6 Steps To Your Family History : 15 Minutes At A Time

With our lives in today’s world getting busier, our knowledge of our ancestors is rapidly decreasing. There definitely are some seniors in our families who know much more about our family tree, but this information, if not transferred, is bound to be lost with them. Some of it might already be lost. If you are looking to assimilate information about your family, the following sources and methods could prove to be of great help.

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Six Steps To Your Family History

Step 1:  Have an attitude that this is possible and do-able, because it is possible and do-able.

Step 2:  Get a box.

Your box may be a physical box to contain your project or a virtual box set up on your computer.  You might need both. You may have to do a little organization in order to find room for your box where other family members won’t disturb your project. A box with a lid would be best.  Examples of a virtual box are: a Word document where you are working on your life history, an Excel spreadsheet of information or working in a genealogy management program.

Step 3:  Put a project in your box.

The majority of class time will be taken discussing possible projects to put in your box and how to break them into smaller bites.  Match the project to your interests and abilities, but don’t be afraid to try new things. By focusing in on only one project at a time you will actually accomplish more in the long run.  It is not realistic to expect to find very many projects that can be completed in 15 minutes. The key is to keep the project contained so it can be picked up and put down as needed.

Step 4:  Set up a log.

This log is to record where you end on your project when your available time is gone.  By doing this you will be able to pick up right where you left off and spend your entire time available actually working on family history.

Step 5:  Find a mentor or coach.

You can go it alone if you have experience in family history.  If you don’t have experience, having a mentor will make a big difference.  Mentors can help you with what project to work on, answer questions and be your cheerleader.

Step 6:  Make a commitment to yourself.

Commit to make time to work on your family history project consistently.  Everyone has bits of time that they can carve out if they are willing to look honestly at their activities.


The log is key to your success.  Don’t rely on your memory alone! When you run out of time, immediately write down where to pick up next time.  Make your entry detailed enough that you can begin working immediately. Record details such as PID#s when working on FamilySearch.org.  Wunderlist or Evernote are excellent places to record a computer log. If you have another note-taking program that you use regularly, then set up a special section for your family history project.  

If using a computer, I recommend adding your note to the top of the page so that you don’t have to scroll to the bottom of a list every time you want to get started. Keeping your log on paper also works.  I recommend using 8 ½ by 11 sheets of paper or a dedicated notebook. This log needs to be kept separate from all of the other notes you write to yourself. Sticky notes have their place in this project, but not as your main log.  Unless you are totally stalled, write down questions and follow up items on your log and keep working on your project without getting distracted.

Evernote:  http://evernote.com/

Wunderlist:  https://www.wunderlist.com/en/

Living Memory

There is an emphasis from our leaders to collect living memory before it is lost.  They are not referring to just what you personally remember. They are referring to the family photos, stories, and documents that have been left to someone in your family.  There is a big emphasis on collecting stories and other memories from each member of a family before they are lost and not handed down and shared. Those with technology skills have been asked to work with less tech savvy family members to record and preserve these memories.

Personal Projects

Answer the question: “What do you wish you knew about your great-grandparents?”  Make a bookmark with your responses to remind yourself of things to record in your journal for your great-grandchildren to read.

Write your own personal history: Create a timeline of the major events in your life.  You may want to include historical events and how they affected you.

Organize a notebook or computer file to record the most meaningful memories from your life such as life lessons learned and things that strengthened your testimony.  What stories from your life would help strengthen someone else? Add to this record as the memories come to you.

Record the stories of the events that have made you who you are.  Names, dates, places and facts are important, but the stories, whys and feelings are more important…and more interesting.

Note down the top 100 things that have happened to you in your life?

 Organize, identify and preserve your personal photos.

 Edit and restore old family photos.

 Study the things that you find about your ancestors and think about what they must have felt.  Learn to love your ancestors. Know them as real people and not names and dates on a chart.

Take pictures of the things in your home that have been handed down in your family.  Record the stories behind the items and the individual they came from.

Keep your computer and paper files organized as you work.

Family Projects

 Gather all of your family’s important documents and preserve them in sheet protectors.

 Organize your family photos.  Identify and preserve them.

 Record family stories and events as they happen.

 Get all family photos and documents out of “magnetic” albums and unsafe plastics!

 Some of these projects will take more time, but preparing for them can be done in your boxed in time.

Useful Tips:

Have a family home evening looking at the photos you have gathered and record the stories about the photos.  Transcribe these stories.

Write stories of your ancestors in a way that they can be used as bedtime stories for young family members.

Go to Google Earth and look up the addresses that you have found as you have gathered and sourced records.  If any family homes or landmarks are local, take your family to the location and photograph them.

FamilySearch.org Projects

Help tutorials and resources:  https://familysearch.org/tree-training

Family Tree

Go to Family Tree and make sure you are connected to your family.

Systematically go through family tree looking for missing information, especially in the first few generations.  (Information about Living Individuals does not display right now, but they are working on changing this so that families can see this information.)

Enter information you or other family members have that is not in Family Tree yet.


In a systematic way, attach census records for all censuses available during the lifetime of an individual.  View the records to determine if they show other family members missing in Family Tree.

Use Search Records to attach sources to individuals in the tree.  Work one family at a time. Printing a Family Group record will help you track your work.  (Preview before printing!) Keep a log of things that you or another family member could research in the future.

Check www.findagrave.com for entries about your family members.  Attach these as sources in Family Tree. Tree Connect will help you do this without having to do manual entry.


Upload digital files of photos you have (or can beg, borrow or “steal”).  Be familiar with FamilySearch policies concerning photos of living individuals.

Tag individuals in the photos you upload and connect them to Family Tree.

Tag unidentified individuals you know in photos uploaded by other people.

Upload stories to FamilySearch Memories and connect them to the appropriate individual(s).

Upload documents to FamilySearch Memories, tag them and connect them to the appropriate individual(s).

Share links of Memories included on FamilySearch with other family members.  Hopefully you can get them interested and they will share the photos and information they have.


By selecting one individual, it is possible to even do research projects in small increments of time.  The key is keeping good notes and entries in your log.

If you are not familiar with decendancy research, go to FamilySearch Learn (https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html ) and learn how to do this type of research.

Go to www.Puzzilla.org and examine it for leads of where to focus your descendancy research.  

Do descendancy research.  Remember keep your focus; keep good notes and entries in your log.


Please, PLEASE, PLEASE index.  You may be the one to index the record that breaks down your family’s long standing brick wall.


As you work, watch carefully for individuals with missing temple ordinances.  I have a great-great grandfather that the temple icon says his work is complete and it isn’t.  Please don’t go Green Arrow Chasing only. Individuals and work that needs to be done will be missed. If an individual is missing from a family the icon may indicate the work is complete when it actually isn’t. (The temple icon appears on the traditional pedigree view in family tree above the couples “box” when you hover over their names with your mouse.)

Before taking a name to the temple, study the information in Family Tree about that individual.  From the sources and memories information, try to get a feel for what life was like for them and their family.  Get to know your family member as a person and not a name and a date.

Additional Project Suggestions


Before beginning a scanning project, learn about archival scanning procedures so that the work will not have to be repeated.  We have four scanners at the Mapleton Family History Center. The BYU Family History Library has high speed photo scanners, book scanners and large format scanners.  The largest scanner is located in the Map Department of the Library. The best use of your 15 minutes might be to organize your photos or other materials into logical groupings and then make a trip to the family history center or BYU and use the specialized equipment.

Mapleton Family History Center equipment (scroll past classes):  https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Mapleton_Utah_Family_History_Center

BYU Family History Library: http://guides.lib.byu.edu/content.php?pid=46986&sid=372141

Scan your own personal photos and documents.

Scan photos, documents and life histories obtained from other family members.

Share the files you scan on FamilySearch and with other family members.


  • Transcribe handwritten histories and stories from your life or the lives of other family members.
  • Convert old cassette tape interviews to a digital format.  Transcribe the recordings.
  • Transcribe letters.


There are many ways to share your work beyond uploading to FamilySearch.  Remember to share with your immediate family and not just your extended family.  Consider these suggestions:

  • Host a family website
  • Start a family blog
  • Share the digital files you have of family photos and stories.  
  • Be creative!  Start an “Ancestor of the Month” email or Facebook club.  Create family games using information or photos of your ancestor. Start a family newsletter.


Prepare for interviewing family members when you know that you will be visiting them soon.  http://www.preservingtime.org/interviews.html has information about successful interviewing.  FamilySearch wiki and learn also have information.  Who, What, When and Where are not as important as Why, Feelings and Stories.  Be prepared with a digital voice recorder or video recorder to record the interview.  

It is possible to interview “long-distance”.  Ask an individual about their life via telephone, email or snail mail.  Prepare for “long-distance” interviews using the information above. Apps are available to record phone conversations.

Contact the “family genealogist” and find out what records and information they have.  See what they are willing to share with you.

Interview the “family genealogist”.  They probably have many good stories to tell, but have not focused on themselves because of their other work.

Interview yourself or your immediate family members.  Someone doesn’t have to be “old” to be worth interviewing.

Send someone a link to photos uploaded to FamilySearch.  Have a phone interview about the stories behind the photos while you are both looking at the same page.

Use Skype or other similar programs to interview more distant relatives.  Remember: record any interviews whenever possible.


Ask your mentor or the “family genealogist” for suggestions for other projects that would fit your time constraints and interests.

Ask your “family genealogist” for special assignments such as creating a spreadsheet of names included in a diary or searching online newspapers for information.

Learn about the history and times of the area where your ancestors lived.  This will gives you clues to your research as well as help you to get to know your ancestors.

Learn to use search limiters so that information can be found on lesser known sites.  Google only searches a small part of what is available (I’ve read 25%). Search for ancestors on Yippy.com and other search engines here.  

Digitize, DIGITIZE, DIGITIZE any information, records or photos that you are able to access…and make sure you always back up your computer files.  To learn more about backing up go to: www.bestbackups.com/blog/7153/everything-you-need-to-know-about-personal-data-archiving/


Bellow you will find a great selection of guides to help you with you research. We tried to cover everything we deemed relevant.

