Julie's Genealogy & History Hub

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Family History Through the Alphabet – Zigzag

For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


zSometimes in genealogy, you have to go up, down, and around a research problem in order to solve it.  Many times, this means researching collateral family members and associates.  This is often referred to as Cluster Genealogy or the FAN Principle.  The idea is to study a person’s family members, friends, business associates, neighbors, and witnesses (to a deed, marriage, etc.) in order to solve a tough research problem.  This technique is often used to help solve questions of origin, whether it be paternity or where person came from. Continue reading

Family History Through the Alphabet – You

For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


yThis week it’s all about YOU!  You’ve spent countless hours filling in the details of your ancestors, but have you taken the time to record your own details?  I actually did this a few years ago as a departure from research (sometimes you just need a break!!).  I spent some time entering a variety of events into my genealogy database.  In some cases, they were memories.  Other times I had some source of information, such as a diploma or newspaper clipping.  It was a good exercise for me, because as I get older, certain details just seem to fade away.  Fortunately, I captured them, and you should too!

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Family History Through the Alphabet – X Marks the Spot

For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


xThis week it’s all about maps.  I love maps.  They are great tools for genealogists and often help us solve research problems.  In this post, I’ll share a few examples of how I use maps in my own research.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – Writing

For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


wThings are a little crazy this week as I migrate my blogs from Blogger to Word Press.  So for this week, I will direct you to a few of my past posts about writing and publishing.  Enjoy!

Family History Through the Alphabet – Volunteer

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For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


vVolunteering for genealogical societies is a great way to give back to the society.  It also gives you a chance to meet new people who share your passion for genealogy and allows you an opportunity to learn from those around you.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – University Libraries

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For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


uUniversity libraries are probably one of the most overlooked repositories when it comes to genealogy research.  But the universities in the states in which your ancestors lived should definitely be on your list of places to look.  These libraries usually contain special collections or archives related to the history of the state as well as the areas surrounding the campus.  Even better, many universities are digitizing their archival collections and making them available to the public for free.

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Family History Through the Alphabet – Timelines

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For 26 weeks I will take you on a family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  I have decided that each post will be educational in nature, focusing on topics related to resources, methodology, tools, etc.  Although the challenge is complete, there are still some people who are finishing up and Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge


tTimelines are such a wonderful tool in genealogy research.  You can learn so much by looking at a visual depiction of your ancestors over time.  From research gaps to research analysis, timelines should always to a go-to method for working through tough research problems.

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