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Genealogy research tip: old photos and UGPs (unidentified genealogy people)

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Genealogy research tip: old photos and UGPs (unidentified genealogy people)

A customer wrote in with a great question: What should be done with old photos with no names, and the people who might know the faces have already passed away? I have a name for unknown folks on faded black-and-white photos or old tintypes: unidentified genealogy people (UGP). Here's one from our collection: Some UGPs may be direct ancestors, others may be people from side branches. There may be some UGPs who married into the family, or friends of the family. You may not know who they are ... but it's so hard to throw them away. What if that old photo...

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Teaching a genealogy class? Here are some forms for students.

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Teaching a genealogy class? Here are some forms for students.

We received a great question from a reader who wants to teach a genealogy class based on the award-winning Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes by author and genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett: I would like to purchase a kit that contains enough forms that will allow 15 people to create their family trees based on the teaching of Genealogy Basics In 30 Minutes that I purchased from the EasyGenie web site.   Here's my advice to anyone in this situation where they are giving a class or seminar on basic genealogy techniques. If people are just getting started and they have their own printers,...

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Memorial Day: Remembering WWII "Hell Ships" and Tuskegee Airmen

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Memorial Day: Remembering WWII "Hell Ships" and Tuskegee Airmen

Before the pandemic, my town held an annual Memorial Day parade featuring veterans and other community groups. I hope the parade will return next year, but today we can still remember those who served. When I was a kid, I participated in the parade as a scout and remember talking to one of the U.S. Army Air Force vets from World War II in the march. He told me he served on a bomber crew over Europe, and remembered missions where fighter cover was provided by the Tuskegee Airmen - the all-black squadron who escorted bombers over Nazi-held territory.  Their...

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The importance of "true documents" in genealogy

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The importance of "true documents" in genealogy

We wanted to share some fantastic advice left by a visitor to our Facebook page concerning the importance of "true documents" to genealogy research: I have binders for each true ancestor and their children and grands etc. I put true documents such as birth, marriage, and death for each person in the book. This is work for future help. Only accept facts but keep notes on possible leads not yet proven. We love this comment for several reasons: The use of paper forms in binders to protect and preserve the research The focus on facts (based on "true documents" such...

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Blended family/multiple spouse genealogy kits are here!

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Blended family/multiple spouse genealogy kits are here!

This morning Nicole and I took delivery of the latest addition to the EasyGenie family, the Blended Family Genealogy Kit (Large Print) for ancestors with multiple spouses or stepparents. Everyone has remarriages and stepfamilies in their trees, and these charts are a great way to recognize them. Here's the first set laid out at the office: We have been working on these since late last year, based on feedback from customers. Here's what's inside: 6 Six-Generation Pedigree Charts With Multiple Spouses (17 x 22 inches, folded to 8.5 x 11 inches) 6 Blended Family Group Sheets (8.5 x 11 inches, double sided)   You can see a short video...

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