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Family History Basics

Getting Started

[V]  FS: Getting Started (10:09)

[V]  AC: Getting Started in Family History (2:15)

[A]  Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Family History

[A]  Genealogy: The Complete Resource Guide

[A]  GT: Getting Started

[A]  Family History Research

[A]  NYC Genealogy

[A]  TH: How to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree

[A]  Starting Your Genealogy Research

[A]  Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History

[A]  Genealogy Word Dictionary

[A]  FMP: 10 Tips to Start Your Family History Journey

[A]  FMP: 4 Things Every New Genealogist Asks

[A]  LT: Decoding Genealogy-Speak for Beginners: Pedigree Chart and Family Group Sheets

Myths and Mistakes

[V]  AC: Favorite Genealogy Myths Debunked (5:00)

[V]  BYU: Don’t You Believe It! Myths Debunked (60:00)

[A]  LT: Debunking Common Genealogical Myths

[V]  AR: Beginner Mistakes and How to Avoid Them (18:26)

[A]  FMP: Genealogy Mistakes Beginners Make

[A]  TH: Top 10 Genealogy Mistakes to Avoid

[A]  5 Common Mistakes of Beginning Genealogists

Family Trees

FamilySearch Family Tree

[V]  Getting Started with FamilySearch Family Tree (49:18)

[V]  BYU: Why Use the FamilySearch Family Tree (72:48)

[V]  BYU: FamilySearch Family Tree Q&A Session (57:27)

[V]  BYU: Communicating What You Know about Your Genealogy (47:54)

[V]  BYU: FamilySearch—Obscure Elements Revealed (12:00)

[V]  Ancestry to FamilySearch (10:42)

Ancestry Family Tree

[A]  AC: Error When Displaying Tree in Family View

[A]  AC: Duplicates Caused by Intra-Familial Marriages

[A]  AC: Listing Adopted Chidren in a Tree

[A]  AC: Printing a Facts Page

[A]  AC: Adding Profile Pictures in the App

[A]  AC: Deleting People from a Tree

[A]  AC: Ancestry Genealogy Toolkit

[A]  AC: Editing Basic Facts

[A]  AC: Missing Family Trees

[A]  AC: Assigning a Home Person

[A]  AC: Who Can Edit Your Tree

[A]  AC: Splitting a Family Tree

[A]  AC: Viewing Relationships to Me

[A]  AC: Removing a Tree Shared with You


[A]  AC: Unavailable Hints

[A]  AC: Turning Hints On or Off

[A]   Should You Take Ancestry’s Suggestions?

[A]  The Truth About Ancestry’s Hints

[A]  AC: Hints for the Wrong Person

MyHeritage Family Tree

[A]  How do I create a new tree on my family site?

[A]  How do I associate myself to my tree?

[A]  How do I show a divorce in my online tree?

[A]  How do I add step-children to my online family tree?

[A]  What is the online Tree Consistency Checker?

[A]  How do I use the Tree Consistency Checker on my family site?

[A]  How do I add more than one partner in my online tree?

[A]  How do I show partners in my online tree?

[A]  Can I export a GEDCOM file of my family tree from my family site?

[A]  How do I import a GEDCOM file to my family site on MyHeritage?

[A]  How do I bring my family tree information from another genealogy program to MyHeritage?

Findmypast Family Tree

[A]  FMP: Introducing Military Hints

[A]  FMP: How to Use Your Findmypast Family Tree; Icons Guide

[A]  FMP: Building your family tree on Findmypast



[V]  FS: Getting Started—Ancestors (25:00)

[V]  BYU: Adding Memories in FamilySearch Tree (10:29)

[V]  BYU: Adding Memories in FamilySearch (4:24)

[V]  BYU: Using Twile.com (11:34)

[V]  BYU: Adding Audio to FamilySearch (11:59)

[A]  GC: Getting Started in Research

[A]  AR: Remembering Grandma: Sharing Stories of Your Female Ancestors

[A]  AR: Five Easy Ways to Preserve and Share Family Recipes and Traditions

[A]  FS: Using FamilySearch Memories

Preserving Memories

[V]  BYU: Caring for Your Family Heirlooms (58:42)

[V]  BYU: Preserving and Editing Old Photographs: The Overson Collection (55:51)

[V]  BYU: Preserving Your Family Records (57:01)

[V]  Creating a Family Archive

[A]  When In Doubt, Don’t Throw It Out

[A]  GC: Heirloom Hints

[A]  Save Your Stuff

[A]  AC: 8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos

[A]  Family Artifacts and Genealogy

[A]  RT: 7 Easy Ways to Save Your Memories

[A]  RT: How to Preserve Family Heirlooms from Environmental Damage

[A]  RT: How to Handle Family Heirlooms

[A]  RT: How to Store Heirloom Papers and Digital Copies

[A]  TH: Tips for Salvaging Flood & Water Damaged Photos

[A]  TH: Preserve and Protect Family Heirlooms and Treasures

[A]  TH: Preserving the Past; How to Care For and Protect Old Photographs

Digital Backups and Archives

[V]  BYU: Can You Afford to Lose all your Genealogy? Backing it Up (59:16)

[A]  BYU: Back Up Your Data Now or Cry

[A]  FS: 3 Keys to a Great Photo Backup Plan

[A]  Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving


[V]  BYU: Scanning Basics—Before You Start (39:25)

[V]  BYU: Photo Organizing (12:30)

[A]  RIV: Adding Photos to Family Tree

[A]  MH: The Power of Photos

[A]  FS: Changing to and from Photos and Documents

[A]  AC: Organizing and Preserving a Family Photo Collection

[A]  TH: How to Label Your Digital Photographs


[V]  AC: Interviewing Family—Tips (scroll down) (50:00)

[A]  GC: Topics and Questions for Oral Histories

[A]  GC: Organizing Oral History Information

[A]  FE: Steps to a Successful Interview

[A]  Family History Questions You May Not Have Thought to Ask

[A]  AR: Family History Interviews; FAQ

[A]  150 Questions to Ask Family Members about Their Lives

[A]  FMP: Oral History for the Family Historian, Part I

[A]  FMP: Oral history for the family historian, part II

[A]  FMP: Oral History for the Family Historian, Part III: Interpreting oral history interviews

[A]  LT: 9 Tips for Interviewing Relatives

[A]  LT: The Importance of Oral Histories


[V]  FS: Gathering Family Stories—Ancestors (25:00)

[A]  FTM: 16 Things to Write Down about Yourself

[A]  LDS: Going Beyond Just Names and Dates

[A]  RT: Tap into the Power of Your Family Stories

[A]  AR: Write Your Life Story

[A]  AR: Breathe Life Into Your Ancestor’s Story

[A]  AR: Plot Like a Pro: Three Simple Steps to Creating a Compelling Family History Narrative

[A]  AR: Writing the Story of Stories

[A]  AR: Why We Don’t Write, and How We Can

[A]  AR: Six More Ways to Find Your Family History Muse

[A]  RT: 10 Apps for Capturing and Sharing Your Family’s Story


[A]  RT: 3 Tips to Improve Your Journaling Habits

[A]  RT: 3 Ways to Keep a Digital Journal

[A]  RT: 5 Great Reasons to Keep a Journal

[A]  RT: Journals: A Source for Family History Discoveries


[V]  AC: Telling Your Family Stories (25:00)

[A]  RT: 3 Tips to Make You a Great Storyteller

[A]  RT: 7 Fantastic Storytelling Tools and Apps



[V]  AC: Descendancy Research (30:23)

[V]  BYU: Descendancy Research (53:41)

[A]  FS: Cousin Research

[A]  PZ: Puzzilla.org FAQs

[A]  PZ: Puzzilla.org Training

[A]  RIV: Descendancy Research

[A]  RIV: Finding Your Cousins

[A]  AC: Post-1940 Descendancy (31:55)

Research Basics


[V]  FS: Quick Start (3:30)

[V]  GE: Ready, Set, Go (61:00)

[V]  FS: Beginning Research Techniques—68:00

[V]  BYU: Research—How Do I Do It? (60:49)

[V]  FS: Genealogy Boot Camp (27:00)

[V]  AC: Make a Key Find in 15 Minute or less (56:00)

[V]  BYU: How to Get Started: Q & A (26:37)

[V]  BYU: Jumpstart Your Family History in Ten Steps (63:12)

[V]  BYU: Learning to Love Family History…Research! (63:25)

[A]  Top 10 Tips for Starting Your Family History

[A]  FE: Beginning Your Genealogical Search

[A]  AR: Ten Tips To Maximize Your Research Time

[A]  FS: How to Guess Where to Start

[A]  AC: Teasing the Truth from a Family Legend


[V]  Organizing Genealogy Files

[V]  Organize Your Records (4:37)

[V]  BYU: The Timeline Grid: An Easy Way to Track, Organize, and Use Your Research (54:32)

[V]  BYU: Genealogy Organization Ideas (9:00)

[V]  BYU: Organization for the Disorganized Genealogist (61:00)

[A]  How to Organize Your Genealogy Stuff

[A]  GC: Organizing Your Research

[A]  Organize Your Research

[A]  FS: Organize Your Genealogy

[A]  TH: Organizing Your Genealogy Files

[A]  How to Organize Your Genealogical Digital Files

[A]  Folders or Binders? Organize Your Family History

[A]  TH: Numbering Your Family Tree

[A]  Four Tried and True Systems for Organizing Genealogy Research

[A]  AC: Organizing Your Genealogy Research in the New Year

[A]  Organizing and Storage Tips for Your Genealogy Research

[A]  FE: Filing Systems for Genealogy

[A]  MH: Genealogy tips: Organizing Family History Research

[A]  GC: Organizing Those Documents and Photos

[A]  BW: Organize Your Data

[A]  AR: Get Organized; Basic Forms For Beginning Genealogists

[A]  RT: Genealogy 101 | Getting Organized

[A]  How to Organize Your Family History

[A]  TH: Organize Your Digital Genealogy Files

[A]  TH: Staying Organized

[A]  FTM: Tips From the Pros: Baby Steps to Organize Your Genealogy

[A]  FTM: 8 Habits of Highly Organized Genealogists

Notes and Logs

[V]  GE: Genealogy Research Log (13:00)

[V]  FS: Research Logs, Part 1 (21:31)

[V]  FS: Research Logs, Part 2 (23:57)

[V]  GE: Securing Your Genealogy (19:00)

[V]  FS: Write It Down (4:58)

[A]  FE: Recording Names and Places

[A]  FS: Research Logs

Record Types

[V]  FS: Access to Records on FamilySearch (2:43)

[V]  FS: Records at Risk (26:00)

[A]  FS: Options and Tips for Searching Historical Records

[A]  FS: Using Authorities Lists

[A]  LDS: Limits of Historical Records

[A]  LDS: Limitations of Record Indexes

[A]  AC: Ten Places You Didn’t Think to Look

[A]  AR: Genealogy Research vs. Privacy Restrictions



[V]  FS: I Want to Learn More about Sourcing (4:24)

[V]  AC: Sourcing Vital Records (26:00)

[V]  AC: Sourcing Information Not on Ancestry (28:00)

[A]  GC: The Value of Documentation

[A]  LDS: Why Do We Add Sources?

