7 Reasons You Should Attend SCGS Jamboree

Today is the last day for early-bird registration to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.  Jamboree will he held June 8-10 in Burbank, California, with two “pre-events” to be held on June 7.  If you are on the fence, here are 7 reasons to attend: Rock-Star Speakers – Megan Smolenyak, Josh Taylor, Curt Wicher, and so […]

Real Genealogists Don’t Copy and Paste


I‘ve had the unfortunate experience recently of discovering that a great deal of content from Tonia’s Roots has been copied and pasted elsewhere, without my permission.  I suppose this is a sign of the times we live in; it is so easy to copy and paste that people don’t think they need to do their […]

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 […]

Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun: The Ancestors GeneaMeme

I’m a day late for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings. Your mission, should you decide to accept it is to: 1) Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog. 2) Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to […]

#31WBGB: Solve a Problem


Welcome back to another week of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!    This week’s task is to write a post that solves a problem that your readers (or potential readers) have.  This ought to be easy for us, because as researchers, solving problems is what we do. 6 Ways to Identify Problems to Solve […]

#31WBGB: Find a Blog Buddy


Welcome back to another week of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog!    This week’s task is to find a blog buddy.  Let’s face it; blogging is often a solitary endeavor.  Bloggers who work together, often have more success.  Blogging buddies can be one-on-one relationships or small groups. 9 Reasons You Need a Blog Buddy […]