Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Finding Genealogy Frustrating?


Last week I posted four tips for "Irish Genealogy" that were really universal genealogy tips. Thanks to NGS's new "Upfront Mini-bytes" I've found a post on the blog Genealogy's Star that covers almost the same issues in a different format.
We all learn differently so concepts this important are worth reading about from as many different perspectives as possible. That is one of the great things about blogs. It makes web publishing easy for many people giving you (the reader) access to a lot more perspectives than was ever possible in the pre-digital age.
I really like the different approach to the same concepts in the Genealogy's Star's post "Avoiding Genealogical Search Frustration." If you're feeling a little frustrated with your search or even just a bit uninspired, check it out.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Four "Irish Genealogy" Tips for Americans


Four "Irish Genealogy" Tips for Americans

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day here are my top tips for Americans who want to research their Irish roots. Most of these apply to any genealogical research topic so your 1/365th Irish heritage counts.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Follow-up: Why You Can't Find Your Person Online

Can't Find Your Ancestor Online? Tips for Unindex Records
The article I mentioned in my post last week ("5 Reasons Why You Can't Find Your Person Online" by Michael J. Leclerc) provides five great reasons you might not have found your person in online records. I'd like to add a number six and give you a few suggestions to learn more about overcoming this reason.

"Number 6" the records aren't indexed.

If you know much about online records (genealogical or not) you may easily understand the difference indicated by the terms "online records" and "online databases." If you don't perceive any difference in those terms, learning the difference may help you perform better online research.
Most genealogical records were created offline (obviously). When they are put online there are two main formats, images or databases. The exceptions are usually transcribed or abstracted records posted by individuals on their own websites (including blogs) or on websites like US GenWeb Archives. In some cases, these are still databases but the important thing for this discussion is understanding an image versus information typed online.