[A]  FMP: What you need to know about original and derivative sources


[V]  BYU: Copyright Essentials for Genealogists (51:39)

[V]  BYU: Legal Notices for Genealogists (64:12)

[V]  AC: Ethical Considerations (25:44)

[A]  Genealogy and the Law

[A]  TH: Can I Legally Use Online Photos in my Family History?


[V]  Adding Sources in FamilySearch Family Tree

[V]  FS: How to Link Unindexed Records to FamilySearch (10:00)

[V]  BYU: Adding Sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree (57:45)

[A]  FS Blog: How to Add Sources


[V]  FS: Citing Sources (22:00)

[V]  AC: Crafting Source Citations (27:00)

[V]  BYU: Adding Source Citations with Online Apps (54:16)

[A]  TH: Verifying Online Genealogy Sources

[A]  TH: How to Cite Genealogy Sources

[A]  BW: Writing Full Citations

[A]  GC: Citing Sources

[A]  RT: How to Create Source Citations for Genealogy Research

[A]  BW: Write Full Citations for Your Sources

[A]  RT: 5 Steps to Writing the Perfect Genealogical Source Citation

[A]  LT: The Humble Citation: Vital and Invaluable



[V]  FS: Evidence Analysis, Part 1 (37:00)

[V]  FS: Evidence Analysis, Part 2 (27:00)

[V]  AC: Negative Evidence (30:50)

[V]  AC: Evaluating Sources (29:00)

[V]  AC: Reasonably Exhaustive Searches (29:00)

[V]  AC: Searching vs. Researching (27:30)

[A]  TH: Evidence or Proof?

[A]  AR: Where Is Your Proof?

[A]  TH: Analyzing a Historical Document

[A]  FE: Transcribing and Summarizing Genealogical Documents

[A]  BW: Correlate Evidence

[A]  BW: Evidence Analysis

[A]  FHD: Are You Sure They’re Your Ancestors?

[A]  RT: 5 Steps to Proving an Ancestor Is Related to You

[A]  FTM: 10 Rules for Accepting (or Rejecting) Online Family Tree Hints

[A]  FMP: Understanding the Genealogical Proof Standard


[V]  AC: Which Source Do I Believe? (29:00)

[V]  AC: Resolving Conflicting Evidence (23:00)

[A]  FE: When the Information Doesn’t Agree

[A]  LT: 2 Guidelines for Resolving Conflicting Information in Sources


[V]  BYU: What’s Behind “Show All Changes” (30:03)

[V]  BYU: Untangling Difficulties in the FamilySearch Family Tree (58:55)

[V]  BYU: Finding and Merging Duplicate Records in Family Tree (58:55)

[V]  BYU: Family Tree Cleanup Case Study 1: Untangling Wesley Jackson’s Family (49:06)

[V]  BYU: Family Tree Cleanup Case Study 2: Connecting and Correcting the Holtby Family (47:33)

[V]  BYU: Handling the Changes Made to the FamilySearch Family Tree (60:38)

[A]  FS: Deleting a Person’s Record from Family Tree

[A]  RIV: Fixing a Looping Pedigree

[A]  FS: Restoring a Deleted Record for a Person

[A]  FS: Reducing Improper Changes to Records in Family Tree

[A]  AR: Understanding and Overcoming Errors In Genealogy Records


[V]  AC: Corrections and Comments (16:00)

[V]  AC: Trimming the Family Tree (33:39)

[V]  AC: Correcting Mistakes in the Tree (31:59)

[V]  AC: Clean Up Your Tree (23:34)

Research Strategies

Basic Approaches

[V]  AC: Family History Focus (34:23)

[V]  BYU: Using the Internet in Research (28:00)

[V]  AC: Connecting Internet Finds (24:00)

[V]  AC: Getting the Most out of Limited Research Time (19:06)

[V]  FS: Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records Collection (43:28)

[V]  BYU: When the Baby was Born, the Mother was There, and other Research Rules (59:08)

[A]  FMP: A Fresh Start for Your American Family History

[A]  Prior Family History Research within the Family

[A]  FS: Tips and Tactics

[A]  GC: Preparing for Outside Research

[A]  FMP: Who? What? Where? When? Why? Developing Research Strategies

[A]  GC: Concentrate on the Facts

[A]  LDS: 6 Basic Rules of Genealogy

[A]  FE: Approximating Family History Dates

[A]  GIT: 10 Effective Strategies

[A]  FHD: The 12 Important Genealogy Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

[A]  RT: 3 Ways to Improve Your Research Skills From Home

[A]  GIT: Getting Started Researching Your Family History

[A]  TH: Beginning Research Techniques

[A]  MH: Children Can’t be Born Before Their Parents: A common-sense guide for genealogical beginners

[A]  FMP: 10 Quick Research Tasks for the Busy Family Historian

[A]  FMP: How to search for your ancestors on Findmypast

[A]  FMP: 5 different ways to find your family

Next Steps

[V]  BYU—Researching in Depth (66:59)

[V]  FS: Inferential Genealogy (120:00)

[V]  AR: Finding Ancestor Origins (18:16)

[V]  FS: Rubik’s Cube—A New Twist … Name, Time, Place Coordinates (44:16)

[V]  AC: Favorite Resources of Pros (22:00)

[A]  Genealogy Again: Breathing New Life in Your Family Research

[A]  LDS: Moving Research Skills to the Next Level

[A]  FHD: 5 Uncommon Places to Find Your Ancestors’ Missing Parents

[A]  TH: Dangerous Dates

[A]  GIT: Simple Ways to Improve Your Genealogy Productivity

[A]  FS: Using the Family History Library Catalog Effectively

[A]  RIV: Search Tools in Family Tree


Basic Searches

[V]  FS: Record Search Tips on FamilySearch (3:26)

[V]  AC: Stop Searching, Start Browsing (21:02)

[V]  AC: Maximizing Your Search Time (29:20)

[V]  BYU: Getting the Most from the Search Function on FamilySearch (48:29)

[V]  FS: Tips and Tricks Using FamilySearch Historical Records Collections (52:32)

[V]  AC: Using Exact Search (5:21)

[A]  BYU: Online Research Basics (57:15)

[A]  AC: Printing Record Information

[A]  FS: Restrictions on Viewing Images in Record | DE   ES   IT   PT   JA  

[A]  GC: Finding Birth Dates

[A]  TH: Ten Web Search Tricks

[A]  How to Get the Best Results from FamilySearch

[A]  FTM: Why Your Online Genealogy Searches Don’t Work

[A]  LDS: Widen Your Search

[A]  GIT: Guide to Performing Online Genealogy Searches

[A]  AC: Searching by Location

[A]  AC: Uploading Records to Ancestry

[A]  AC: Correcting a Record

[A]  AC: How to Search Ancestry


[V]  AC: Corrections and Comments (16:00)

[V]  AC: Trimming the Family Tree (33:39)

[V]  AC: Correcting Mistakes in the Tree (31:59)

[V]  AC: Clean Up Your Tree (23:34)

Searching: Next Steps

[V]  FS: Completing Your Research (3:03)

[V]  AC: Finding Ancestors before 1850 (60:00)

[V]  AC: Missing Records (26:27)

[A]  AC: Smarter Searching

[A]  AC: Why You Can’t Find Your Ancestors

[A]  TH: Tips for Finding Ancestors in Databases

[A]  FHD: 6 Tips for More Effective Genealogy Searches

[A]  FMP: 5 ways to sharpen up your online search skills

Wildcards and Soundex

[V]  BYU: Getting Better Search Results with Wildcards (22:58)

[A]  FMP: Maximize Search Returns with Wildcards

[A]  FHD: 6 Tips for Searching with Wild Cards

[A]  AC: Searching with Soundex

[A]  GIT: What is Soundex, and How Does Soundex Work?

Google Searches

[V]  AC: Googling Family History (20:00)

[V]  BYU: Google Searches at Warp Speed and Accuracy (62:00)

[V]  BYU: Using the Google Goldmine for Genealogy (62:00)

[V]  BYU: Beyond Google with Search Engines and Portals (57:00)

[A]  RIV: Google

[A]  TH: 25 Google Search Tips for Genealogists

[A]  LT: Google Searching Tips for Genealogists

Names and Spelling

[V]  FS: Using Name Variations to Find a Record (3:18)

[V]  AC: Spelling Doesn’t Count (25:00)

[V]  AC: Same Name, Different Man (29:00)

[A]  FE: What’s in a Name?

[A]  GM: Surnames Sound a Challenge for Researchers

[A]  LDS: Considering Name Spellings

[A]  OT: Finding an Ancestor whose Surname Changed

[A]  OT: What’s in a Name?

[A]  FHD: New Surname Search Helps You Easily Research Last Names in Your Tree

[A]  RT: What’s in a Surname?

[A]  RT: What Is a Surname Distribution Map?

[A]  LT: The Challenge of Dealing with Aliases in Genealogy Research

[A]  GIT: First Name Abbreviations

[A]  TH: How to Properly Record Names in Genealogy

[A]  AC: Searching with Spelling Variations

[A]  MH: Nicknames: Family History Research Tips

[A]  FMP: What is a One Name Study?

Female Names

[V]  AC: Finding Maiden Names (19:00)

[V]  AC: Finding Female Ancestors—scroll down (60:00)

[A]  RT: Ever Wonder Why It’s So Hard to Trace Your Female Ancestry?

[A]  RT: Where to Look to Find Your Female Ancestors

[A]  FMP: Tips for Tracing Female Ancestors

[A]  AR: Five Ways to Find Your Female Ancestors

[A]  AR: Five Strategies For Finding Forgotten Females

[A]  FHD: Having Trouble Researching Your Female Ancestors?

