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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RootsTech Connect 2021 Video Tour

Here's a 5-minute video tour of the RootsTech Connect 2021 Genealogy Convention. At the end of the convention hall tour is a 5-minute video explanation of Relatives at Rootstech, a new and improved feature that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own home or office. There's also a free Surname Search tool if you haven't added yourself to the FamilySearch family tree (so they can't compute your Relatives at RootsTech). Be sure to visit www.rootstech.org, join Relatives at RootsTech, and see if we're related. I'm Alyson Tayler (maiden name) in the FamilySearch tree so that's how to search for me. And visit the Expo Hall vendors for free Conference swag and promotions. Some promotions and swag include: subscription discounts, free downloadable books, free downloadable genealogy magazines, resources from genealogy societies, and at the OnGenealogy booth I have a couple of free, fillable-pdf family tree art 8x10s you can download, fill out on y…
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Calling all Hobbyists! Check out Relatives at RootsTech

RootsTech Connect is 24-27 February, 2021 and they have a great feature for hobbyists and professionals alike--Relatives at RootsTech. To take advantage of this feature you'll need to: Go to FamilySearch.org/connect and sign in to this feature OR create a FamilySearch account at this link and opt in to this feature (you'll also be signing up for the RootsTech Connect conference--it's free)Build a tree (easy) by connecting yourself to a family tree at FamilySearch (use this number to call and get online help 1-866-406-1830)Once you've signed up at FamilySearch.org/connect, you can use that link and if you have a family tree at FamilySearch, you'll be able to see how many of your cousins are registered attendees at RootsTech. If you look closely, the first image below gives you an idea what the map and list will look like. And once you've signed up, even without a family tree, you can use the FamilySearch.org/connect link and search a family name an…
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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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