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Do you know how to identify genealogical clutter? Do you have systems in place to avoid creating clutter in the first place? Genealogical clutter isn't piles of physical papers. Learn how to identify and stop it! Recently I posted on " The Lunchtime Genealogist " series about decluttering your genealogy. I found this an intriguing idea and wanted to encourage others to consider it during a short session of genealogy (their lunch break). Aside from the obvious pile of papers, the concept of genealogical "clutter" needs more explanation, though. I don't have all the answers about decluttering your genealogy but I think I've made a good start. My recently used genealogy files are essentially clutter-free. There is lots of clutter in other parts of my life but I've done a decent job of preventing it in my recent genealogy. Let's jump right in with that suggestion, then. ...
Have you been doing genealogy for a while? Are you asking yourself, "why is my genealogy research stuck?" Do you need new ideas for how to find more genealogy records? Maybe you've been trying to learn more but you keep hearing the same information over and over. Do you simply lack the time to find and read new educational material (whether books, blog posts, or articles)? Why is My Genealogy Research Stuck? Occasional Genealogists need education as much, if not more, than  often genealogists . Your genealogy knowledge grows a lot from experience. If you don't get to research a lot, you can really be hampered by a lack of education. Often beginning and intermediate genealogists get stuck simply because they don't know about another record type or about a technique. It's not that the records don't exist. Sometimes you've already found them. It's what you don't know that has you stuck. When you hit a research plateau, it's p...
The importance of siblings is a topic that can be discussed for any genealogical problem but sometimes it may be the best or only way to research a difficult female ancestor. How Do You Find a Woman's Maiden Name? A Grayscale of Social Interaction There are lots of suggestions for identifying records about your female ancestor but sometimes she just didn't create records. Your female ancestor may not have participated in society in a way that created lasting records. Women at the extremes of society have some of the best records available. Women very involved in social activities or social work may appear in records of those groups or in local histories. Women who defied female norms were likely to appear in court for breaking some law (this could be suffragettes or prostitutes or anything in-between, don't forget there are differences in norms and laws at different points in history). This also applies to a certain degree if her husband was at one end of th...

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