March 1, 2015

How Genealogists Can Spread The Love Of WDYTYA Goodness

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For all the seasons that Who Do You Think You Are have been on there’s almost always a love/hate discussion the next day in the Facebook genealogy community. At first, everyone was happy the show was on and promoting the interest in family history. Then, little by little the critques began. The complaints ranged from there being too much detail that made the stories drag on, to not enough content that showed how many hours it took to find the juicy details.

Of course, what some people failed to take into account was that the show is just an hour long commercial for Ancestry.com. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but it should be understood by those of us who do all forms of research that by criticizing and nit picking the show each week we are doing more harm than good when it comes to promoting the fun of finding family history documentation. We’re darn lucky someone like Lisa Kudrow chose to promote genealogy by producing the programs.

The program has changed from a national station host to The Learning Channel that may or may not be as accessible. As time went by the format for the stories of each celebrity evolved to keep it interesting while staying within a set budget. I’m assuming all this, but I suspect it’s all true.  As has been said recently, many aspects of the episodes can be teaching opportunities for those of us who write about genealogical research. Not just teaching opportunities, but talking points as well.

Now, About Your Own Research

If each celebrity’s life leaves us with questions, that’s a good thing. We might find ourselves with new ideas for our own research. Avenues we haven’t thought of persuing like voter lists, criminal records, church histories, newspaper accounts, or even special censuses for states. Have you considered searching for a topic in Google books? Not just in Google itself, but in their books.

Even more ‘daring’…search for your ancestor by name in a general Google search of images. I’m not advocating just doing research online of course. Find out if your local library has a genealogy section. Maybe your local historical society has a few suggestions for you too. One more suggestion, ask your friends what kind of books they might have that you could use for research. Personally, I have a few genealogy books of my own and can do lookups in them if you ask nicely. ;)

Family Tree DNA Offers $39 Y-DNA Test

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If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get your paternal DNA tested, that time is here and now. Family Tree DNA is currently offering this test for the very affordable price of $39! This offer won’t be around forever, so now is the time to find out just where your father’s ancestors lived, who they might be related to, and their ethnic origins.

 

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Use this link to order your $39 Y-DNA (paternal) test today.

 

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Elyse Doerflinger on Genealogical Organizational Skills

Quite some time back, in the mid-1990’s I began my serious genealogical research on my families and even though I tried to be organized it’s easy for it to get out of hand. Elyse has presented a 7 minute video and how to get organized, and if you are just beginning genealogy, or are über experienced, it’s worthwhile information that she presents. After a few seconds you can skip the promo ad.

You can also find Elyse at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog. Enjoy!

 

 

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Kiva Lending Team – Genealogists for Families

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In Memory of Joan Miller

I’ve known about Kiva for years, but until earlier this month I hadn’t ever made a loan through them. What prompted me though was the death of one of the genealogy community’s treasured friends, Joan Miller. Joan was the author of her own genealogy blog and passed away on January 4th after a year-long battle with cancer. Her friend Judy Webster in Australia has written a wonderful tribute to Joan on her blog Genealogy Leftovers.

Genealogists For Families – Kiva Lending Team

Genealogists are a world-wide community, but very tight-knit and caring. Even though I was a late-comer to the Kiva Lending Team – Genealogists for Families, I can tell you this group has done some really wonderful things for people around the world through their loans.  Whether you are a genealogist or not, it would be so wonderful if you made your loan through the Genealogists for Families lending team link above. Doing so makes more loans available for more people.

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Carol Wilkerson’s Kiva profile Page

 

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