7    Jun 20154 comments

Sources: Where did I find that?

Contributing author Schelly Talalay Dardashti is the US Genealogy Advisor for MyHeritage.com

How good is your memory?

Many years ago, when I was very new at the genealogy game, I really believed I could accurately remember where I had discovered every bit of family data. And - for awhile - I actually could do that.

However, as the years went by, the numbers of people in my trees increased - while my brain cells seemed to decrease - it became impossible. Sometimes, I would write the information on a scrap of paper. We all know what happens to a scrap of paper stuck in a bag or pocket.

At one point, I had to stop all new research and backtrack, almost to the beginning of my quest, to fill in all those blanks.

Fortunately, I had even saved some of those scraps of paper on which I had scribbled information while visiting archives and libraries. To preserve them, I had taped them onto regular sheets of white paper. Eventually, I transferred that data to the family tree software I used, but the scraps didn't cover all my research. Continue reading "Sources: Where did I find that?" »

15    Jun 20122 comments

Family History: The most important legacy?

An article in the Dallas Morning News, quoting a 2012 American Legacies Pulse Study, states that family history is the most important "asset" that we bequeath to our descendants.

According to the story, 86% of people ages 47-66 and 74% of those ages 72+ say that passing on family stories and memories means more to them than passing on material possessions.

As we get older, we tend to focus our thoughts on our family. How will they remember us? After we're gone, will they maintain the values and family bonds that were important us? Continue reading "Family History: The most important legacy?" »

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