[A]  7 FHD: Little-Used Tricks for Finding That Missing Maiden Name

[A]  GC: Finding Female Ancestors and Maiden Names

[A]  TH: Placing Your Female Ancestors in Historical Context

[A]  LT: 5 Tips for Finding Female Ancestors

Research Techniques

Solving Problems

[A]  TH: Think Like a Detective

[A]  How to Use Cluster Research to Find Those Hidden Ancestors

[A]  LDS: Finding an Elusive Ancestor

[A]  BW: Extracting Documents

[A]  3 Effective Ways to Jumpstart Your Genealogy Research

[A]  What Is Forensic Genealogy?

[A]  TH: Getting the Date Right

[A]  FTM: Ways to Solve Genealogy Problems With Cluster Research

[A]  LT: Common Obstacles Found in Genealogy Records and How to Overcome Them

[A]  LT: Using the FAN Club Principle

Photos for Research

[V]  AC: Using Old Photos (3:38)

[A]  FMP: 30 Tips for Using Family Photos for Genealogy

[A]  FMP: How to Use Old Family Photos to Build Your Tree

[A]  FMP: A face to the name; How to Find Photos of Your Ancestors

[A]  FMP: Key clues to identifying photos

Brick Walls

[V]  FS: Finding Challenging Information (3:43)

[V]  AC: Five Reasons You Are Not Finding Your Ancestor (29:23)

[V]  AC: Quick Tips for Breaking through Your Genealogy Brick Walls (14:59)

[V]  AC: Busting Family History Brick Walls (3:50)

[V]  BYU: Answers Hiding in Plain Sight (50:00)

[V]  BYU: The Ultimate Genealogical Brick Wall Buster (69:05)

[A]  GIT: 50 Best Brick Wall Solutions, Part 2

[A]  GIT: More Great Brick Wall Solutions, Part 1

[A]  GIT: 50 Best Brick Wall Solutions, Part 1

[A]  TH: Brick Wall Strategies for Locating Your Ancestors

[A]  GIT: More Great Brick Wall Solutions, Part 2

[A]  AR: Building a Case With Your Genealogy

[A]  AR: Tips for Removing Stubborn Genealogy Research Blockers

[A]  AR: Follow The Breadcrumbs On and Offline

[A]  AR: Tips To Help You Find Seemingly “Lost” Ancestors

[A]  FHD: In a Genealogy Research Slump? 10 Fast Ways to Overcome it Right Now

[A]  FTM: Can’t Find Your Ancestor? Genealogy Experts Suggest These 6 Tips

[A]  AC: Brick Wall Solutions

[A]  FMP: What To Do When You’re Stuck

[A]  FMP: 15 Tips for Breaking Down Brick Walls

Research Resources

Catalogs and Books

[V]  BYU: Digital Books for Genealogists (53:22)

[V]  BYU: Directories, Biographies, Surname Books and More (56:24)

[A]  FS: Using the FamilySearch Catalog

[A]  FS: Accessing Online Family History Books   |   ES  

[A]  FMP: How to Use PERSI to Find Out Information About Your Ancestor’s Death

FamilySearch Wiki

[V]  FS: Wiki Help Part 1 of 6: Wiki Genealogy by Locality (4:33)

[V]  FS: FS: Wiki Help Part 2 of 6: Learning About Records With the Wiki (5:06)

[V]  FS: FS: Wiki Help Part 3 of 6: Research Strategies on the Wiki (4:03)

[V]  FS: FS: Wiki Help Part 4 of 6: Wiki Online Genealogy Records (5:18)

[V]  FS: FS: Wiki Help Part 5 of 6: Research Skills Lessons on the Wiki (4:15)

[V]  FS: FS: Wiki Help Part 6 of 6: Foreign Language Helps on the Wiki (3:12)

Family History Trips

[V]  FS: Planning and Implementing a Research Trip (53:32)

[A]  GC: Before Your Trip—Doing Your Homework

[A]  FE: Mapping Your Strategy for a Research Trip

[A]  AR: Planning a Fantastic Family History Research Trip

[A]  AR: A Trip To Bountiful – Genealogy Research

[A]  AR: Planning a Genealogy Research Trip

[A]  RT: Google and Maps for Genealogists; Tracking Where You’ve Been

[A]  RT: Google and Apps for Genealogists: Tracking Where To Go

[A]  RT: Making the Most of Genealogy Research Trips with Mobile Apps and Maps

[A]  GC: Packing for a Genealogical Journey

[A]  LT: How to Prepare for a Family History Trip


Indexing: Basics

V  FS: Indexing is Vital for Research—second video (5:00)

[V]  BYU: Indexing in FamilySearch (8:01)

[A]  RIV: Web Indexing

[A]  FS: Introduction to Indexing

Indexing: Tips

[A]  FS: Indexing Obituaries and Death Notices

[A]  FS: Indexing FAQs

[A]  FS: 3 Tips for Becoming a Better Indexer

[A]  FS: Future Collections   |   PT  

Indexing: Handwriting

[V]  AC: More Tips and Tricks for Paleography (20:30)

[A]  AC: Tips for Reading Old Handwriting

[A]  GC: Guidelines for Reading Old Documents

[A]  LT: Five Tips for Deciphering Old Handwriting

[A]  TH: Reading and Understanding Old Documents and Handwriting

[A]  GIT: How to Read Old Handwriting

[A]  Deciphering Old Handwriting

[A]  BW: Study Handwriting

[A]  Tips for reading handwritten documents

[A]  FHD: Need Help Deciphering Old Genealogy Documents?

[A]  GC: Tips for Reading Handwriting

[A]  FMP: Paleography and hard to read records


Get Help

[V]  AC: How to Use Collaboration (26:00)

[V]  AC: Increasing Family History Collaboration (32:08)

[A]  GC: Involving Family in Your Research

[A]  GC: Finding Others Researching Your Family Names

[A]  AR: How To Collaborate With Other Genealogists

[A]  RT: Crowdsourcing Your Family History

[A]  TH: Genealogy by Mail

[A]  AC: Getting Started, Lesson 4: Collaboration

[A]  AC: Family History Collaboration


[V]  AC: Sharing Family History (30:00)

[V]  AA: Sharing Your Family History (61:29)

[A]  FS: 3 Tips for Family History at Your Next Reunion

[A]  FS: 10 Steps to Writing an Engaging Family History

[A]  FHD: Stop Researching and Start Writing Your Family History Book

[A]  RT: 5 Ways to Give the Gift of Family History

[A]  TH: 5 Great Ways to Share Your Family History

[A]  AC: Collaboration and Sharing


[A]  GC: Learning from Your Reunion

[A]  MH: 12 Steps to Creating the Perfect Family Reunion

[A]  FMP: Key clues to identifying photos

[A]  RT: Strengthening Family Bonds through Virtual Reunions



[V]  FS: Genealogy and Technology (24:00)

[A]  FS: Avoiding the Inevitable Crash

[A]  How to Choose the Best Genealogy Software

[A]  RT: Family History, Millennials, and the Power of the Phone

[A]  RT: 3 Ways to Use Your Smartphone for Family History

[A]  FS: Comparing the Family Tree and Memories Mobile Apps

Social Media

[V]  BYU: Blogging and Social Media for Genealogists (62:52)

[A]  FTW: The Google Genealogist (11:00)

[A]  Using Pinterest for Genealogy

[A]  Is Genealogy Blogging Dead?

[A]  RT: Social Media, Webinars, Conferences, and More

[A]  RT: Lisa Louise Cooke; 3 Ways to Use Google for Genealogy

[A]  RT: 4 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Family History Efforts

[A]  LT: Why YOU Should Join a Facebook Genealogy Group



[V]  DNA Demystified (55:22)

[V]  The Story of You (2:01)

A/V  Genetic Genealogy Videos

[A]  Basics of DNA

[A]  Ancestry DNA FAQs

[A]  Answers to Common DNA Questions

[A]  RT: The Evolution of Genetic Genealogy

[A]  Genetic Genealogy Basics

[A]  Introduction to Using DNA for Genealogy

[A]  Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA

[A]  20 Do’s and Don’ts of DNA

Testing and Results (General)

[V]  The Science behind Ancestry DNA Ethnicity Results

[V]  DNA Testing for Genealogy (1:19)

[V]  DNA for Beginners: The Three Tests (54:05)

[V]  BYU: Can a DNA Test Help You Find Your Ancestors or Relatives? – Part 1 (41:44)

[V]  BYU: Can a DNA Test Help You Find Your Ancestors or Relatives? – Part 2 (10:09)

[A]  BW: Get More out of Your DNA Test Results

[A]  FE: Taking a DNA Test

[A]  FS: What Can DNA Testing Do?

[A]  FTM: How to Handle Surprises in Your DNA (Results)

[A]  TH: DNA Tests Available for Genealogy

[A]  8 Best Testing Kits

[A]  TH: How to Use DNA Testing to Trace Your Family Tree

[A]  LT: Understanding DNA Testing

[A]  LT: Chromosome Browsers for Genealogy: What Are They and Why Are They Useful?

[A]  What types of DNA tests are available?

[A]  Which DNA testing company should I use?

[A]  5 Tips for an Adoption-Related Search

DNA Types

[A]  atDNA: Finding Matches on All Ancestral Lines

[A]  LT: Introduction to Autosomal DNA Coverage

[A]  LT: Exploring Ethnicity with DNA, Part II: Autosomal Testing

[A]  LT: Mitochondrial DNA: Connecting Generations

[A]  mtDNA: the Direct Maternal Line

[A]  TH: mtDNA Testing for Genealogy

[A]  X-DNA’s Helpful Inheritance Patterns

[V]  FS: YDNA Solutions to Common Genealogical Problems? (28:40)

[A]  TH: Why Does my Y-DNA Test Match Men With a Different Surname?

