Fifty-eight Downloadable PDF Forms to Help You Record Genealogy Research Findings

By Barry J. Ewell

This article includes the free PDF Forms that I discuss in my book, “Family Treasures: 15 Lessons, Tips and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History.” Find PDF forms you can use to assist you in your genealogy research. PDF Download Instructions

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How to Start New Traditions When Old Ones Pass Away

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By 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

If Sherlock Holmes Were a Genealogist (Part 1)

By Barry J. Ewell

I have always been a fan of detective stories. My father was a detective for the Las Vegas police department during the 1960s. In his later years, I enjoyed listening to his stories of how he was able to crack the case after careful research and analysis.

As I read and listened to the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Conan Doyle, I noticed that Sherlock used the same strategies as my father.

I thought it would be fun to create a personal research project where I would use Sherlock Holmes as model. What would Sherlock Holmes do if he were a genealogist? My intent was to see if I could uncover and understand the principles and then apply them to my own genealogy research practices. The results of my project dramatically changed my approach to genealogy research. I’d like to share with you what I found. Continue reading