A Beginner’s Guide to Archives

A Beginner's Guide to Archives is a guest blog post by Alistair McGowan, professional genealogist and owner of bespokeGenealogy.com. Originally from the UK, Alistair now lives in Ontario, Canada, where he runs his genealogy business & research services. Alistair is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  If you have any UK ancestry, be sure to follow Alistair on Pinterest, where we connected. His images are beautiful and his posts are filled with useful family history resources, travel tips, and such detail it's hard to believe he spends any time in Canada. His blog and Pinterest images have inspired me to plan a Heritage trip to the UK!  My thanks in advance to Alistair for his willingness to share his knowledge. Now, on to his guest post, A Beginner's Guide to Archives.   It used to be that the only way you coul…
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ResearchTies from RootsTech 2016

After scouring the RootsTech Expo booths for three days, meeting with representatives from each booth, the exhibitor that will make the most difference in my research and genealogy needs is ResearchTies. I'm betting a lot of people missed them because they were back by the crowded computer lab area, but they offered 20 minute lab tutorials which were worth every minute (wish I could have signed up for an hour). Check out a short video highlighting How to use Research Ties at my OnGenealogy YouTube channel. ResearchTies is an online research log where users record genealogy objectives, sources, searches, record results and more. You can add digital images, url links, and import gedcoms*. And the creator and president of ResearchTies, Jill Crandell, MA in history, accredited genealogist, or her staff provides quick customer support. I'm religious about using research logs when I work offline, especially at a library. But most of my research is done in quick snippets onl…
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