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What are DNA, chromosomes, and genes?

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What are DNA, chromosomes, and genes?

DNA is like a recipe book for you. Inside every cell in your body is a copy of this recipe book that contains instructions for everything from eye color to how your body processes food.  What does the recipe book look like? The instructions are coded in long, twisting strings of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) called chromosomes. Every human has 23 pairs of chromosomes. Under a microscope, chromosomes look like the letter X (except for men, whose 23rd chromosome pair looks like an X along with the letter Y).  Each chromosome contains countless genes (tiny segments of DNA) corresponding to specific...

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What's the most important skill for genealogists to develop?

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What's the most important skill for genealogists to develop?

Quick, which of the following is the most important skill needed by aspiring genealogists? Navigating local history collections at the library DNA triangulation for genetic genealogy Becoming proficient with building family trees on Ancestry Interviewing relatives about family history Learning how to use advanced search features on Google In our opinion, #4 - interviewing relatives - is the most important skill to develop. Interviews are critical to unearthing information that may not be available in any printed or digital source. Sometimes, interviews lead to insights that can break down brick walls, and take your research to times and places that you never...

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The backstory behind EasyGenie's new Archival Genealogy Storage Kit

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The backstory behind EasyGenie's new Archival Genealogy Storage Kit

You asked, we answered: The EasyGenie Archival Genealogy Storage Kit is finally here! In addition to the pictures on this page, the video below has more details. We also wanted to share the "backstory" of this kit, and how it came into existence. We're family genealogists, and we understand the challenges of organizing and preserving key research, including original documents, copies of documents, genealogy charts and forms, and photographs. For a long time we used manila folders for documents, but discovered that they didn't last long, typically falling apart after a few years. We've also tried hanging folders, which are sturdier, but the documents...

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A visit to the Morristown Gateway Museum

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A visit to the Morristown Gateway Museum

EasyGenie is on the road this week! We are taking our only vacation of the year in northern New York on the Canadian border, where Ian has family. For the past few years our vacations have been working vacations ... we even bring along a printer, postage supplies, and a limited inventory so we can continue to fulfill orders. This page shows what we are able to ship this week.  The main focus of coming to this particular spot is to soak up the beautiful countryside and connect with family who are scattered along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. We've...

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Do you have PDFs of your largest charts?

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Do you have PDFs of your largest charts?

We get this question a lot: When will EasyGenie release its biggest charts as fillable PDFs? This includes the EasyGenie 8, 9, and 10-generation pedigree and fan charts printed on paper, which you can see as part of our Big Charts Sampler above.  We have adapted some of our bigger paper genealogy charts (measuring 17 by 22 inches) to fillable PDFs. They include the large-print blended family pedigree chart mentioned earlier. However, because most customers print out these 17 x 22 forms on 8.5 x 11 inch home printers of varying quality, the large print charts are the only ones we have adapted to fillable PDFs because...

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