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 Get Google Search Results for another Country

If you're searching for records in another country, you used to be able to use that country's Google domain to get results localized for that country.     Google now gives localized results based on your current location, not the extension you're searching with. So if you're in the United States and want to search in England, you can't type google.co.uk into the URL window and trick Google into giving you UK results. But Google hasn't left us high and dry. They now allow us to change the settings for our searches. Whatever Google extension you use, in the bottom right-hand corner of the page there is a Settings menu where you can request results be localized to somewhere other than your current location.  Here's an example of how you can get Google search results for another country by changing the settings on your search window.   In the lower right-hand corner of your search window, select Settings, then Search Settings   &n…
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Where to Find Historical Books for Genealogy and Family History

I was surfing Pinterest today and found "The Servantless House" by R. Randal Phillips, written after WWI, when many women had transitioned to factory jobs and there was a shortage of domestic help and increased costs for anyone hiring domestic help.  

"Already we have a Women's Legion which demands not only a very much higher rate of wage for domestic work than ever was paid in the old days, but also makes it a stipulation that a girl shall have specified times for her meals, during which she is not to be disturbed; two hours off every day; and every Sunday off from after dinner till 10 o'clock at night..."   Not only did servants start demanding breaks for meals and a few hours off each day, they also now demanded,  

"proper sleeping accommodation and adequate food."   The horror!  

"All this, quite obviously, intensifies an already very difficult pro…

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How to Organize Your Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps

Most of us are familiar with the pristine organization of public libraries and archives.       A few of us have even geeked out and considered shelving our own books with the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress system.       I'm not going that far, but I do love organization. Here is my ideal plan.   How to Organize a Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps   Step 1 - Bring all the books in your home into one room.

Gather books from bedrooms, coffee tables, random shelves and countertops, etc and bring them all into one place.

    Step 2 - Sort the books, by topic, into separate piles.    

This is where you might want to refer to the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems. Get a feel for how the pros sort books and then figure out what the logical breakdown will be for your collection.

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