OnGenealogy Research Strategies

Genealogy research is like a jigsaw puzzle. Lots of pieces that need to be hunted for, sorted, and connected.   At OnGenealogy, we've sorted these puzzle pieces into categories based on why the record/piece was created.   Birth events - these include civil registrations of births and delayed births as well as religious records of baptisms and christenings, adoptions, and more   Marriage events - we've included many record types in the marriage category because customs vary wildly: banns, intentions, bonds, consent affidavits, registers and returns, licenses, certificates, divorces, and more   Death events -  this category includes records created in anticipation of or as a result of death: death certificates, wills, obituaries, cemeteries, estate and probate records, etc.   Residence events - in this category we've included records created based on where your ancestor lived or records that help you identify where your ancestor lived. Censuses,…
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How to Create a 3-2-1 Backup Plan

A 3-2-1 Backup plan means a backup plan for when you lose your computer files due to hard drive failure, theft, fire, etc. This has become the industry standard for a minimum level of preparedness and protection for our digital files. The plan, in a nutshell, is to have:

 

3-2-1 3 copies of your data, on at least2 different storage devices, with at least1 copy being offsite

3 copies, 2 storage devices, 1 offsite

3 copies means your original and 2 more copies This is like having 3 keys to your house, an original and 2 copies.2 different storage devices means your hard drive (the one inside your primary computer), an external hard drive (you plugin to your computer and copy all the files to), or cloud backup (a service you pay for with an offsite company) You can use hard drives for both storage devices, they just need to be two distinct, separate hard drive…
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How to Preserve Your Memories from your Mobile Devices

I list a lot of apps at OnGenealogy. Especially apps intended to help you connect with family. But in case your family is like mine and isn't interested in more "family time" or "connections" I'll show you my go-to solutions for preserving the memories we make in this modern world.

 

I've got three brothers, a husband, two boys, and two male dogs. The only ones looking to spend more quality time with me are the dogs. 😂 The most I can hope for is to preserve the communication we have, in whatever form it's delivered.

 

We use Apple devices and we use Mac and PC computers. If you use Android devices, these ideas still apply, your transfer process is just simpler.  My primary methods of communication are: Phone Calls Text Messages MarcoPolo messages Social Media

 

Phone Calls

Phone calls are like any other unrecorded conversation. Practically speaking, they're gone, stored only in the ripples of our brains. Fortunat…

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How to Create Engaging Family Histories

My favorite part of RootsTech was learning different ways to create engaging family histories--family histories our children will be interested in.

Here's one example, from a class taught by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems. Her class was titled, Video Magic: Creating Brilliant Videos Quickly & Easily. She shared many methods for creating slideshows to tell the stories of our ancestors in digestible snippets.

This was my first go at this type of slideshow, and it was probably overly-ambitious to try to sum up 80 years of life in a 3-minute slideshow (my choice, not her recommendation). I used Animoto Memories with a professional license. They also have a Personal license for $5/month that will leave the Animoto logo at the end of videos and a Business license for $49/month that will give you accounts for up to 3 users.

You can use the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to enlarge the video…

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