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NEW! Explore Historical Images at FamilySearch

FamilySearch has a helpful, new feature called Explore Historical Images with nearly 4.5 billion images of historical documents. You'll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view these images. They created a database of image collections (image collections are ones that haven't been made searchable by names because no index has yet been created). This collection can be searched by a place, date, and record-type which will return a group of image collections, some of which may have been indexed. "Search results are grouped in the images sets that are based on the original book, folder or film reel that they were received in." Looking at digitized images is similar to searching with a microfilm reader or fiche reader, it takes time. But with most people still in quarantine due to Covid-19 restrictions, perhaps we have time in abundance. If you need a map to guide your research, you can also search the OnGenealogy Directory by l…
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Genealogists

Here are some great gift ideas for the genealogists in your life.

These are primarily US sites. If you have a genealogy business, product, or service you'd like to see included in future posts, please reach out to me at [email protected] to be added to our listings!

Keepsakes Family Tree ChartsGenealogy WallChartsTreeSeek (free downloads)*Family ChartmastersFamily Tree and MeOther Charts and Forms from listed at OnGenealogyFamily Tree ArtThe Mango DesignThe Tapestree EtsyFamily History BooksMyCanvas*(imports tree data from Ancestry or build tree on site)Tell Me Their Stories - personalized family history children's booksOther Books and Publishers from RootsTech, etcWrite a family story or stories to share*Digitize family photos and give them on an external hard drive*Gift any heirlooms you're ready to part with, but first, write a story about its meaningPhoto books created through Mixbook*, Chatbooks, Blurb*, etcPersonalized DNA books ordered through…
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Back to School sales for Family History

Here's a quick idea for your family history. Back to School sales are still in progress and it's a great time to stock up on any supplies you need for your family history and genealogy. Most of the supplies you'll buy at local stores will probably NOT be archival quality, so double check the labeling if that's a concern. Just remember,

Perfection is the enemy of progress

Winston Churchill A few things I purchased include:

FOLDERS - Folders with pockets and prongs will hold loose papers and hole-punched papers or plastic sleeves. I went with the cheapest option, US $0.15 each

Colored folders for direct-line ancestors in my family tree. I purchased a box of each color: blue, green, red, and yellow and will label each folder with one direct-line ancestor. With 40 folders per box, at US $0.15 per folder, one box of 40 folders was US $6.00.

I'm planning to use other colors for great uncles/aunts and other non-direct line …

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