Whenever possible, I make it a practice to collaborate with other genealogists on researching specific family lines. As a team, we will review our research, analyzing documentation, notes and logs. We identify the key questions we want to research. We develop a research task list for researching each question. We assign tasks and deadlines. And we schedule regular meetings to review, compare, and discuss projects and research. Continue reading
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
Migration Patterns for Genealogists: Think Like a Historian
One of the most important considerations in finding your ancestor is immigration research.
Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view by trying to understand what your ancestors did and why.
As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in the country of origin. As genealogists, the first thing we do is start searching through deeds, wills, bible records, and other such documents. Continue reading
Do you have an ancestor that your family has been looking for and simply can’t find the clues to where they came from? In his book British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775, William Dollarhide describes a methodology for “finding the needle in the haystack.” I have several ancestors who have been difficult to locate, and I have found the following very insightful for organizing and conducting a difficult search.