Genealogy: Home is a valuable source for family information

Home is a valuable source for family informationBy Barry J. Ewell

Every research project begins at home. Whether you are looking for information for the first time or searching through your personal research folders, your home is a valuable source of family information.

Take time to look for records you might already have. Use the following list as a guide to sources of information that you might find in your home or in the home of a relative.

  •  Birth: Birth certificate, adoption record, baby book
  • Citizenship: Alien registration, deportment papers, naturalization papers
  • Civil and legal activity: Bonds, contracts, guardian papers, summons or subpoena Continue reading

Genealogy: Travel checklist for your genealogy trip

Genealogy: Travel checklist for your genealogy trip By Barry J. Ewell

It would be nice to simply walk into a library and find what you want and you are done.   Experience has taught me that I am to expect the unexpected.  The list may seem exhaustive but it is designed to help review your own needs and choose those items you desire to take to make the research trip as effective as possible.

Trust me, there is nothing more frustrating then having traveled a long distance and not have what you need to complete the research. I remember once having a camera battery go dead and there was no store in town that carried the battery I needed.   Due Continue reading

Genealogy: Travel checklist—What to pack

Genealogy: Travel checklist—What to packBy Barry J. Ewell

The following is a suggested packing list that I have use in my travels.   It’s foundation is from Rick Steves, a well known travel host for PBS.  I have found Rick Steves’ council and ideas to be on target and well thought out.

The list will vary somewhat if you are going to U.S. destinations versus other countries, usually Europe.  Pack light and only what you need.  You will be grateful each and every day of your trip with lighter luggage. Continue reading

Genealogy: Travel checklist—Optional bring-alongs

Genealogy: Travel checklist—Optional bring-alongsMBy Barry J. Ewell

The following is a suggested packing list that I have use in my travels.   It’s foundation is from Rick Steves, a well known travel host for PBS.  I have found Rick Steves’ council and ideas to be on target and well thought out.

The list will vary somewhat if you are going to U.S. destinations versus other countries, usually Europe.  Pack light and only what you need.  You will be grateful each and every day of your trip with lighter luggage. Continue reading

Genealogy: Part 1—Effectively tapping into local, county, state historical societies and libraries

10-17-2014 8-38-48 AMBy Barry J. Ewell

The history of a family over many generations lies buried in different sources and places. Like a good detective, the genealogist must search for the pieces of a family’s past in those many sources such as books, documents, and manuscripts. The genealogist must also be patient and imaginative, for the search can take years and involve a string of clues that lead to new sources. The facts–names, dates, Continue reading

Litigation Between Cyndi’s List and MyGenShare Dismissed

As of June 20, 2013

Cyndi’s List and MyGenShare have successfully mediated a resolution of their pending legal actions and corrected any misunderstandings on mutually agreeable terms.

Cyndi’s List filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington captioned Cyndi’s List and Cynthia Howells v. MyGenShare.com, LLC and Barry Ewell, Case No. 3:12-cv-06074-RBL alleging copyright infringement, unfair trade practices, tortious interference, and unjust enrichment (the “Litigation”). MyGenShare denied the allegations by Cyndi’s List and any “wrongdoing” and brought a counterclaim for defamation, tortious interference, and violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act. Cyndi’s List denied the allegations of MyGenShare and any “wrongdoing.”

The parties have dismissed all claims with prejudice

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