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Today I have two printables for you to use at your Thanksgiving gathering. They are simple questionnaires for all the attendees. These are simple genealogical questions but they are intentionally flexible so you can adjust them to fit your gathering. There are so many kinds of families out there and even more kinds of holiday gatherings. I've created these forms to be useable in a variety of situations. If your family takes family history seriously, perfect. If they don't, still perfect! ...
Someone found out I was a genealogist the other night. Almost immediately I heard, "do you use DNA?" followed almost as quickly by "that gives you all the answers, right?" I hope you found this post because you asked the same questions and don't have an answer, yet. Yes, I do use DNA. I spend hours and hours using DNA. It mostly gives me more questions and no answers. But it's still really cool (otherwise, I wouldn't spend hours on it). I'm going to give you the same kind of answer I gave the other night. It wasn't technical or long. I was standing at a barre at the time (yes, that's spelled correctly). There wasn't time for in-depth explanation and that's probably not what you want, either. Will a DNA Test Give Me Answers? If you take a DNA test for genealogy, you will need a family tree. You will also need other people that took a DNA test and their family trees. If they don't have family trees, you will have to ...
I was surprised by the popularity of my recent post, "Burned Counties" aren't always "burned." I suspect some people clicked through looking for solutions to working in burned counties (but I was writing a post for beginners that might not even know what a burned county is!). So, this is the post to suggest a few easy solutions. A burned county is not the end of the genealogical world. In the majority of cases, it's not as bad as you might think. There are some locations that really are truly terrible (burned completely and multiple times) but even then a skilled genealogist can keep working. A burned county is a pain. I won't deny it. But you can handle this, you just may have to handle it in a way you've never tried. ...
This post contains affiliate links (I know you're shocked, a gift guide with affiliate links).  This is one of a series of gift guides for specific recipient types or gifters.  Some suggestions are reproduced rather than making you follow a series of links. Do you have that person you have to buy a gift for but whatever you get them, they won't like it. Yeah, I have that relative. If you're a genealogist, you have some interesting options. One of these gifts might actually not be a disappointment (I won't go so far as to say they'll like it). Some of these gifts might fulfill the requirement to give them a gift but really be for you ('cause I don't know about you, but I don't like to waste money). Some of these gifts might get you off the hook cheap, without seeming cheap (because not overspending is as good as not wasting money). Here are my top suggestions of gifts from the genealogist, to the impossible to please recipient. ...
This post contains affiliate links (I know you're shocked, a gift guide with affiliate links).  This is one of a series of gift guides for specific recipient types or gifters.  Some suggestions are reproduced rather than making you follow a series of links. I'm not sure a crafty genealogist really needs suggestions. Gifting should be pretty easy for you! I'm not going to get too specific because there are lots of ways to create some of these gifts or a similar gift. I'll give you some ideas I've come up with and then you should run with it. Quick and Easy I'll start with a gift I've made and given. Even the non-crafty can make a serving tray from a picture frame. I like a tray as a conversation piece when you have guests rather than just giving a framed image (although, my recipient actually removed the handles and hung the picture on the wall!). Buy handles to attach to the frame and caulk the glass to prevent stray liquids from ruining your ...
As an Occasional Genealogist (OG), someone who only gets to do genealogy occasionally, focusing on military research is a good option. There are several reasons. The "root" of many of these is the simple fact that military research has always been popular. Popular topics mean available resources. Here are several resources you should consider as an OG. ...

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