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17 minutes | 2 days ago
054 - How Perfectionism Hurts Your Genealogy (redux)
We all want our genealogy research to be good. However, insisting on perfection isn't only unrealistic, it can also be detrimental to your genealogy. It can also literally destroy your research. In this first part of the "Research Renewal" series, Amy revisits her episode which asked, "Is perfectionism harming your genealogy?" She shows how it can be harmful and some ways to overcome it. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/54.
15 minutes | 23 days ago
053 - 5 Easy DIY Family History Gifts
When you're into genealogy, it's natural to want to give family history themed gifts, but sometimes they miss the mark. Here are 5 gifts that are easy and fun to put together that will bring a smile to those who receive them. There's also a tip about a common genealogy gift that you might want to reconsider giving. The key is to keep it simple and fun. This episode shows you how. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/53
15 minutes | 2 months ago
052 - The 3 Biggest Mistakes in Genealogy Research
We have all made mistakes in our genealogy research. Over the years, host Amy Johnson Crow has found these 3 mistakes to be the most common and the most detrimental. Amy will share what they are, how they can affect your research, and how you can fix them. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/52
17 minutes | 2 months ago
051 - Lessons from Breaking Down a Brick Wall
Recently, host Amy Johnson Crow solved a genealogy problem that had plagued her for more than 20 years. In this episode, you'll not only learn how she solved it, but what lessons every genealogist can learn from the experience. You can find the full show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/51
14 minutes | 5 months ago
050 - 4 Things You Need to Evaluate in Your Genealogy
"Evaluate your sources" is good advice, but it doesn't go quite far enough. There are actually 4 different, but related, things that you need to consider as you're judging the accuracy of a record. In this episode, you'll learn how sources, information, and evidence are different and what you need to look out for with each one. You'll also learn why looking at a record all by itself can lead to some wrong conclusions. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/50.
24 minutes | 5 months ago
049 - 7 Free Genealogy Websites That You Might Be Overlooking
It's easy to fall into a research rut, looking at just the same couple of favorite websites over and over. Here are 7 websites that will help you find more records so you can make more discoveries in your family history. What's cool about all 7 of these websites is that they are absolutely free, yet they point to millions of resources that we can use. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/49
14 minutes | 6 months ago
048 - Better Notetaking in Your Genealogy
Taking notes in our genealogy is an often-overlooked aspect of organizing. But taking good notes -- and taking them efficiently -- pays off in terms of analyzing your research and planning for future research. In this episode, we'll explore why your genealogy software isn't the ideal way to keep your notes, what needs to be part of an efficient system, and review how Amy keeps her notes. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/48.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
047 - How to Analyze Your Genealogy Research
When you're doing genealogy research, it's natural to start searching for more records when you want to answer a question. But what if the answer you're looking for has been in your notes all along? In this episode, you'll learn why you need to analyze what you already have (and why this is the second step in the WANDER research method). You'll also learn why analyzing is more than just re-reading your notes and how you can do this more effectively. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/47.
12 minutes | 7 months ago
046 - How to Focus Your Genealogy Research
Genealogy research is filled with distractions. There are so many things to explore! So how do we stay focused and avoid those rabbit holes that are oh so tempting? Part of it is having a good research method to follow. In this episode, Amy shares how the first part of the WANDER method — What do you want to find? — is her best tip for focusing your research and staying on track. You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/46
16 minutes | 8 months ago
045 - 7 Family History Activities for When You Can't Focus
Genealogy research brings many of us enjoyment, even comfort. So it can feel bewildering when we can't focus long enough to do it. This episode shows how you can still do family history activities even in this time of stress. Instead of trying to force ourselves to spend our stay-at-home hours breaking down brick wall research problems, let's look at other things we can do -- things that are still meaningful and enjoyable, but don't require a ton of concentration. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/45
29 minutes | 8 months ago
044 - Our Ancestors and the Spanish Flu Epidemic
You've probably seen references to how the Corona virus and COVID-19 compare to the Spanish Flu. But what was life like for our ancestors during that scary time of 1918 and 1919? In this episode, Lori Lyn Price, a social historian who has studied life during the Spanish Flu, explains what our ancestors went through back then. Note: if you typically listen to this podcast with children, you might want to listen to it without them first to make sure that it's appropriate for their age level. Show notes with links to Lori Lyn's website as well as several other Spanish Flu resources are available at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/44.
17 minutes | 9 months ago
043 - DNA Slowing Down: What It Means for Genealogy
Sales of genealogy DNA kits, such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, has slowed dramatically. This is what's listed as the cause of layoffs at two major companies. Why is this slowdown happening and what does it mean for the field? Can anything be done to correct the impact? You can find the show notes for this episode at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/43
10 minutes | 10 months ago
042 - 3 Types of Newspapers That Every Genealogist Should Know
Newspapers are a gold mine of genealogical information. But if you stop looking for them after using the daily or weekly newspaper from your ancestor's home town, you might be stopping too soon. In this episode, Amy shares 3 other kinds of newspapers that you need to be familiar with, and where you can find them. These "other" newspapers are often more detailed than the mainstream newspaper and are well worth the effort to find them. You can find the show notes, complete with links to resources, at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/42.
12 minutes | 10 months ago
041 - 3 Things You Need to Know About Ancestry's Hints
Ancestry's hints - those shaky green leaves that you see on your family tree - can be useful if you know their limitations. Fun fact: You're missing the vast majority of records on Ancestry if you rely only on the hints. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/41
15 minutes | 10 months ago
040 - The Genealogy Research Process with the WANDER Method
Genealogy research is more than just gathering more and more records. It's even more than evaluating them. And the research rarely goes in a straight line. In this episode, Amy describes her WANDER Method for the genealogy research process and how it serves as a path to follow so that you don't get lost. You can find the show notes for this episode along with a free printable at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/40 .
14 minutes | a year ago
039 - How to Write About Your Genealogy More Consistently
There are so many benefits to writing about your genealogy, but getting started can feel tough. Who should you write about? What should you say? Writing can preserve our research, help us spot gaps in what we think we know, and connect us with others who are researching the same people. So how can we do that without feeling completely overwhelmed? 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a free writing challenge with weekly prompts to help give you ideas of what (and who) to write about. It's flexible for your needs. Take the prompts and interpret them how you want to. Writing can take many forms, whether it's blogging, journaling, scrapbooking, video-making, emailing, or posting on social media. The idea is to do something with your genealogy research. You can find the show notes for this episode (and sign up for the free 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge) at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/52ancestors.
14 minutes | a year ago
038 - 5 Tips for Gathering Family Stories
Family stories are as important to genealogy as census records. They are what make our ancestors (and us) human. Here are 5 tips for getting more (and better) family stories when talking to a relative, along with the a surprising tip about preserving them. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/38
14 minutes | a year ago
037 - 11 Things You'll Find in Land Records
Land records show more than just the transfer of land from one owner to another. They contain tremendous amounts of information that we can use in our genealogy research. In this episode, you'll learn 11 things that are typical to find in a deed and what they could mean in your research. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/37
27 minutes | a year ago
036 - Lessons from Downsizing
In this follow-up to Episode 35, where we discussed strategies for downsizing, I share my real-life experience in downsizing my parents' home of 35 years -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/36
36 minutes | a year ago
035 - Downsizing and Family History
In genealogy, we tend to always want more. But there comes a time when it will be necessary to downsize. How do we get rid of stuff and yet still preserve our family history? Professional organizer and genealogist Janine Adams shares her tips on how to approach this balancing act. You can find the show notes at AmyJohnsonCrow.com/35
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