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Analysis: Genealogy’s Proving Ground
Never has analysis been a more important part of genealogical research than in the current atmosphere of information overload. With access to records becoming faster and easier, it is critical to analyze our sources, findings and conclusions to ensure their accuracy.
Ancestral Dossiers: A Key to Research Success
Organizing your research is important on many levels. It facilitates analysis, allows you to see where you are, and keeps you from duplicating efforts. Learn how to create a dossier for each ancestor to maximize your success.
Advanced Probate Research
Using a case study, learn more about the information that you can find in, and infer from, records of the administration of estates.
Crafting Family Histories
Based on my chapter in Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice and Standards, this talk reviews the preparation for writing projects, standards and best practices, and special concerns that we must address in our writing.
Finding Your Family in Canada
Discover how to find records in Canada for your ancestors who came from there, or travelled to the U.S. and/or other countries through Canada.
French-Canadian Notarial Records
Whether wealthy or common working folk, our ancestors used notaries for all kinds of contracts. Learn about the notarial system, and how to access these incredible resources.
Greffes des Notaires: The Goldmine in Quebec’s Notarial Records
Whether your ancestors in Quebec spoke French, English, Gaelic, German, or any other language, they followed the civil law for recordkeeping, which is very different from the rest of Canada and most of the United States. Learn how to use these valuable records to propel your research.
Incorporating Original Records into your Writing
We use source citations to point people to our sources. But there are ways to incorporate records and the information directly into our writing. Learn important tools for including them.
Managing a Writing Project
Whether large or small, writing projects must be managed properly. Learn tips and techniques for managing projects that will help ensure successful outcomes.
New England Repositories and Key Collections
There are countless repositories of different sizes throughout New England to assist you in your research. Learn about some of these repositories and how to access their holdings from near or far.
Reading and Understanding Old Documents
Learn how to read handwriting of earlier eras so you can read and understand original records of your ancestors. [ed. There is a longer, workshop version of this that involves hands-on work.]
Resources of The National Archives (U.K.)
TNA has vast resources to assist you in researching your ancestors in the U.K. Discover how to access these, both remotely and in-person.
Rules for Writing
Genealogical writing has many rules that are common to all writing, but also some that are peculiar to our field. Learn the rules of the road to produce engaging and reliable materials for your family.
The Seigneurial System in Quebec
Most of our ancestors were farmers, working the lang to provide for their families. Unlike the United States, however, they did not own the land outright. Learn about the Seigneurial System brought over from France, and how it impacted the lives of our ancestors through the 19th century.
Sharing Your Family History in the 21st Century
Explore different ways you can share your information in the age of technology.
Sharing Your Family History with Multimedia
Learn how to share your research in new and visually interesting ways with easy-to-use software and websites. Even those with no experience can easily create a great product.
Sources for New England Research
The six New England states have a different structure from most of the rest of the United States. Understanding those differences and the records it created is important to finding your ancestors in the northeast corner of the U.S.
Understanding the English Probate System
You might be surprised to know that there is a good chance your ancestors left an estate to be probated. Finding these records in England can be challenging, especially before 1858. Learn how to navigate the system to find your family, no matter what time period they lived in.
Writing with Microsoft Word
There are many words processing software packages out there. Word is perhaps the most powerful for genealogical writing. Discover how to use these tools to produce high-quality family histories. [ed. There is a longer, workshop version of this that involves hands-on work.]