Glossary of Genealogical Terms

Family History Daily published an article on a glossary for genealogists. "Family history research is full of terms that you may never have encountered before you began constructing your tree. Every genealogist, no matter how experienced, will find themselves pulling out the dictionary as they dig deeper into history." The Glossary comes in real handy when you come across a word or term you are not familiar with in your genealogical research.

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See Our Local Resources Section

We have a number of generic tips, helps, forms and other resources under our Local Resources menu.

Exploring the Ancestry YouTube Channel

If you use, do you know all the features and areas they provide to you? If not, you might want to spend 5 minutes viewing their video explaining all the offereings on their YouTube Channel with educational tools available through our Learning Center and our Social Media networks. There are hundreds of videos available to view free, on demand. Join Juliana Szucs of for a tour of our offerings.

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Where to Donate Records to Make Them Available to Everyone

The following article originally appeared in Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter 1 February 2015

A newsletter reader sent an interesting question this week, asking where to donate newly-found documents that may be of interest to many other genealogists. Here is an excerpt from her message: “I recently was going through records and old documents that my grandmother had saved and came across an original passenger list of one of my immigrant ancestors from Poland/Prussia in 1895. To the best of my searching, I have not found any other records from this ship and this document is nowhere else to be found. I have scanned mine in so that others may benefit from it. The problem is I don’t know what to do with it. Aside from attaching it to my ancestors records. Where else can I deposit this information?”

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Learn the Meaning and Origin of Your Surname has a page where you can enter a surname to find the meaning and history of that name.

Some of the interesting facts you'll learn about your surname:

  • Meaning and History
  • Where your family lived in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Average life expectancy
  • When your family immigrated to the U.S.
  • Common occupations
  • Service in the civil war

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50 Free Genealogy Website

The folks over at Family History Daily have a new article titled 50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today.

"Looking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery listings, newspaper articles, biographies, research tips and so much more." 

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Best Ways to Scan a Document Using Your Phone or Tablet

"Have you ever needed to scan a document and did not have a copier handy but you did have your smartphone or tablet? The people at Life Hacker have an article you need to read on how to do this. They provide a solution for both Android and Apple devices.

"If you're like us, then you know "scanning" documents and photos with your phone or tablet is a mixed bag. Thankfully, there are ways to scan documents that gives reliably good results, and best of all, they're really easy.

"More and more people are using the camera on their phone or tablet to scan documents versus dedicated scanner hardware. Don't get us wrong, this works in a pinch, but it can be difficult to achieve the desired end. You may have to straighten and crop, or perhaps even change the contrast and brightness, to get them just right.

"Maybe that's okay if you're just including a few receipts from a recent business trip, but if you want to send someone a nice clean scan of your favorite recipe or have a clear copy of someone's business card, then it can be a challenge. There has to be a better way and luckily, if you use Android or iOS, there is."

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