[A]  Y-DNA: the Direct Paternal Line

Ancestry Testing

[A]  AC: Accessing Multiple DNA Tests

[A]  AC: Assigning a Manager to Your DNA Test

[A]  AC: Taking a DNA Test

[A]  AC: Activating a DNA Test

[A]  AC: DNA Reference Panel

[A]  AC: DNA Lab Processing

[A]  AC: Y-DNA, mtDNA, and Autosomal DNA

[A]  AC: DNA Glossary of Terms

Ancestry Test Results

[V]  AC: More Tips for Identifying Genealogical Family (31:31)

[V]  AC: Possible Relationships (26:36)

[A]  AC: Unexpected Ethnicity Results

[A]  AC: DNA Status

[V]  AC: You Received Your DNA Test Results—Now What?, Part 2 (14:57)

[V]  AC: Why Is My Native American Ancestry Not Showing Up? (18:50)

[A]  AC: List of DNA Regions

[A]  AC: Linking DNA to a Tree

[A]  AC: About Raw DNA Data

[A]  AC: How DNA Circles Are Created

[A]  AC: AncestryDNA Matches

[A]  AC: Sharing DNA Results

[A]  AC: “Searching Matches’ Trees by Surname or Birth Location”

[A]  AC: Making the Most of your Ethnicity Estimate

[A]  AC: AncestryDNA Ethnicity

[A]  AC: Finding Biological Family

[A]  AC: DNA Match Categories

[A]  AC: DNA Genetic Communities: Migrations and Subregions

[A]  AC: Viewing all Ancestry DNA Regions

[A]  AC: Opting into or out of DNA Matches

U.S. Records and Locations


[V]  AC: Understanding More about the Records You Are Using (32:58)

[V]  AC: Occupations (34:00)

[A]  FMP: How to Use Apprentice Records for Genealogy Research

[A]  FMP: 5 Quick Tips to Get the Most Out of Education Records

[A]  FMP: How to Trace Your Professional Ancestors in Training

[A]  FS: Finding Original Records

[A]  FMP: How School Records Can Help You With Your Genealogy Research

Maps and Gazetteers

[V]  BYU: Understanding Maps (60:00)

[V]  BYU: Mapping Your Ancestors (56:25)

[V]  FS: Research Guides, Place Pages (17:43)

[V]  FS: Locate Where Your Ancestor Lived (3:36)

[V]  BYU: Locating Your Ancestors Exactly from Maps and Gazetteers (57:00)

[V]  BYU: Digging Deeper into Maps (66:05)

[V]  AC: Historical Maps (7:47)

[A]  Using Maps in Genealogy

[A]  FS: Using Maps in Research(needs Internet Explorer)

[A]  GC: Maps in Family Research

[A]  AR: Strategies for Finding Your Ancestral Town or Village

[A]  AR: Using Your Family History to Teach Mapping Skills to Kids

[A]  FHD: Google Maps Will Help You Learn More About Your Ancestors

[A]  RT: Where to Find Land Records and Maps Online

[A]  TH: Historical Map Overlays for Google Maps and Google Earth

Cities and Counties

[V]  AC: Getting Around Burned County Records (26:51)

[A]  LT: Dealing with Shifting County Boundaries

[A]  FE: Your Family’s Hometown

[A]  LDS—Using Distances and Travel Times in Research

[A]  FS: City Directories: More than Names and Addresses

[A]  FE: County Records and Genealogy

[A]  AR: Best Resources for Urban Research


[V]  City and County Directories (47:18)

[A]  AR: Directory Assistance; Discovering Ancestors in City Directories

[A]  AC: Searching City and Area Directories

[A]  FMP: 8 Tips for Using Directories for Your Genealogical Research

[A]  AC: City Directories

[A]  City Directory Abbreviations

[A]  GC: Using Directories for Genealogy

[A]  AC: 5 Tips for Getting the Most from City Directories

[A]  LDS: About New England Town Directories


[A]  AC: Creating Timelines that Produce Answers

[A]  Create a Timeline

[A]  Timelines and Your Family Tree


[V]  BYU: Digital Family and Locality Histories

[A]  RT: Popular Mobile Apps for Finding Local History

[A]  RT: 3 Websites for Finding Local History

[A]  RT: 3 Reasons Why You Should Know Your Local History

[A]  AC: Family History in Time and Place

[A]  TH: Resources for Researching Local History

U.S. Vital Records

Vital Records

[V]  BYU: Finding Birth, Marriage, and Death Records (22:31)

[V]  BYU: What Makes Vital Records So Vital (54:44)

[V]  FS: Vital Records (24:00)

[V]  BYU: Using First Level Genealogical Sources (62:16)

Birth and Adoption Records

[V]  AC: Can’t Find a Birth Record (30:00)

[A]  GC: Adoption Information

[A]  TH: Adoption Search – How to Find Your Birth Family

[A]  LT: Helping Adoptees find their Biological Family: a Case Study

Marriage Records

[V]  AC: Can’t Find a Marriage Record (30:00)

[V]  BYU: Common Law Marriage and Genealogy (50:17)

[A]  TH: Finding a Marriage Date or Location

[A]  GC: Marriage in the Modern Age

[A]  GIT: Look for Missing Marriages

[A]  GIT: Marriage and Age Differences

[A]  FMP: Get the most out of our U.S. marriage records

[A]  FMP: What every genealogist needs to know about American marriage records

Death Records

[V]  BYU: Digging Deep into Death Records (64:31)

[A]  LDS: Searching for Death Information

[A]  FE: Obituaries and Genealogy

[A]  AC: Using Death Records to Find Missing Children and Married Daughters

[A]  FHD: The “Secret” Codes on Death Certificates

[A]  FHD: The Important National Death Registers That Many Family Historians Miss

[A]  FTM: Nine Kinds of Ancestor Death Records You Should Look For


[V]  Using Cemetery Records to Uncover Unknown Ancestors (4:37)

[V]  Cemeteries Are Good Resources (6:31)

[V]  BYU: Using Online Maps to Locate Cemeteries (49:00)

[A]  FMP: How to Use the Billion Graves Index

[A]  FTM: 9 Things You Can Learn about Your Ancestors

[A]  FE: Researching Cemeteries on the Internet

[A]  GIT: A Simple Way to Read Old Tombstones

[A]  LT: Information Contained in Cemetery Records

[A]  AC: Finding and Visiting Ancestors in Cemeteries

[A]  FS: Cemetery Records

[A]  FMP: 9 Places to Find Information About Your Ancestor’s Death

[A]  FS: U.S. Church and Cemetery Records

[A]  AR: Digging Into Cemetery Research

[A]  FHD: A Gravesite Can Reveal Remarkable Details About Your Ancestor

[A]  RT: 5 Free Resources for Cemetery and Obituary Research

Visits and Photos

[V]  AC: Why Visiting a Cemetery Is a Good Idea (29:43)

[A]  FHD: Planning a Cemetery Visit? Dos and Don’ts to Read Before You Go

[A]  TH: Tips for Taking Great Cemetery Pictures

[A]  AR: 5 Tips on Getting Great Cemetery Photos

[A]  TH: Photo Gallery of Cemetery Symbols and Icons

[A]  TH: How To Do a Tombstone Rubbing

Social Security

[A]  AC: Social Security Death Index (4:30)

[A]  GC: Social Security Sleuthing

[A]  TH: Searching the SSDI

[A]  LT: The SS-5 and a Creative Approach to Uncover Redacted Info


U.S. Census

Census Records: Starting

[V]  FS: Beginning Census Research and Record Keeping (23:08)

[V]  FS: Census Records (24:00)

[V]  AA: Using the U.S. Federal Census (69:20)

[V]  FS: Federal Census (26:00) (uses Internet Explorer)

[V]  BYU: Making Cense of the Census (43:57)

[V]  FS: Census Tracking for Beginners (15:08)

[V]  More About Census Records (9:58)

[V]  AR: Finding Your Ancestors in the Census (16:55)

[V]  Tips and Tricks for Using Census Records (9:12)

[A]  Using the Census in Genealogy Research

[A]  FS: U.S. Census Records

[A]  FMP: Using Census Records for Family History

[A]  FMP: 5 Tips for Using Census Records

[A]  GC: Every Ten Years

[A]  FE: The Census and Genealogy

[A]  BW: Drill into Census Records

[A]  FHD: Using the Census to Find Ancestors: Beginner Genealogy

[A]  6 Tips for Developing a Census Research Strategy

[A]  AC: Overview of the U.S. Census

Census Records: Next Steps

[V]  AC: Beyond Names and Dates (26:00)

[V]  FS: Census and Military Records (17:00)

[V]  FS: Building a Probable Case by Census Tracking (16:00)

[V]  BYU: State Census Training (13:42)

[A]  FS: U.S. Census Record Secrets Revealed

[A]  GC: Secrets of the Census

[A]  AC: 5 Hidden Questions in the U.S. Federal Census

[A]  AC: Census Substitutes

[A]  FE: Evolution of the Census

[A]  FMP: 5 Tips for Searching Census Records

[A]  FMP: 10 Steps to Move Beyond the Census

[A]  FMP: Jump-start your family history using only US censuses

[A]  Reconstructing a Family Using 2 Numbers on the Census

[A]  AR: Handling US Census Conundrums, Inconsistencies And Discrepancies

[A]  AG: Census Schedules for Americans Overseas, 1900 to 1930

[A]  RT: 8 Strategies for Finding Missing Persons in the U.S. Federal Census

[A]  RT: 7 Ways to Avoid Commonly Made Mistakes When Using the U.S. Federal Census

[A]  AC: U.S. Census Facts

[A]  FMP: U.S. Federal Census Population Schedules-Giving Them a Second Look

[A]  FMP: Why It’s Worth Revisiting Census Records Even If You’re an Expert

[A]  FMP: How to Use Census Hints Like a Pro

[A]  AC: Census Indexes and Finding Aids

Census Records: By Decade

[V]  AC: 1940 Census, Tips and Tricks 2 (19:00)

[V]  AC: 1940 Census, Tips and Tricks 3 (27:00)

[V]  AC: You Found What in the 1940 Census? (75:56)

[A]  LDS: Where Do I Go from the 1940 Census?

[V]  FS: U.S. Census, 1930-1900

[V]  AC: Exploring the 1930 Census (20:00)

[V]  What Are You Missing in the 1920-1940 Censuses? (26:16)

[A]  FHD: The “Secret” Details in the 1940 Census You May Be Missing

[A]  FHD: RT: 1940 Census, General Information

[A]  AC: The 1940 U.S. Federal Census

[A]  AC: Abbreviations in the 1930 Census

[V]  AC: Census, 1920 (2:28)

[A]  AC: Five Steps Beyond the 1910 Census

[A]  GC: 1900 Census—The Missing Link

[V]  AC: The Missing 1890 Census (19:00)

[A]  AR: The Fate of the 1890 Population Census, Part 1

[A]  AR: The Fate of the 1890 Population Census, Part 2

[A]  FMP: How You Can Overcome the Tragically Lost 1890 Census

[A]  FHD: The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885

[V]  FS: Heads of Households before 1850 (10:00)

[V]  AC: Finding Ancestors Pre-1850 Census (2:55)

[A]  LT: Lesson in History: How Did We Get the 1790 U.S. Census?


