How I Solved It: Mary Houts Colton Cox

I take a particular joy in traveling to my ancestral homes to stand where my people once stood and see the earth from their perspective. Along with cemeteries, local libraries are on the top of my list of places I *must* stop while traveling because even though I live near the largest genealogical library in…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #3–Rev. Isaac C. Hunter 1798-1842

Sometimes you search high and low and you find lots of information about your ancestor, but no proof about their ancestry. Such is the case—so far—of Rev. Isaac C. Hunter for Diane Gould Hall at Michigan Family Trails. The Reverend was a traveling preacher in the emerging Ohio and Michigan territories. He left traces of his…

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How I Solved It: Back to the Basics with Probate Records – Part 1

When someone dies, governments tend to be extremely interested in the dispersal of possessions and real estate the deceased may have had. The resulting legal process is called probate, and it can yield a gold mine of clues buried in the paperwork. In today’s “How I Solved It” guest blog series, professional genealogist Diana Elder AGⓇ…

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How I Solved It: Broaden those search terms

In genealogy, we quickly come to learn that we must use wildcards and some pretty creative spelling when searching for our ancestors. But today’s guest blogger Janine Adams from Organize Your Family History (organizeyourfamilyhistory.com) shares an experience reminding us to widen our thinking about *all* of our search terms, not just names! Here’s her experience:…

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News from RootsFinder

Hey there! Here’s some news about what’s been going on at RootsFinder lately that you might like to know about: New DNA import methods We’ve been working hard on a new method of importing your DNA data. In addition to importing your results from GEDmatch, you can now import your autosomal DNA information from Ancestry,…

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How I Solved It: The Micro-Biography of an Obituary

Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry, finds abandoned old photographs and follows their story, hoping to reconnect the photos with their lost families. Here, Jacqi shares a few tricks and sources she uses for finding stories in digital obituaries and historical newspapers as part of RootsFinder’s “How I Solved It” guest blog series. _________________…

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How I Solved It: Old electrical tower leads the way to family graves

Vera Miller from Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family had given up hope on finding her great-grandparents’ graves due to the extreme difficulties in geography and bureaucracy in the former Soviet Empire. But a tiny clue from a treasured family photograph made all the difference for her. Here’s her story in today’s “How I Solved It”…

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How I Solved It: Can DNA Help You Strike Genealogy Gold?

Entering the world of genetic genealogy can be overwhelming for many people and it can be difficult to collaborate with others across all the various tools. In today’s “How I Solved It” guest blog post, Patricia Greber (My Genealogy Life) shows us how she uses DNA tools at Ancestry to help her chase genealogy gold by…

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How I Solved It: George Pillcher Hill: The Disappearing Husband

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. Suzi tells the story of how the spouse of a third great aunt has a very common name. Up until recently, no information could be found because of that. Newspaper searching provided the key…

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How I Solved It: Brick Walls Post #2 – Robert L. Bowden 1863-1906

Why would you check Ancestry’s [fairly] new Pennsylvania death records when you have no record of your ancestor ever living there? Today’s “How I Solved It” guest blogger Diane Gould Hall (Michigan Family Trails) checked them anyway and there he was…her brick wall ancestor! Because you just never know where you’ll find the record you need,…

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