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!




Getting Started in Genealogy – New Series

Getting Started in Family Genealogy - a new series at Shaking Your Family Tree Blog!A new series is coming to Shaking Your Family Tree! This will be a series of educational posts covering the basics of “Getting Started in Family Genealogy.” Many different topics will be covered.

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Map Your Surname (Distribution Map)

Map Your Surname - Shaking Your Family Tree BlogLast night I decided to¬†journey across the ocean to see if I can figure out my German “Hager” ancestry. Needless to say, I didn’t get very far, but I did find this interesting website. It displays the surname “Hager” on a map! Looks like they are still clustered together in a central area in Germany! Pretty fascinating stuff!

I came across this website with links that allow you to map your Surname within any country.  Since one branch of my family originated from Germany, I thought this would be both fun and interesting! How I stumbled upon this website is a mystery to me, but it did prove itself to be entertaining.

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Online Photograph Searches

Shaking Your Family Tree - a genealogy family research blog!I love old family photographs. I love peering into the lives of my ancestors from years ago. I love looking into their eyes, viewing their faces, and gazing at their clothes, surroundings, and expressions. I absolutely love it! There is nothing more rewarding to me than finding a picture and presenting it to my family. Pictures are wordless, but somehow, they speak volumes!

A question I am frequently asked is how and where I find the photographs online that I present to my family. There is not a simple “go here” answer. There is a lot of investigation, digging, and cross referencing involved. It takes time, patience, and perseverance. In the end, though, it is worth it!

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Connect with family online

Many individuals who do family genealogy know that connecting with family is important. However, some are reluctant to do this. From my own experience I can tell you that I have had the most amazing experiences connecting with family members online. Yes, I have had many emails go without responses, messages apparently ignored, incorrect email addresses returned, and replies similar to “I’m not related” to your family. I’ve had message board inquiries sit for months and years with no response. However, mixed in with those experiences, I have had replies that changed my life!

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