Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy 2017!

We’re looking forward to 2017!

We’re not really going to make any significant changes to our blog or our focus. We’ll try and keep it short, sweet, and instructive.

I’m hoping to start working on my New England families and write up things on some of my Southern lines–hopefully that will generate some new twists. I’ll continue working on the families that I’ve always worked on–there are always new discoveries to make.

Thanks for your support. It is appreciated!

Best of luck with your research in 2017.

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“Preparing for a Trip to the Family History Library” and Other Presentations

We’ve had requests to bring back our webinars, so we’re doing so from now until 2 January 2017courthouse

This presentation on the Family History Library is one of our more popular topics.

There’s more to going to the Family History Library in Salt Lake than simply arriving at the Library with a vague set of goals. For the past ten years I have lead a group of researchers to the library every May. In this webinar, we will see ways to plan for your time at the library to make the most of your time there. For many researchers, a trip to the Family History Library is a significant expense.

The following items are discussed:

  • Use of the card catalog
  • What you should do the moment you walk in the library
  • Creating a search strategy that emphasizes what’s at the library instead of what may be available elsewhere
  • Determining when research may be best done elsewhere on a certain family or location
  • Creating effective research lists to make better use of your research time, track what you do while at the library, and create citations upon return home
  • Organizing tasks while at the library to take advantage of the structure of the library
  • Utilizing fee-based databases at the library unique to your personal research
  • Onsite organizational strategies
  • Tracking paper and digital copies
  • What to do on your research when the library is closed (for those who just can’t put their research away)

This has already been given and is available for immediate purchase and download.

View the entire list.

Deed After the Widow Died

If your male ancestor died before his wife and owned real property at the time of his death, there might have been a quitclaim deed drawn up by the heirs after the widow died.  That quitclaim deed might have transferred ownership to one of the other heirs or someone else. It may not mention the widow or her death at all.


“Searching Female Ancestors” is one of my pre-recorded webinars which are available for download.

A Few Reminders…

We’ve picked up quite a few new fans, followers, and readers from somewhere–and we’re thankful for that.cropped-tipofday.jpg

With that in mind, here’s a few things about Genealogy Tip of the Day

  • Tips are meant to be short. They are not meant to be complete academic treatment of subjects, terms. Our intent is to make people aware of topics, terms, ideas, etc. or to remind them about them.
  • Tips cover a variety of skill levels. We have readers who are seasoned researchers and those who’ve been researching for a short period of time. We welcome everyone who wants to follow.
  • I only write about things with which I am familiar.  I don’t write about everything under the sun or popular topics just to generate traffic. I usually write tips as I’m actually researching or writing and only research my children’s ancestry–my ahnentafel is online for those who have an interest.
  • I don’t do “genealogy news.” You won’t find recycled press releases on this site.
  • We are sponsored by GenealogyBank. However, GenealogyBank exercises absolutely no editorial control over any of our content.
  • I am thankful for all the support Genealogy Tip of the Day has received and for all our readers, followers, and fans.

I sometimes switch between “we” and “I” when referring to myself. Genealogy Tip of the Day is one person–there is no office staff <grin>.

Did the Minister Take the Records?

In some denominations, the minister would take the church records with him when he moved to another congregation. This is more likely to happen in frontier churches and in denominations that tended to keep less detailed records. Catholic priests tended to not do this, but there are exceptions.

As a result, the records may be in the last church the minister ministered at, the hands of a descendant of the actual minister, a local historical society or library that happened to obtain the records, or somewhere else.

Any of these places could be quite a distance from where the actual church was located.

Put Deaths in Familial Context

Always think about the family that was left behind when someone died? Were there children who would have needed looked after? Was there a spouse who would have needed some assistance? Was there an adult child who would have been unable to look after themselves?

Who would have been nearby to help these individuals?

Were there court records, guardianships, or other records resulting from issues when the person died?

When Did You Last Browse Find A Grave?

Have you virtually visited your relative’s memorials at FindAGrave?

Even if you have seen the stone yourself, there mayfind-a-grave be information there that you don’t have–perhaps links to burials of other family members or additional information on the Memorial Page.

If you have not seen the stone, FindAGrave can be a great place to get a digital image of that stone.

Just remember to double check “non-stone” information with other sources. Some submitters pay more attention to accuracy than others.

But it’s always great to get a picture of the stone.