Journals and diaries are where we write our memories, secrets and daily thoughts. As such, when we find an ancestor’s journal, it can provide a wealth of rich information about his or her personal life and is a great source for discovering even more.
I recently stumbled upon my great-grandmother’s journal while helping my grandmother organize her house. It was incredible to see how intact the journal was despite many years of being stored in a box filled with other family treasures such as photos and documents.
What’s the best way to begin your family tree? What should you look out for in historical records to learn more about your ancestors? These are just some of the questions Australian Geneablogger Shauna Hicks spoke about in last week’s webinar on the Golden Rules of Genealogy.
Shauna gave great tips and tricks to jumpstart your family history research and help discover more about your ancestors, build a family tree and how to uncover information from historical records.
Don’t worry if you happened to miss out! Click on the video below for the whole webinar.
Want more genealogy tips? Check our other webinars for more ways to help make your family history research easier.
Start your journey of discovery today, build a free family tree, and let us know what you find out!
At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of preserving your family history and documenting our family history discoveries.
We’re always eager to add new details, and sometimes forget to to look back at our previous entries and fill in the missing pieces of our research.
Here are a few tips to help “trim” and edit your family tree to make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest family information.
1. Merge Duplicates
Over time it’s possible that a person may be listed more than once in a family tree. With the Check for Duplicates feature in Family Tree Builder, it’s easy to run a duplicate check on your family tree. To use this feature, go to Tools and Check for Duplicates. You can then merge and edit those duplicates accordingly.
Ever faced an obstacle in your family research as you look for an ancestors’ name?
When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another.
Nicknames are usually familiar or humorous and used as an appropriate replacement or addition to a given name. They can be a form of endearment, refer to a personal character trait or just be a shortened version.
When you stumble upon these new listings, you might think your family research has hit a brick wall. Searching for records can be difficult if you don’t have all the information, but don’t despair, here are some tips below to help in your family history research.
Do you know about the statistics section on our family sites? It is full of interesting tidbits about your family tree, offering such details as average life expectancy or number of children per family. We analyze all the data in your family tree to produce 45 enlightening statistics.
I learned some very interesting things about my family from this section. For example, I learned that the most common first names in my tree are David and Sara. I would probably not have noticed that the oldest person in my family was my great aunt, who lived to be 107!
Here is a map showing all places of birth of the people in my family tree: