Pages may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure page for more details.

Work Smarter and Do More Genealogy

Do you feel like you never find time for genealogy?

Here's a secret, you will rarely ever "find" time for anything.

You have to MAKE time.
Work Smarter and Do More Genealogy

In this post I have seven ways you can make more time in your schedule. This post will describe one way that I think is really important. Then I have a "handout" for you with six more tips!

Get the printable of 6 Productivity Tips to Help You Work Smarter, Not Harder.

There are also bonus topics sprinkled throughout this post so you can craft your own unique solution to "making" time!

Cloud-Based Mind Mapping Tools to Help You Organize Your Genealogy

Mind mapping is a brainstorming technique where visual diagrams are used to show how thoughts or ideas are connected. The process is commonly used in project planning and presentations.

But have you tried it for genealogy?

Mind maps look a lot like family trees that got a little loose and crazy. And I know that’s exactly what it feels like when I’m thinking through a difficult genealogy conclusion, analysis, or DNA problem.
Not all family history writing is linear. A mind map can help

AncestryDNA: Still Looking for Help? Have an iPhone?

I hope DNA day got you excited! DNA is such an amazing tool for genealogy.

But it is also potentially confusing. Most people have so, so, so many pages of matches and no idea how all of them are related.

Ancestry DNA ThruLines: What Does It Do?

If you've been bombarded with news of AncestryDNA's new feature, ThruLines™, you may be wondering what it is and what it can do for you.
AncestryDNA's ThruLines is a new tool for genetic genealogy.


I woke up Friday morning to an email from a research cousin to one of my DNA clients asking and exclaiming all sorts of things about ThruLines™. Basically, she thought the magic of technology was finally happening for her DNA results.

So is ThruLines™ like the magic results so many people assume DNA will give? Is it the opposite, a lot of hype that will mislead you? I think it's somewhere in-between, a great time saver when used correctly.

What to Do While You Wait for DNA Matches to Respond

Are you trying to make progress using your DNA results but aren't sure what to do? This post is for you.

You can try these tips and suggestions to get more from your DNA results. I started this list as part of my post about contacting AncestryDNA matches. These were suggestions of what to do while you wait for a response. You can try these anytime, though.

Sometimes you aren't waiting on a response from a DNA match, sometimes you're waiting for the right DNA match or maybe you just don't have time (or the know-how) to do something more involved. These are simple but productive suggestions.
Quick DNA Tasks for Genealogists

Quick and Easy DNA Tasks for Genealogists


Resource Library Links

I'm updating the Resource Library. If a link you click to sign-up does not work, try this link instead.