Multiple Years of City Directories

What clues can you gather about your ancestor when you trace them through several years in a city directory? We are going to explore genealogy research in city directories over consecutive years. Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading Below Year after year in the city directory In another article, we…

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Your Ancestor in the City Directory

Have you found your ancestor in a city directory? You might have found their name and address. Did you look for any other clues that might be in that directory? Let’s take a look at everything you might be able to find in a city directory. Watch This Episode, or…

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Brick Wall Bertha: Step 2 – A Genealogy Case Study

Last time, I told you that step two of genealogy brick wall busting is to make a timeline. Let’s take a look at how our case study “Brick Wall” Bertha’s timeline is coming along. Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading Below If you missed the overview of Brick Wall Busting…

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Genealogy Brick Wall Busting: Step 2 – Make a Timeline

So you have gathered every document you have for your elusive brick-wall ancestor. You have re-examined every detail and clue. What do you do next? You make a timeline! Let’s keep busting genealogy brick walls with Step 2 – Make a Timeline starting now. Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading…

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Female Ancestor = Few Records

What do you do when you have only a tiny handful of genealogical records, especially for a female ancestor? Is there even a story there? Today we will take a look at a case together and see what clues we can find. Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading Below Why…

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Family History Clues in a Will

Did your ancestor leave a will before their death, choosing who would inherit their property? Have you taken a close look to find all the genealogy clues in that will? Let’s break it down line by line right now! Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading Below What is a last…

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Civil War Regiment Histories

So your ancestor served in the Civil War? What do you know about the unit they served in? Can learning more about their unit tell you more about your ancestor? You betcha! Let’s take a closer look. Watch This Episode, or Continue Reading Below What are regiment histories? Many military…

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Brick Wall Bertha: Step 1 – A Genealogy Case Study

Last time, I told you that step one of brick wall busting is to review previous research. Well, do I practice what I preach? I’m going to show you how I am working through the process with an ancestor I have lovingly nicknamed “Brick Wall Bertha.” Watch This Episode, or…

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Genealogy Clues on a Headstone

Can a cemetery headstone tell you much about your ancestor’s life? Headstones have been used for centuries to mark the final resting place of deceased individuals. The amount of information included on headstones varies from nearly nothing to a whole lot of details. But, no matter how much or how…

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