Assumptions: Genealogy Kryptonite

My Aunt Betty, who was a life-long genealogist, shared some of the best research advice— never make assumptions. Not only did she follow the genealogy golden rule of being precise and verifying her sources, she taught me that making an assumption can wreak havoc with your genealogy research.  That single piece of advice has heldContinue reading “Assumptions: Genealogy Kryptonite”

AncestryBirdDog.com Joins Facebook!

We are excited to announce that AncestryBirdDog.com has joined Facebook! In the past, you probably discovered our posts and website through another Facebook page. If so, we’re thankful that you decided to click on our link, and hope you have continued to find our content both intriguing and helpful. We are grateful to the FacebookContinue reading “AncestryBirdDog.com Joins Facebook!”

Everything You Need to Know About Certificates of Death

In genealogy, researching an ancestor’s death should be one of your first steps when creating their family record, because most family research is worked backwards through a person’s life and then through multiple generations.  This article provides information family researchers need to know about death records/death certificates, as well as where to obtain copies andContinue reading “Everything You Need to Know About Certificates of Death”

FREE Resources for Conducting Oral History Interviews

Have you considered conducting oral history interviews as part of your genealogy research, but weren’t sure how to get started? This article makes it easy by providing you with a guide that offers step-by-step instructions for preparing for the interview, an outline of topics for discussion, a multi-generation pedigree chart, and family history worksheets. (Free,Continue reading “FREE Resources for Conducting Oral History Interviews”

Untangling Cousin Relationships

Determining cousin relationships while performing your family research or interpreting your DNA test results can get confusing. If you can’t keep your second cousins and your first cousins twice removed straight, you are not alone. Recently, I read a post on a popular Facebook genealogy page asking this question: What is a first cousin removed?Continue reading “Untangling Cousin Relationships”

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