginning of the stories and documents that helped me build my knowledge of that generation and their place in my history. Continue reading

Genealogy: Use your camera to document your research

Use your camera to document your researchBy Barry J. Ewell

Use your camera in your library, archive, or museum research.

Consider using your digital camera as a tool for documenting and capturing information you find in your research. If you have never used your camera in your library research, practice in your local library under all types of conditions, including very low light. Again, the time to learn isn’t at a cemetery 2,000 miles from home.

Digital photography is all about lighting and location
The first problem you will always face when it comes to photography is lighting. I use flash less than 10 percent of the time. Instead of flash use natural lighting (near a window), light stands with diffusion screen and lights, or a self-contained photo Continue reading

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 1: Getting Started

Color-codedGenealogyFilingSystem-ColorCodingBy Barry J. Ewell

Starting out organized is easier than getting organized later on. It didn’t take long before my own research became weighed down with pedigree charts, family group records, to-do lists, research logs, documents, notes, and research tools. I was robbing myself of the precious research time because I spent hours looking for what I knew I had and duplicating research I had already done. When I became organized, I was able to Continue reading

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 2: Setting Up the System (Steps 1-4)

10-17-2014 8-09-32 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

There are thirteen steps for setting up the color-coded filing system. The system is time-tested and proven to be the organization resource that will grow with you as you expand your research.

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System

This system sets up file folders for the families on your pedigree lines and also shows you how to file information about cousins and other relatives. Pedigree charts and corresponding family group folders are divided into four colors, based on the lines of your four grandparents. Dividing your pedigree by color helps make it clear Continue reading

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 3: Setting Up the System (Steps 5-9)

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System, Part 3: Setting Up the System (Steps 5-9)By Barry J. Ewell

There are thirteen steps for setting up the color-coded filing system. The system is time-tested and proven to be the organization resource that will grow with you as you expand your research.

Color-coded Genealogy Research Filing System

This system sets up file folders for the families on your pedigree lines and also shows you how to file information about cousins and other relatives. Pedigree charts and corresponding family group folders are divided into four colors, based on the lines of your four grandparents. Dividing your pedigree by color helps make it clear Continue reading