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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Maintenance Essentials for Genealogy

I've had maintenance on the mind this summer. So many friends and family are dealing with problems that are largely a result of lack of maintenance. It's made me think how easy it is to lose all our gains, simply because we don't do the day-to-day and month-to-month maintenance projects.

Why am I doing massive fence repairs in July? How'd we regain all this weight?How did the sewer line break?

It goes on and on. So while I work on projects and have to set aside my family history, I'm assessing what are the maintenance essentials for genealogy in my home.

We made some incredible family history gains last year, digitizing everything (photos, papers, cassette tapes) for my side of the family and we're close to finishing this for Mike's side of the family. I can't afford to lose these gains. Here are some ideas for projects we need to either start, finish, or maintain.

 

 

Some Family History Maintenance Ideas

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Fold3 Free Access to Revolutionary War Records, July 1st-15th

Fold3, owned by Ancestry.com, is offering free access to Revolutionary War Records from July 1st through the 15th.

There is no need to use a credit card or financial account to create a free account and have free access during this trial period.

For one week you should be granted access to ALL Fold3 databases. From their site:

Fold3 is amassing one of the largest collections of original documents. With unique partnerships with the National Archives and others, Fold3 has over545 million original documents that include information about people, places, events and topics.

Popular CollectionsRevolutionary WarCity DirectoriesCivil War Documents1930 US CensusWorld War II
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How to Access All Your Passwords–anytime, anywhere

Every year at RootsTech the password problem is front and center. People go to a booth and try to sign up for a new partner product that uses their FamilySearch account, etc but they can't remember their login and password for FamilySearch so they can't enable the new product to access their information. Worse, they don't know how to login to their email when they're not in front of their home computer, so they can't use the site's password reset or retrieval option. Nothing is more frustrating than being at a world-class conference and not being able to take advantage of the specials and offerings. If you have issues remembering your passwords, here are some sites that will help you. These sites allow you to sync your password list across multiple devices (some only do this with paid versions). So if you show up at a Genealogy Convention needing access to some obscure account, you'll have it ready and waiting on your phone!

 

 

Keeper Security&n…
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