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19 October 2017

The most under-utilized offline source you should try today

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Where was he born?

Why isn't he in the 1860 census?

Is this record for the same man or a different man of the same name?

These are the questions every genealogist is constantly trying to answer. Would you spend an hour identifying a record that could answer these questions? Of course you would.
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Read-on and make sure to get the free checklist to help make getting this record even easier (for every ancestor it applies to).
08 August 2017

How to Do Genetic Genealogy on the Cheap

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I know I just wrote about DNA (I'm trying to save you some money while kits are on sale!) but I just found an even cheaper way to get into genetic genealogy and it doesn't involve products that fell off the back of a van or selling vital organs. It's totally legit.
Get started exploring your family history with DNA. | The Occasional Genealogist
02 August 2017

Interested in DNA for genealogy?

I love using DNA for genealogy. That means I talk to a lot of people about DNA, whether they are "genealogists" or not. One thing I constantly tell people is DNA tests go on sale regularly. And right now (August 2017) is one of those sales. And this is a pretty big sale because all three types of tests are on sale at FamilyTreeDNA. (and yes, you are going to find affiliate links in this post!)

[UPDATE: This post covers more than just the August 2017 sale. Tests do go on sale regularly so I'm leaving the bulk of the post here, as is for your reference.]

I personally recommend FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) as my top recommendation because they do offer all three types of DNA tests. This includes the current most popular type, autosomal DNA, called the "FamilyFinder" at FTDNA (this is the only type of test sold by AncestryDNA, My Heritage DNA, and is the genealogical component of the tests from 23 and Me).

FTDNA also offers YDNA and mtDNA tests. It gets expensive to do all three or even two BUT...

29 May 2017

How to Do Genealogy on the Cheap, the Right Way

Ten years.

Over ten years.

I was stuck at a 4th great grandfather for that long. Most of that time I was pretty sure who his father was. But why wasn't there any proof?

I was so afraid it was because he was NOT the father. Surely there should have been enough clues to put together (if no direct evidence). I kept chipping away at the problem. I'd squeeze in some research here and there.

It was hard. I was a student most of that time, broke and often even short on time.

Does this sound like a problem you're having? Are you stuck on one or more ancestors, chipping away, but short on money and time?

This post won't help you find more time but let's talk money.

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).