Head in the Cloud: Genealogy Preservation and Organization

Head in the Cloud: Genealogy Preservation and Organization

Prevent Disasters from Destroying Your Hard Work There is a surprisingly accessible way to ensure that your genealogy research is safe from flooding or fires, and that’s by storing it in the cloud. Cloud genealogy is a handy way to store your research remotely on servers that you can access...Read more
History Through a New Lens: Adding Color to Photographs

History Through a New Lens: Adding Color to Photographs

Black-and-white photos are charming but remote, as though from another world. Artist Marina Amal brings them to life in a new book, The Colour of Time: A New History of the World, 1850-1960 (Head of Zeus). After careful research to determine accurate hues, Amal digitally colorized 200 iconic images: Martin...Read more
Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Identifying a Fur-Clad Family Member

Two weeks ago I deciphered the clues in a mystery wedding. Sandy Eichelberger submitted it. She thought it depicted members of her mother’s family. It’s a three-part challenge. This week, it’s a photo that is a relief from the sweltering summer heat. It’s a woman in a winter coat standing...Read more
Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

Beginner Tips: Where to Look for Great Ancestor Stories

  One of my favorite aspects of genealogy is finding a good story. Maybe an ancestor took part in an historical event, clawed his way to economic success, survived an arduous migration or even committed a crime. The kinds of things you might see on an episode of “Who Do...Read more
The Top 10 Reasons to Write Your Family History

The Top 10 Reasons to Write Your Family History

Our all new Write Your Family History Online Course begins on Monday, May 28. If you’ve been considering writing about your ancestors, we’ve got the top ten reasons to get started: To honor your ancestors Give your research some form People love memoirs and biographies To understand your own background To...Read more
Editors’ Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year

Editors’ Pick: Organize Your Way to Your Best Genealogy Year

  Effective family history researchers know that organization is the key to productivity. Are you as organized as you’d like to be—or could be? If your new year’s resolution is to cut through your genealogy clutter, check out this trio of PDF book downloads by Denise May Levenick, the Family...Read more
4 Tips for Digitizing Your Genealogy Effectively

4 Tips for Digitizing Your Genealogy Effectively

Why should you digitize your genealogy? Genealogists are well-known paper-lovers. We tend to hang on to each photocopy, printout, and note “just in case” we need to refer to it again. But many of us don’t like managing all that paper. We’d much rather be following ancestral clues than filing...Read more