Immigration: Starting

[V]  BYU TV: U.S. Immigration Records (24:25)

[V]  BYU: U.S. Immigration Records (16:01)

[V]  BYU: Emigration and Immigration Training (6:19)

[V]  BYU: Proven Ways to Find Your Immigrant Ancestors (55:10)

[A]  GC: Immigration into the United States

[A]  AC: Finding Immigration Records

[A]  FS: U.S. Emigration and Immigration

[A]  FMP: Looking for Citizenship Through Descent? Discover Your Immigrant Ancestor

[A]  FMP: 10 Tips to Help You Trace Your Immigrant Ancestor

[A]  FMP: Genealogy guide: Immigration records

[A]  FMP: A brief history of early US immigration policy

[A]  Research Guide – Immigration and Naturalization Records

[A]  LT: Tracing 20th Century Immigrant Ancestors

Immigration: Ellis Island and Ports

[V]  FS: Castle Garden Database (7:34)

[V]  BYU: The Paper Trail (25:09)

[V]  FS: Introduction to Ellis Island (12:59)

[V]  AC: Ellis Island Oral Histories

[A]  GIT: Ellis Island Immigration Facts

[A]  FHD: The 11 Million Free Immigration Records You May Have Completely Overlooked

[A]  Ellis Island Immigration Center

[A]  Using the Ellis Island Database

Passenger Lists

[V]  AC: Did They Really Come through New York?—(25:00)

[A]  LDS: Manifests and Passenger Lists

[A]  AC: 10 Things to Know: Passenger Lists

[A]  FS: I Have the Name of the Ship and the Year …

[A]  OT: Immigration to the U.S after 1820

[A]  AR: Extracting More From Immigrant Passenger Lists

[A]  FMP: Your ancestor’s epic journey to foreign shores: Passenger lists on Findmypast

Next Steps

[V]  FS: European Sources (10:00)

[V]  FS: Religious Migration, Part 1 (24:11)

[V]  FS: Religious Migration, Part 2 (24:09)

[V]  FS: Religious Migration, Part 3 (12:56)

[V]  FS: Colonial Immigration (53:00)(needs Internet Explorer)

[V]  AC: Discovering Your Colonial Ancestor (29:16)

[V]  AC: Late 19th-Century Ancestors (11:00)

[V]  FS: Early 20th-Century Immigration (33:00)

[A]  GC: Immigrant Name Changes

[A]  FE: Effect of Immigration on Surnames

[A]  GC: Major Ports of Exit and Entry

[A]  LDS: Border Crossings and Other Records


[V]  FS: U.S. Naturalization Records

[V]  BYU: Understanding Naturalization for Genealogists (57:49)

[A]  FS: Navigating U.S. Naturalization Records

[A]  LDS: Naturalization Records

Military Records

U.S. Military Records

[V]  FS: Basic U.S. Military Records (26:00) (needs Internet Explorer)

[V]  FS: Military Records (24:00)

[V]  FS: Pre-WWI Military Pension Applications (16:00)

[V]  Pension Records (8:48)

[V]  AC: Discovering Our Veterans (24:00)

[V]  BYU: Discover Your Ancestors in Military Records (47:44)

[V]  AC: U.S. Military Pension Files (7:55)

[V]  BYU: Making the Most of Fold3 (49:09)

[A]  FMP: Techniques for Finding Your Military Ancestor

[A]  FE: Genealogy Research and Military Records

[A]  LT: 5 Great Records About Your Military Ancestor

[A]  LT: When Pension Files are Treasure Troves

[A]  AC: Tips for Finding Military Records

[A]  AR: Remembering Fallen Service Members

[A]  AR: Finding and Using Military Bounty Land Records

[A]  AR: Your Ancestor’s Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do?

[A]  AG: Women Workers in Wartime

[A]  AG: Records at the National Archives Relating to Military Service

[A]  FHD: AG: Records at the Find Their Burial Records Here

[A]  FHD: 9 Free Military and War Related Record Collections for Genealogy

[A]  FTM: Three New Ways to Learn About Your Ancestor’s Military Service

[A]  FMP: 3 Ways to Trace Wartime Ancestors

[A]  FMP: How to Find Your Female Ancestors in Military Records

[A]  FMP: 11 Tips for Finding Your Military Ancestor

[A]  FMP: Techniques for Finding Your Military Ancestor

[A]  6 Military Records For Genealogy That You Might Not Know About

Revolutionary War

[V]  FS: Revolutionary War Genealogy Research (43:00) (uses Internet Explorer)

[V]  AC: Understanding SAR/DAR Applications in Genealogy (28:04)

[V]  AC: Colonial Americans, Not Patriots (28:00)

[V]  AC: Using SAR Applications (4:51)

[V]  BYU: Revolutionary War Records, Patriots to Hessians (59:38)

[A]  TH: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor

[A]  AG: Using Revolutionary War Pension Files to Find Family Information

[A]  TH: How to Research Loyalist Ancestors

[A]  GC: Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants

[A]  FMP: Guide to Searching American Revolution Ancestors

War of 1812

[V]  AC: War of 1812 (25:41)

[A]  AR: Researching War Of 1812 Veterans

[A]  AR: Researching Your 1812 Impressed Seamen

[A]  FHD: War of 1812 Pension Records: Preservation Effort and Free Access

Civil War

[V]  FS: Civil War Genealogical Research (57:00) (needs Internet Explorer)

[V]  Civil War Compiled Service Records (5:20)

[V]  AC: Civil War tips from the researchers of “Who Do You Think You Are? (3:37)

[V]  AC: Discovering Civil War Roots (21:14)

[V]  Your Civil War Ancestors: Beginning Your Research (15:00)

[V]  FS: Civil War Records (35:00)

[V]  BYU: Researching Civil War Records (15:45)

[A]  AG: Army Chaplains in the Civil War

[A]  TH: Researching Civil War Ancestors

[A]  FE: Civil War Records and Genealogy

[A]  AC: Find Your Civil War Ancestor

[A]  LT: Civil War Pension Files Research Tips

[A]  10 Sources for Civil War Burials

[A]  AR: Finding the Regiment: The Key to Researching Your Civil War Ancestor

[A]  AR: Civil War Unit Structures; A Basic Breakdown

[A]  AR: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

[A]  AR: Researching African American Soldiers of the Civil War

World War I

[V]  FMP: Tracing WWI Ancestors (39:56)

[V]  WW-I Draft Cards (6:27)

[V]  AC: Lack of WWI Records (5:08)

[A]  AC: Using WW-I Draft Records to Trace Your Ancestors

[A]  AR: 12 Resources for Researching WWI Overseas Marriages

[A]  FTM: 6 Records to Trace Ancestors Who Served in World War I

[A]  AC: World War I Records

[A]  FMP: Discovering your World War I family history

[A]  FMP: Finding your relatives in our WWI Draft Registration Cards

World War II

[V]  AC: WW-II Draft Cards (14:00)

[V]  7 Important Genealogical Hints from WW I & WW II Registration Cards (14:00)

[A]  FMP: WW-II Enlistment Records

[A]  FMP: Military Service and Conflict

[A]  AC: Researching Women in World War II

[A]  World War II Case Study

[A]  AR: The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part I

[A]  AR: The Graves Registration Service in World War II: Part II

[A]  AR: Women of World War II

[A]  FMP: Guide to Locating WW2 Ancestors

[A]  FMP: Tracing the lives of women during World War 2

[A]  FMP: Vietnam War Deaths records shine a light on Fallen Soldiers

Other U.S. Records

Church Records

[V]  FS: Researching Church Records in the U.S. (8:12)

[V]  FS: Church Records in Genealogy (13:00)

[A]  FS: United States Church Records

[A]  FMP: Finding Ancestors in Our North American Church Records

[A]  LT: Faith of our Fathers: Using Religious Records in Genealogical Research


[V]  FS: Catholic Records in North America and Europe (46:25)

[A]  FMP: A Guide to Understanding Catholic Records

[A]  FMP: Your Catholic Heritage Archive Questions, Answered

[A]  FMP: How to Make Connections Across Oceans with the Catholic Heritage Archive

[V]  How to Research Your Quaker Ancestry (6:23)

[A]  AA: Quaker Guide

Wills and Probate

[V]  AC: Finding Probate Records that Are Not Indexed (6:40)

[V]  BYU: Probate Records (24:24)

[V]  BYU: Nine-Part Probate Series

1: In the Beginning (17:31)
2: Wills (16:49)
3: Wording of Wills (8:10)
4: What is Probate? (8:53)
5: What Are Probate Procedures (13:29)
6: Finding Probate Documents (15:51)
7: Example of a Probate File (16:47)
8: Trusts (11:22)
9: What Happens … (16:03)

[A]  The Difference Between Wills and Probate Documents

[A]  FE: Deciphering a Family Deed

[A]  AC: 5 Things You Should Know about the Probate Collection

[A]  LDS: Locating Probate Records

[A]  AC: Guardianship, a Misunderstood Probate Term

[A]  AC: Finding Children When There Is No Will

[A]  AC: Exploring Probate Records County by County

[A]  5 Things to Know about your Ancestor’s Probate

[A]  AR: Probate Records; A Gift Many Genealogists Fail to Open

[A]  LT: More Than Just Wills: The Parts of Probate

Court Records

[V]  FS: U.S. Courthouse Research (25:00)

[V]  FS: U.S. Court Records (54:23)

[V]  BYU: Anatomy of a Court Case for Genealogists (64:19)

[A]  GC: Using Court Records for Genealogy

[A]  FE: Searching in a Courthouse

[A]  GC: Court Records—Finding Your Ancestors

[A]  FE: Finding Courthouse Records on the Internet

[A]  Voting Created Some Fascinating Genealogy Records

[A]  LT: Don’t Leave the Courthouse Just Yet!


