Sunday, January 08, 2017

Useful Genealogy Advice

There are so many genealogy experts out there dispensing advice it is often hard to keep up.  In the coming months I will highlight a few of the ones I find consistently excellent.  

Amy Johnson Crow, a certified genealogist, has an excellent blog providing advice on many current genealogical issues we all face.  Her recent post "The Truth About Ancestry's Hints," provided useful information about how Ancestry hints should be approached with caution and understanding of the underlying resources. For example, not all databases are included in hints; instead hints tend to come from federal and state records including census, birth, death and marriage.  Additionally,  hints are intended to drive interest and provide possible clues.  Amy reminds her readers that often the hints are not the correct individual.

Amy's recent round-up of her 2016 best blogs reminded me how useful I have found her advice.  I highly recommend reading "Top 10 Genealogy Tips" to discover an excellent resource that is worth your time.  My favorites were "How FindAGrave Could - And Should - Be Made Better" and "5 Things You Can Do in Genealogy When You are Short on Time."

Amy also provides a free program called "31 Days to Better Genealogy" accessible on her website.

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