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Last week I wrote about what reverse genealogy is and why you'd try it . Today is "Backwards Day" so I'm covering how to research backwards (as in forwards, wait... what?) To recap, reverse genealogy is researching from the past to the present, the opposite direction, or backwards, from what we normally do. Last week I mentioned some uses for genetic genealogy and traditional genealogy as well as cases where non-genealogists might want to try reverse genealogy . How to go from the past to the present is easiest to understand with traditional genealogy so I'll start there and then move to harder situations. ...
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and I recently learned about a new finding aid that is appropriate to share today. Last week Upfront with NGS  shared a notice they had received about the newly released online inventory of the International Tracing Service (ITS). You can read the post (with the link to the inventory), here . Realize this is a finding aid, not online records. If you haven't used finding aids, it's like a library catalog for a repository collection, sort of. Some finding aids are incredibly in-depth, allowing you to identify exactly the record you want to access. Some are not even as detailed as a traditional book library catalog. There may be a catalog for the repository and finding aids, just a catalog, or just finding aids. It depends on the repository. The level of details given in a finding aid depends on the collection and the creator and every variable that affects those two aspects. You will see in the announcement published on ...
Today is National Opposite Day in the U.S. I have no idea why. I tried to look it up and the answer was, "no one's sure." I was just looking for "__________ Day" to give me ideas to mix up the topics on the blog. I think Opposite Day generated and important topic, "reverse genealogy." What is reverse genealogy and why do you care? First, I wouldn't say reverse genealogy is the opposite of genealogy. I won't be answering the title question, I don't know what's the opposite of genealogy, maybe hiding your ancestry? Reverse genealogy can help you if your family tried to hide their ancestry. Let's get back to what it is, though. ...
I often find posts I'd like to share with readers but they don't warrant me writing a whole post about them. So, I'm going to try the "round-up" style post with bits of information from around the Internet. Right now, I don't expect to publish this regularly but we'll see. This is also a way for you to learn about other sources for information, genealogical or not. From Up Front with NGS (the official blog for the National Genealogical Society) NEW Chrome Extension Takes You to Wayback Machine for 404 Page Codes!!! I've already installed this extension I was so excited about it. I'll go months without needing the Wayback Machine but lately, I seem to use it a lot. As an example of how you might use this (if you never have)... Not too long ago I was reviewing a post from my business blog and found one of the links no longer worked. The company blog it linked to no longer existed (they were purchased by another company). The purchasing com...
Cousin baiting is exactly like deer baiting in its purpose which is why the term is used. Not from a long line of hunters? Confused?  Should you put out a pile of grandma's cookies to lure your cousins in? And why would you want cousins to come around, anyway (is that only a question with my family)? ...
This post is a follow-up to last week's "resolutions" post. I suggest heading over to read it first , if you haven't. This post is specifically about resolving to do more research, not just more "genealogy" which involves more than just research. If you want to do more research, you need a realistic understanding of what time you have available and what else you need to do genealogically. The first post covers those topics. Research is the fun part of genealogy (if you didn't think so, you wouldn't do genealogy at all). Failing at resolutions is awful so I want you to make the right resolution for YOU. "Do more research" just isn't actionable enough. Here's a "secret." If you do the right non-research tasks, you'll be so excited and prepared to do research, it will happen. Unfortunately, those "right" tasks are personal to you so I can't just hand you an easy list to get you to that magic point wher...

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