Genealogical Maturity Model – 2012 Assessment

Late in 2009, the Ancestry Insider started a series of posts proposing a self-assessment model for genealogists, which culminated in the Genealogical Maturity Model.  While I don’t agree with all the descriptions, it can be a useful way to measure one’s skill set.  I’ve used the tool before, but did not keep a record of […]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – yDNA from a Maternal Line

Ward Johnson Genealogy

Randy Seaver’s challenge this week is to: Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions: 1) What was your mother’s father’s name? 2) What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the […]

Goals for an Organized Research Process

One of our first topics in US Records Study Group was “Organizing and Evaluating Research Findings.”  When people talk about “being organized,” I think they are often referring to the physical “stuff”:  the documents, photos, and artifacts that they have accumulated.  Can any of this stuff be located at a moments notice? I have a […]

Techy Stuff for Genealogy

We’re talking about computers & technology in US-REC Study Group.  We have chapters to read in Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy and in The Source, but honestly, I learn more tech tips from my genea-friends than books could ever cover.  So, in the spirit of sharing, here are some of the tech tools I use […]