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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Using Recipes in your Family Histories

    It's planting season again and gardening, cooking, and canning are in my DNA.   I garden and can for pleasure but my ancestors gardened and canned out of necessity.   Here's how my father-in-law described it. "Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have an easy life. They had a garden in Gunnison they used to work day and night. They needed to grow enough in that garden to live year round. Other than a little meat they purchased, they lived off the garden. I don’t remember them having pigs or chickens or animals of any kind. They grew all kinds of potatoes and fruit trees and everything they could grow they harvested themselves. They had a big storage shelter down in the ground with wood around it and dirt on the top and they stored all this food down there to last through the winter."   Rather than feel sorry for my ancestors and their plight (which I do), I'm going to record and share the memories of these ancestors who lived off the land and the w…
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Happy DNA Day – an Offer for AncestryDNA Testers

Happy DNA Day!   23andMe is holding a one-day special for AncestryDNA customers. If you've tested anywhere other than Ancestry, skip to the end for sites where you can get free offers. Today only, Ancestry DNA testers can upload their test results to 23andMe (for free) and receive 4 free health reports! 23andMe doesn't usually accept DNA test uploads.         To download your AncestryDNA, you'll need to:   Login to your account at Ancestry.com Navigate to the DNA tab on the top menu bar Select "Your DNA Results Summary"         Select the Gear icon next to "Settings" on the right side of the page         PAY ATTENTION HERE - Select "Download Raw DNA Data" on the right side of the window BE CAREFUL, it's inconveniently close to a "Delete Test Results" button         Enter your Ancestry Account passw…
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DNA Day Sales and some DNA Test Comparisons

DNA Day is one week away!   April 25th is DNA Day and companies usually offer sales on DNA test kits.   UPDATED: As of April 20th, all these sites are offering sales on their DNA tests (listed in order of sale announcement): MyHeritageDNA LivingDNA 23andMe Ancestry.com FamilyTreeDNA     Here are my very biased DNA test comparisons with what I like and dislike about each test. Visit the ISOGG Wiki for less biased information.         MyHeritageDNA   Autosomal Test Sale price: $69 + shipping (at their site) Sale price: $68 at Amazon.com and free shipping with Amazon prime List price: $99 My Bias: My husband currently works for them. I prefer cheek swab tests to saliva tests. I have a free tree & records at their site because I'm LDS. They have a great business relationship with FTDNA, whom I respect a ton. I know what their upcoming products offer (see last pa…
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