[V]  AC: Convicts and Criminals (29:00)

[V]  AC: Black Sheep Ancestors (33:00)

[V]  BYU: What If Your Ancestor Was a Criminal? (54:23)

[A]  TH: Historical U.S. Prison Records


[V]  AC: Historical Newspapers (2:33)

[V]  FS: Using Historical Newspapers, Part 1 (16:51)

[V]  FS: Using Historical Newspapers, Part 2 (12:09)

[V]  FS: Using Historical Newspapers, Part 3 (27:05)

[V]  AC: Using Newspapers on Ancestry (30:22)

[V]  FS: World of Periodicals (11:00)

[V]  FS: Using Genealogy Bank.com (19:52)

[V]  BYU: Online Digital Newspaper Sources (43:11)

[V]  BYU: NewspaperArchive and Newspapers.com (11:44)

[V]  Newspaper Research (24:46)

[V]  Newspaper Research Strategies Using MyHeritage (43:00)

[A]  FMP: Searching Newspaper Archives on Findmypast.com

[A]  FS: Discover Hidden Treasures in U.S. Newspapers

[A]  RIV: What’s New about News

[A]  FE: Genealogical Research: Newspapers

[A]  FE: Newspaper Notices and Genealogical Research

[A]  FS: Explore Ancestors’ Lives in Newspapers

[A]  GIT: Searching Historic Small-Town Newspapers

[A]  LDS: Expanding Your Newspaper Search

[A]  AR: Finding Newspapers; Digitized, Microfilmed and Indexed

[A]  FHD: Search 10 Million Free Newspaper Pages for Your Ancestors

[A]  FHD: This Revealing Newspaper Section

[A]  FTM: Your Source for Understanding Historical Newspapers

[A]  FMP: Using the US newspaper collection on Findmypast

[A]  FMP: Using newspapers to replace, complement or locate BMD records

[A]  FMP: How to Find Your Female Ancestors Using Newspapers

[A]  FMP: Searching For Criminal Ancestors In Historic Newspapers

[A]  FMP: Using newspapers to understand how your ancestors contributed to history

[A]  FS: Great Web Tools for Searching Historic Newspapers

[A]  FMP: The Seven Wonders of Historic Newspapers

[A]  AC: How to Find Newspapers

[A]  LT: Denied Access to a Vital Record? Try the Newspaper!

Archives and Libraries

[V]  AC: World Memory Project (17:00)

[V]  AC: Searching on Archives.com

[V]  FS: Congressional Records (12:00)

[V]  AC: Using the Card Catalog (34:00)

[A]  LT: The National Archives of the United States

[A]  AR: Finding Genealogy in Library Catalogs

[A]  FS: United States Biographies

[A]  GC: Finding Your Way through the National Archives

[A]  FS: How to Find More at a Genealogy Library

[A]  FE: Libraries for Genealogical Research

[A]  TH: Genealogy Research at Courthouses, Archives, or Libraries

[A]  LT: The Family History Library

[A]  AC: Don’t Suffer from Library Anxiety

[A]  AR: Getting The Answers You Need From Government Agencies, Archives and Libraries

[A]  AR: Getting The Navigating School Archives

[A]  AR: Family History Research At University Libraries

[A]  AR: Accessing Family Treasures In the National Archives

[A]  AR: Genealogy Research In Special Collections

[A]  AR: Genealogy Resources At The Public Library

[A]  AR: Finding Family History in Manuscript Collections

[A]  RT: Archival Terminology for Beginners

[A]  RT: How to Expand Your Research beyond the Internet

[A]  National Archives, Libraries, Historical and Genealogical Societies

[A]  LT: Public Libraries: Local Treasures for Genealogy Research




[V]  AC: Canadian Family History (29:56)

[V]  AC: 1921 Canadian Census (37:00)

[V]  AC: Canada’s Greatest Family History Resource (3:37)

[A]  Resource Guide to Canadian Genealogy

[A]  GC: Canadian Records and Resources

[A]  AC: Finding Your Canadian Ancestors

[A]  MH: They Came to Canada

[A]  Canadian Census and Naturalization Records

[A]  FMP: Canadian Censuses on Findmypast



[V]  FS Wiki: 1-The Mexico Main Page (5:08)

[V]  FS Wiki: 2-Identifying Your Ancestor in Mexico with Home Records (5:29)

[V]  FS Wiki: 3-Identifying Your Ancestor in Mexico with U.S. Records (5:33)

[V]  FS Wiki: 4-U. S. Immigration and Citizenship Records (5:10)

[V]  FS Wiki: 5-Mexico Wiki State Pages (5:14)

[V]  FS Wiki: 6-Reading Mexican Records in Spanish (4:43)

[V]  FS Wiki: 7-Mexico Civil Registration (6:09)

[V]  FS Wiki: 8-A Mexico Civil Registration Case Study (6:11)

[V]  FS Wiki: 9-Mexico Church Records (5:55)

[V]  FS Wiki: 10-A Mexico Church Records Case Study (5:49)

[V]  FS Wiki: 11-Writing for Records in Spanish (4:38)

[A]  RT: 3 Tips for Finding and Understanding Online Mexican Records


[V]  FS: Reading Dates and Latin Words (25:00)

[V]  FS: British Resources on FamilySearch, Part 1 (27:07)

[V]  FS: British Resources on FamilySearch, Part 2 (29:13)

[V]  FS: British Resources on Ancestry, Part 1 (30:27)

[V]  FS: British Resources on Ancestry, Part 2 (26:48)

[V]  FS: British Resources on Findmypast (49:15)

[V]  AC: Pre-1800 British Research (33:39)

[V]  BYU: Finding Missing Children Using the GRO Site (29:39)

[V]  FS: Sources for Research, Pre-1837 (25:23)

[V]  FS: England Resources for Family History at Findmypast (78:12)

[V]  FS: England and Wales Civil Registration (59:33)

[A]  British Industrial History for Genealogy Research

[A]  BMD Records in England and Wales

[A]  Vital Records in the U.K.

[A]  GIT: Date Guide to English Genealogy, Part 1

[A]  GIT: Date Guide to English Genealogy, Part 2

[A]  RT: Important Records for British Research

[A]  GIT: Date Guide to English Genealogy, Part 3

[A]  FS: Welsh Naming Patterns

[A]  FMP: 5 UK Genealogy Brick Walls and How to Overcome Them

[A]  FMP: Common Latin Words for Genealogical Research

[A]  FMP: Search Guide, British Military Records

[A]  FMP: Understanding British naval service records

[A]  LT: Using Approximate Dates To Piece Together Your Family History in England

[A]  FMP: British and Irish Newspapers on Findmypast

[A]  LT: Intermediate Guide to English Genealogy Research

[A]  BYU: English Ancestors, Handwriting

Parishes and Churches

[V]  FS: The English Parish (30:00)

[V]  FS: The Parish Chest, Part 2 (31:50)

[V]  FS: The Parish Chest, Part 3 (22:04)

[V]  FS: England Parish Chest Records (68:30)

[V]  FS: Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry (56:28)

[V]  FMP: Understanding Parish Records (39:56)

[V]  BYU: Finding Ancestors Using FreeReg Parish Registers (32:31)

[A]  Parish Chest Records: England, Ireland, and Wales

[A]  FMP: Search Guide, Parish records

[A]  FMP: 15 Quick Tips for Searching Parish records

[A]  FMP: How to Search Parish Records

[A]  FMP: Parish Records and Bishop’s Transcripts

[A]  FMP: A Guide to Parish Records

[A]  LT: Unlocking the Genealogical Treasure of the Parish Chest

Land and Probate

[V]  FS: Probate Records—1858 to Now (12:00)

[V]  FS: Estate Duty 1 (10:00)

[V]  FS: Estate Duty 2 (15:00)

[V]  FS: Estate Duty 3 (20:00)

[V]  FS: Case Study—Using English Records (16:00)

[V]  FS: Livery Company Records, London (25:10)

[A]  Probate Records in England and Wales

[A]  FS: England Probate Records, Part 1

[A]  FS: England Probate Records, Part 2



[A]  Tracing Scottish Ancestry

[A]  Parish Chest Records in Scotland

[A]  Making the Most of Scotland’s People

[A]  The Scottish Parish Register Guide

[A]  Your Guide to Researching Ancestors from Scotland


[V]  FS: Ireland Emigration

[A]  FMP: Pre-1901 Irish Census Records Online

[A]  AG: Ireland’s Famine Children “Born at Sea”

[A]  RT: Resources for Your Irish Research

[A]  FMP: An expert guide to the Griffith’s Valuation

[A]  FMP: How to Find Ancestors Using Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Records

[A]  FMP: Using Irish Census Records to Find Your Family

[A]  FMP: Using Poor Law Records to find your Irish Ancestors

[A]  FMP: How to Find Your Irish Military Ancestor

[A]  FMP: 8 Expert Tips for Using Irish Records to Build Your Family Tree

[A]  FMP: Discover the journey of your Irish immigrant ancestors

[A]  FMP: Search guide: Irish land records genealogy

[A]  FMP: Find your military Irish relatives in our US records

[A]  FMP: How to Use Irish Petty Sessions

[A]  LT: Five Steps for Finding that Hard-to-Find Irish Ancestor

[A]  LT: Four Historical and Geographical Tips to Help You Trace Your Irish Ancestors

[A]  Fianna Rootswebsite

Church Records

[V]  FS: Tracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry (48:15)

[A]  FMP: 5 must-know tips for searching Irish Catholic Parish Registers

[A]  TH: Irish Catholic Parish Registers Online

[A]  FMP: Your quickfire guide to Irish parish records

[A]  FS: Ireland Presbyterian Church Records

[A]  FMP: Search Guide: Irish Non-Conformist Records

Next Steps

[A]  FMP: 5 Common Irish Genealogy Brick Walls and How to Overcome Them

[A]  FMP: Five Steps for Finding that Hard-to-Find Irish Ancestor

[A]  LT: Where IS That Record? Clues for Tracing Irish Ancestry

[A]  LT: Top Tips for Researching Your Scots-Irish Ancestry

[A]  FMP: Why Irish Genealogy Is So Hard

[A]  FMP: Take Your Irish Research Further



[V]  FS: Best Practices for Nordic Ancestors (55:46)

[V]  FS: FamilySearch Wiki for Nordic Countries (55:47)

[V]  FS: Scandinavian Handwriting (111:06)

[V]  FS: Scandinavian Fixed and Moveable Feast Days (45:14)

[V]  FS: Exploring the Feast Day Calendar for Norway, Denmark, and Sweden (34:18)

