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The Old Bailey Online: A Research Tool

For those interested in Social History, the Old Bailey Online website provides a wealth of research tools. Check out all these awesome tools and resources...

Hide and Seek: Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are

Do you ever feel as though your ancestors are playing hide and seek with you? Do you want to shout: Come out come out...

5 Census Search Strategies

My third great-grandparents were Edward and Mary Ann Brazier and they were from the Black country in an area where Worcestershire and Staffordshire intersect...
More than one right way to enter Census in RootsMagic

Census Entry in RootsMagic

There are many to do census entry in RootsMagic. This post is about how I enter mine. There is a right way, a wrong way...
10-Steps to busting your brick wall ebook

10 Steps to Busting Your Brick Wall: A Guide for the...

My new eBook, 10 Steps to Busting Your Brick Wall: A Guide for the Frustrated Genealogist, is now available for sale on Amazon! Brick walls. We all...
Step Ten: DNA Research

Step Ten: DNA Research

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence, searched for new evidence, resolved conflicts, searched for social history, searched for collateral relatives, employed...
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Organisation, Company and Society Histories

As you explore the social history of your ancestors, it is quite likely that you will encounter a company, a business, a society or...
Crowd Source

Step Nine: Crowd Source the Problem

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence, searched for new evidence,  resolved conflicts, searched for social history, searched for collateral relatives, and...
Friends, Neighbours and Acquaintances

Step Eight: Friends, Neighbours and Acquaintances (FAN)

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence, searched for new evidence,  resolved conflicts, searched for social history and searched for collateral relatives, the...
Public Speaking

Public Speaking for Introverts

7 Tips to Prevent Unadulterated Panic of Epic Proportions Quiet, the book by Susan Cain, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over...
Step Seven: Collateral Relatives

Step Seven: Collateral Relatives

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence, searched for new evidence,  resolved conflicts, and searched for social history, the next...
Step Six: Search for Social History

Step Six: Search for Social History

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence, searched for new evidence and resolved conflicts, the next step in the Busting Your...
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Step Five: Resolve Conflicts

Now that we’ve defined our brick wall, created a timeline, evaluated our existing evidence and searched for new evidence, the next step in the Busting Your Brick...
Step Four: Search for New Evidence

Step Four: Search for New Evidence

Now that we've defined our brick wall, created a timeline, and evaluated our existing evidence, the next step in the Busting Your Brick Wall Challenge...
Step Three Evaluate the Evidence

Step Three: Evaluate the Evidence

Now that we've defined our brick wall and created a timeline, the next step in the Busting Your Brick Wall Challenge will be to...
Step Two Create a Timeline

Step Two: Create a Timeline

Now that we've defined our brick wall in the first step of this Busting Your Brick Wall Challenge, our next step is to create...
DNA Land Website

Know Your Genome at DNA Land

DNA Land is a relatively new kid on the genome block who wants your DNA for scientific research and in exchange, they offer to to...
Wrong Way, My Way, Right Way

When You Don’t Know Their Name

Last week, I stumbled on a fascinating discussion over on the RootsMagic Facebook page regarding the preferred way to deal with entering the name...
Step One: Define the Brick Wall

Step One: Define the Brick Wall

Before we can hope to solve a problem, we have to understand it. We need to define the brick wall that we need to overcome...
10 Steps to Bust Your Brick Wall

10 Steps to Busting Your Brick Wall

Brick walls. We all have them. That one group of ancestors that just don't want to be found. That one branch of our family tree...
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