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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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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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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