Genealogy Immigration/Migration: 30+ Records and resources genealogists use to find immigrant ancestors

Immigrant AncestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

Genealogy is a process, a methodology, for finding our ancestors. There are many tools available, but knowing what to use and when to use the tool makes the biggest difference. The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Research process

  1. Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestors
  2. 48 detailed profiles of immigrating peoples to North America
  3. Starting points for further research
  4. Plot the migration patterns of the ethnic groups and ancestors
  5. How to find your ancestors with you hit a “brick wall” and you’re out of clues
  6. Start your search in America
  7. When ready, start your search in the country of origin
  8. Revealing clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors
  9. How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden name

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What Every Genealogist Needs to Know about Digital Content (100+ resources)

Digitizing contentBy Barry J. Ewell

As a genealogist and/or family historian you are ever increasingly faced with the need to better understand how to create, evaluate, manage, organize, and preserve content that include audio, photography, video, film and more. I’ve learned that even the simplest decision like which format to scan an image can have far reaching irreparable consequences if not done correctly. Continue reading

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

300+ Genealogy and Family History Quotes

300+ Genealogy and Family History QuotesGenealogy Quotes is sampling of a few of my favorite genealogy and family history quotes combined with digital images.  Take time to scroll and enjoy.  You will find yourself smiling, laughing, and pondering many of the thoughts as you relate them to your own family research and experiences.

Click on the listing and your will be taken to the quote.

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