[V]  A Guide to Scandinavian Records on MyHeritage (48:00)

[A]  RT: 3 Tips for Getting Started with Scandinavian Genealogy Research

[A]  RT: Making Sense of Scandinavian Names

[A]  RT: Sources for Scandinavian Research

[A]  Finding Your Scandinavian/Nordic Ancestors



[A]  Genealogy: How to Introduction

[A]  FS: Danish Demografisk Database (Census)

[A]  FS: Danish Emigration

[A]  FS: Danish Emigration Syllabus

[A]  FS: Guide to the Danish Emigration Archives Database



[V]  FS: Norwegian Military Records (54:21)

[A]  FS: Norwegian Migration and Immigration

[A]  FS: Norwegian Emigration—The Experience

[A]  FS: How to Find Ancestors in the Digitalarkivet of Norway

[A]  FS: Norwegian Migration and Immigration

[A]  FS: Digitalarkivet: Death Notices

[A]  FS: Digitalarkivet: Emigration Records



[V]  FS: Researching Your Swedish Heritage (59:59)

[A]  AC: Beginning Swedish Research

[A]  LT: Beginner’s Guide to Swedish Genealogy Research

[A]  Swedish Emigration

[A]  Swedish Legal Records

[A]  Finding Your Swedish Roots

[A]  Searching and Using the Archives


Beginning Research

[V]  FS: Historical Background (30:00)

[V]  BYU: Beginning German Research (81:00)

[V]  FS Wiki: 1-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:42)

[V]  FS Wiki: 2-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (4:56)

[V]  FS Wiki: 3-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:54)

[V]  FS Wiki: 4-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (4:49)

[V]  FS Wiki: 5-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (4:16)

[V]  FS Wiki: 6-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:53)

[V]  FS Wiki: 7-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (4:34)

[V]  FS Wiki: 8-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:53)

[V]  FS Wiki: 9-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:46)

[V]  FS Wiki: 10-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:11)

[V]  FS Wiki: 11-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (7:00)

[V]  FS Wiki: 12-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (6:16)

[V]  FS Wiki: 13-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (4:04)

[V]  FS Wiki: 14-The Germany Genealogy Main Page (5:32)

[A]  Beginning Germany Genealogy FAQs

[A]  GermanRoots.com

[A]  AA: German Guide

[A]  AC: German Genealogy Terms

[A]  LT: Beginning German Genealogy Research

[A]  LT: 3 Essential Websites for German Family History Research


[V]  AC: Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire (27:00)

[V]  AC: Hamburg Passenger Lists (24:00)

[V]  FS: German Historical Maps and Territories (62:54)

[V]  FS: Ortsfamilienbucher on Genealogy.net (51:44)

[A]  FS: Map Guide to German Parish Registers

[A]  FS: Hamburg Passenger Lists

[A]  FS: Using Meyer’s Gazetteers Online

[A]  LT: Finding Lutheran Ancestors at the Church Registry Office in Hanover

[A]  LT: German Evangelical Church Records Online: Archion.de


[A]  10 Tips for Deciphering Old German Handwriting

[V]  FS: Reading German Handwritten Records, Part 2 (35:00)

[V]  FS: Reading German Handwritten Records, Part 3 (35:00)

[V]  Old German Script, Part 1 (62:11)

[V]  Old German Script, Part 2 (59:21)

[V]  Old German Script, Part 3 (60:42)


[V]  Beginning Swiss Research, Part 1 (59:08)

[V]  Beginning Swiss Research, Part 2 (54:41)


[V]  FS: Using the Kartenmeister Gazetteer (34:32)

[V]  FS: Polish Displaced Persons (44:00)

[V]  FS: Polish Letters (20:00)

[V]  FS: Records of the Polish Partitions (58:23)

[V]  FS: Polish Handwritten Records (30:00)

[A]  AA: Polish Guide


[V]  Russian Germans in the North Caucasus (51:01)

[V]  Volga German Settlements in Russia (48:07)

[A]  Cyrillic Script

[A]  Russian Alphabet, Language, and Handwriting, Part 2 (42:01)

[A]  Russian Alphabet Handout

France, Belgium, Luxembourg

[V]  FS: Beginning Research in Luxembourg (52:49)

[V]  FS: Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands (59:48)

[A]  TH: French Genealogy Records Online

[A]  LT: 6 Valuable Resources for Tracing French Ancestors


[V]  FS: Reading the Italian Alphabet (25:00)

[V]  FS: Italian Words and Phrases (25:00)

[V]  FS: Basic Italian Research (59:00)

[V]  FS: Key Words and Phrases in Latin Records (25:00)

[V]  FS Wiki: 1-The Italy Main Page (5:18)

[V]  FS Wiki: 2-An Italy Province Page (4:30)

[V]  FS Wiki: 3-Finding a Birth Certificate Online (5:06)

[V]  FS Wiki: 4-Finding a Marriage Certificate Online (5:31)

[V]  FS Wiki: 5-Finding a Death Certificate Online (5:20)

[V]  FS Wiki: 6-Writing for a Birth, Marriage or Death Certificate (5:04)

[V]  FS Wiki: 7-Finding a Church Baptism Record Online (5:20)

[V]  FS Wiki: 8-Finding a Church Baptism Record Online, Case Study (6:23)

[V]  FS Wiki: 9-Finding a Church Marriage Record Online (6:03)

[V]  FS Wiki: 10-Finding a Church Death/Burial Record Online (5:55)

[V]  FS Wiki: 11-Writing to a Priest for Church Records (4:51)

[V]  FS Wiki: 12-Finding Your Town of Origin in Italy: Home Records (5:19)

[V]  FS Wiki: 13-Finding Your Town of Origin in Italy: U S Records (5:47)

[V]  FS Wiki: 14-Finding a Town of Origin:Immigration and Naturalization (5:34)

[V]  FS: Latin for Genealogists (55:14)

[A]  AC: Italian Genealogy Terms



[V]  FS: Basque Parish Indexes (12:13)

[A]  FS: Reading Spanish Handwriting (67:34)

[A]  FS: Spanish Handwriting Tips for Records




[V]  AC: Ron Higgins, Calif. African-American Gen. Society (6:16)

[V]  Genealogy and African-American History (58:34)

[V]  BYU: African American Research (14:43)

[V]  FS: Getting Started with FamilySearch and The Freedmen’s Bureau Records (3:41)

[V]  African American Research for Beginners (5:27)

[A]  AC: Think You Can’t Research Your African-American Family History?

[A]  RT: 4 Easy-to-Follow Steps for African-American Genealogy Newbies

[A]  RT: Key Records for African-American Genealogy Newbies

[A]  AC: Overview of African American Research


[V]  FS: Freedmen’s Bureau Records Online (2:47)

[V]  AC: Tracing Slave Ancestors (5:55)

[A]  AC: Freedmen’s Bureau

[A]  FS: Tracing Your African-American Ancestors

[A]  Discover the Freedmen’s Bureau

[A]  AR: Using Ship Manifests for Slave Research

[A]  AR: Antebellum African American Research

[A]  AR: The Freedmen’s Bureau Records – Research Your Southern Ancestors

[A]  AR: Early African American and Anti-Slavery Newspapers

[A]  AG: Using Federal Records to Explore the Lives of African American Ancestors

[A]  AG: “Pre-Bureau” Records and Civil War African American Genealogy

[A]  AG: Researching African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1890

[A]  FHD: African American Genealogy: A Guide to Finding Your Ancestors Online

[A]  FHD: 10 Free Resources for Researching Your African American Ancestors

[A]  TH: African American Family History Step By Step

[A]  AC: Census Records in African American Research


[V]  BYU: Beginning Latin American Research (62:00)

[A]  AC: Census Records in Hispanic Research

[A]  AC: Government Records in Hispanic Research


[V]  AC: Beginning Jewish Research (34:00)

[V]  AC: Tracing Your Jewish Roots (8:38)

[V]  AC: Jan Meisels, IAJGS(4:49)

[V]  FS: Poland and Galicia Jewish Research, Part 1 (44:43)

[V]  FS: Poland and Galicia Jewish Research, Part 2 (58:08)

[A]  Knowles Collection for Jewish Genealogy

[A]  AR: The Myth—Truths Of Jewish Genealogy

[A]  FHD: Jewish Genealogy: 6 Tips for Conducting Great Research

[A]  RT: Getting Started with Jewish Genealogy

[A]  RT: Clues for Researching Jewish Names and Tombstones

[A]  RT: 10 Great Resources for Jewish Genealogy

[A]  TH: Holocaust Genealogy

[A]  FMP: Uncovering Your UK Jewish Ancestry

[A]  AC: Finding Jewish Records

[A]  AC: Holocaust Research

[A]  LT: Jewish Research Part 2: Tips and Resources

[A]  LT: Jewish Research Tips, Part 3: Conclusion

Native American

[A]  AC: Rootsweb, Blackfoot

[A]  AC: Finding Individual Native American Information

[A]  AR: Trace Your Native American Roots

[A]  WWW Virtual Library – American Indians

International Research

[V]  BYU: Beginning International Genealogical Research (20:18)

[V]  An Overview of European Record Collections on MyHeritage (46:00)

[A]  GC: Tips for International Research

[A]  AR: How To Research Foreign Records Without Leaving Home

[A]  GC: First Steps in Foreign Research

Latter-day Saints

[V]  BYU: Temple Work through Descendancy Research (39:00)

[V]  Success Tips for Starting Genealogy (39:00)

[V]  Thoughts on Hastening the Work of Family History Research (59:21)

[V]  BYU: LDS Census Records (11:41)

[A]  FS: Ordinances Performed Out of Order   |   DE   ES   FR   IT   PT  

[A]  FS: Sealing Appears to Be Needed, but Already Completed   |  DE   ES   FR   IT   PT   JA  

[A]  FS: Sealing a Divorced Couple

[A]  FS: Sealing a Deceased Couple who were Never Married

[A]  FS: Ordinance Shows as Not Available in Family Tree   |   DE   ES  FR   IT   PT   JA  

[A]  FS: Sealing a Living Member to a Deceased Spouse

[A]  FS: Temple File Names for Baptisms Limited to Youth, Unendowed   |   DE   ES   FR   IT   PT  JA  

[A]  LDS: Four Ways to Share Family History That May Surprise You

[A]  FL: Searching vs. Surfing for a Name