Where have I been?

I have recently received several emails and many have contacted me regarding where I have been. I decided it was best to create a blog post with information about what has been going on.

First of all, let me say, everything is fine. I have had some great opportunities come my way and have many new adventures regarding my genealogy and family research in the works.

What are these new adventures I am planning?

Here is a list of some of my new adventures:

  • I am working on creating a podcast and audio recording with my information, tips, tricks, and advice on genealogy and family research.
  • I am writing a “Getting Started in Genealogy & Family Research” Ebook
  • I am creating tutorials and printables to help others on their genealogy & family research journey.
  • I am rebranding my tips, tricks, and advice.

I hope you join me on my new journey – it will be a lot of fun!

I will share the details as soon as they are available (hopefully by May 2014).

Thank you for your emails and for contacting me. I appreciate each and every one of my readers. Thank you! Thank you!




Helping Others Find their Family

This weekend I was researching Draft Registration card records and I decided to ask friends on my Facebook page for family (other than my own) that I could research. Well, needless to say, I did not have any success with the Draft Cards, but I did have success with other information.

I asked friends to provide a male individual’s name who was born in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s and to provide their State of Residence and city (if possible). I had four individuals reply and had a blast researching!

What did I find out?

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A Few Things I’ve learned doing Family Research

A Few Things I’ve Learned!

My dad and I work on our Hager Family Genealogy. It is amazing to me how many twists and turns that we have encountered along the way. It seems as though each time we unravel one branch we encounter a new twists. This is the very thing that makes this journey so intriguing and FUN to me!

Along the way I have learned a few things about researching genealogy:

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Fan Family Tree Chart

20131010-210557.jpgMaybe I’m a little late on this, but I discovered a beautiful way to display a family tree and I really like it! Last week I purchased a new app for my Mac to assist me in organizing my basic genealogy information and to my surprise there was a “fan chart.” Prior to that, I was unaware of this type of chart. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I always preferred the “pedigree” style, well, that is until I saw the fan chart!

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Going Sideways

Clayburn Hager Death Certificate - Shake Your Family Tree BlogThere are times in my genealogy research that it is helpful to go “sideways.” What does that mean? Simply put, I will look at brothers and sisters of the family member I am researching. I have found valuable information doing this!

For example, my paternal great great grandfather (Clayborne Hager) has many different spellings listed for his first name. In the beginning of my researching I just assumed that the spelling I was told was the correct spelling. However, in researching my paternal great grandfather’s brothers and sisters I realized their family has many different spellings for Clayborne. Once I searched archives and online utilizing the different spellings I came upon an enormous amount of information.

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