- Published: Tuesday, 31 December 2013 18:02
For Family History Month, Ancestry.com compiled some of the many resources they offer for free into a convenient PDF that you can save to your desktop. The toolkit includes links to forms, helpful pages, educational tool, social networks and more. Now all your favorite tools are just a click away. Click here to download our Ancestry Genealogy Toolkit.
After earlier skirmishes, the American Revolutionary War started with the battle between British troops and local Massachusetts militia at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on 19 April 1775. It ended eight years later with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. If you have been able to trace your ancestry in America back to those years, you have an excellent chance of finding at least one ancestor who had some type of service related to the Revolutionary War effort.
One of the greatest genealogy resources available today is the huge collection of digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. When I travel to various genealogy conferences and societies, I am often amazed at how many genealogists are unaware of these free resources. Not only are the books and other publications available free of charge, you don’t even have to pay for gas to visit these libraries!
One of the The In-Depth Genealogist's Top 10 Posts of 2014 is article titled That Online Tree is NOT a Source!. In this article he states; "We all know we are supposed to cite our sources." They then go on to explain what a source is. Then they continue to state what is not a source. "I’ll tell you what is NOT a source: Someone else’s research. Someone else’s tree. Someone else’s educated guess or deductive reasoning. Neither is information received in an e-mail, from a message board, mailing list or Facebook group." To learn more read That Online Tree is NOT a Source!
Melvin Collier on his Roots Revealed blog posted what he feels are 20 Do's and Don'ts of DNA, based on his experiences. These tips are an excellent summary of what to do and not do when using DNA to find your ancestors. Some of these are very basic such as not doing DNA testing until you have started your research and are working on building a family tree. (An exception to this is if you have considering DNA testing, it wouldn't hurt to get elderly relatives tested as soon as practical.) Several of the tips cover how to respond to others who you may have a match with. In these tip he covers adoption and interracial issues. He also encourages you to provide sufficient information so others with matches can determine possible connections and / or posting your tree where others who might have a DNA match can study it.
If you have done, or are considering DNA testing you should read this article. You should also check out the article that preceeding the above, Wondering, Pondering, and Theorizing with DNA that covers how to analyze any matches you might have.
A little over a year ago our own Paul Enchelmayer spoke to us on 10 Ways to be a Better Ancestor. In our December 2014 General Meeting he expanded on this giving us the Next 10 Ways to be a Better Ancestor. These talks covered over 20 possible ways to help future genealogists find you, your ancestors, descendants, and family history projects. As always, Paul's was very interesting and provided us with many helpful hints and ideas. Youcan view Paul's notes that (now) lists over 20 ways to be a better ancestor and includes a number of links to resources, you can view them on his website.