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27 February 2017

Cemetery Photography Kit: List and Links

This post contains affiliate links.

Note: I have not used every product linked. These give you an idea what I'm recommending in general, in case you've never heard of the item. I do look for products on Amazon that are Prime eligible and have good ratings. I've said in the description if I've used the actual product linked. Otherwise, it is an example (but I believe a good one). Some of the links are similar items where you need to choose what will work for you (for example, the lids, you only need one, I've linked to three different styles).

Supplies for an Awesome Cemetery Photography Kit

Get your cemetery photography kit together for genealogy spring break!


16 February 2017

Recipe for Elephant ala Genealogy


a bite-sized approach to research planning
Today I'm going to give you a recipe for Elephant ala Genealogy. If you don't get it, it's that old joke about "how do you eat an elephant?" The answer is "one bite at a time." It's the same way you plan genealogy research.

This is a bit-sized approach to doing genealogy planning, followed by research, and then the extremely important "reporting" step. This is not a recipe a professional genealogist would use for a client (it's for Occasional Genealogists) so I've adjusted the reporting step to make it easier to get started.

I've laid out this recipe for 15-minute sessions because it's likely you can squeeze that amount of time in somewhere. Research planning of this type is easier if you do it frequently.

You can also do this once a week for a longer time, just try and avoid redoing work each week because you don't remember where you left off. Figure out what you need to do so you know what to do next. That is a super valuable skill to learn so make it part of your process.

08 February 2017

Always Be Prepared, even if you're an Occasional Genealogist!

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Today is the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. By chance I have a post ready that's all about being prepared. No really, it's by chance.

This post suggests a system I've been thinking about. I haven't implemented it, yet. It'll take some planning on my part to get it to become reality. I do intend to share it.
Be ready to research next time you have free time!


I've been wanting to share this idea but was originally planning to implement it, first. Since I haven't done that, I'd love for you to leave a comment with ideas or questions (or you can email me). I think this idea could be a game-changer for many Occasional Genealogists (I hope it is for me).
07 February 2017

Evaluating Evidence: Books

Last April I wrote a post about ebooks. I periodically review my posts and I discovered this post in particular wasn't getting the attention it deserved. Why? It was mostly about evaluating books as evidence, with some ebook links at the end.

So, I've pulled the evaluation part out and I'm putting it here, under a title that makes it clear what it is. I just wanted you to know in case you're one of the three people that read the old post and thought this sounded really familiar.
Evaluating evidence is an important genealogical skill. It requires practice to perfect. Get started with books, a simple source to use and to evaluate.

I've had several comments or emails lately about topics similar to this. It takes a few weeks to create a new post so I wanted to take this opportunity to try and address those responses quickly, since this post was already written.

If you have questions, leave a comment (I'd prefer a comment if it will benefit others but you can email me, too).

I know evaluating evidence isn't an easy subject. It's OK to ask questions and ask for help. That's what I'm here for.
06 February 2017

The #1 Tip to Help Anyone Use Evernote and Be More Productive

This post is a bit different because it's not genealogy specific (so if you got here and aren't interested in genealogy, no problem). Anything that can save you time is related to being an Occasional Genealogist which is why I'm including it.
This tip will get you up and running with Evernote plus make you more productive.


I've heard this tip many times and didn't use it until I saw how it would help me and fit in my organizing system.
05 February 2017

A Super Bowl of Links: Atlanta (and Georgia)

This is part two of my 2017 Super Bowl links. The New England links are here.

I'm going to try to keep my cool and not give you every Georgia link I have saved. We would be here for ever and many are too specific to be of interest to the majority of Georgia researchers.

A Super Bowl of Links: New England

Well, I got lucky this year. Last year about this time I thought, "hey, I should post some genealogy links for the locations of the Super Bowl teams." I couldn't pull it off last year because I didn't have enough links for Colorado.

If you've read this blog very much, you know all my ancestors are from Georgia. I have some links for you, go to this post. I can even provide Atlanta links. And New England isn't hard. Lucky me (or is it lucky you?).

I'll be up front, I'm going to keep it somewhat short on the New England links. If you don't know, New England is known for their long history of recording vital records. There are civil and religious records for centuries. It's almost unsporting (since we're talking sports).

I'm going to hit some of the big collections and I'll provide a handful of Massachusetts and Boston-specific links. If you're a New England expert, I doubt you'll find anything you don't know about. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite New England-related research link.