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29 May 2017

How to Do Genealogy on the Cheap, the Right Way

Still Not Convinced You Need to Spend the Money to Order Records? Read this post | The Occasional Genealogist

Still Not Convinced You Need to Spend the Money to Order Records?

There is a great post on the Preserve the Pensions blog [Preserve the Pensions is a fundraiser to digitize the War of 1812 pensions, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies]. This post highlights some great finds in War of 1812 pensions involving neighbors of the applicant/soldier. This is just one of the many benefits you'll often find when you use/order original records.

Don't Stop at the Index

The War of 1812 pensions are being digitized but you do know most genealogy records are not online, don't you? And even if they are online, they may not be images or they may not be searchable images. You can read my earlier post about unindexed images, here. You're going to have to order some records if you want to further your research.

Some genealogists find an index or database entry and stop there because it's not always easy or cheap to order the original record. It is definitely worth it, though. You can read the above-mentioned post on PreserveThePensions.org. It includes a link for a little more info on cluster research. You can also read a post about Bounty Land Warrant Applications, which is related.

29 April 2017

Subscription Savings | Digitizing | + Evernote

So I have three related items for today's post. This is essentially a combo follow-up to both last week's post on saving on your genealogy subscriptions and the lecture I gave Wednesday, "Evernote for Everything Else."

More on Saving on Subscriptions | Digitization first steps | Evernote

Alternative Subscriptions

First, I mentioned in last week's post that one way to save while doing more genealogy is drop a more expensive subscription in favor of a cheaper one (even if that is just a temporary option).
25 April 2017

The FREE DNA Tool You Need to Know

Happy DNA Day!

Are you interested in genetic genealogy? That’s genealogy using DNA testing. There is a great free tool you need to make sure you’re using.
The Free DNA Tool You Need to Know | The Occasional Genealogist


Before I launch into this post, let me lay the foundation for it. These are the basics many of you may understand, but if you don't, this post won't make sense (or won't be actionable).

I am assuming you have taken a DNA test. Alternatively, you might be considering taking one. What's important is, this is a tool you use on your results. This isn't a company to purchase a test from.

This tool is for autosomal DNA (atDNA). This is the type of DNA test sold by AncestryDNA, MyHeritage DNA, and 23 and Me. FamilyTreeDNA calls this their "Family Finder" test. There are some additional companies that also offer this type of test. Today, this is the most common type of DNA test taken for genealogy so there's a good chance it's what you have taken.

I have two primary goals for writing this post.
  • Make you aware of this free tool and why you should use it.
  • For current users of this tool, give you more ways to encourage your matches to use this tool.
24 April 2017

NGS Conference App +prep and planning

This just in...

The 2017 NGS Conference app is now available.
You can see details at, http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2017/04/mobile-conference-app-now-available-for.html.

I'm posting not just to make sure you know this (if you're attending the conference) but for an additional reason.
21 April 2017

How to Save Money on Your Genealogy Subscriptions

There is really only one way to save big bucks on your genealogy subscription(s).

To get BIG savings you have to apply this method. It is a guaranteed method and probably the best way to also do high-quality research. The great thing is, even if you mess up, it can still save you money, there aren't any complicated coupons or special websites to visit.

How to save money on your genealogy subscriptions from The Occasional Genealogist.