Monday, July 28, 2014

Programing coming up.

Great in person learning opportunity.

Ohio Genealogical Society Fall Seminar featuring D Joshua Taylor at Quality Inn in Bellville, OH. The date to mark is the 4th of October 2014. Check this out at

Then I will be speaking on Friday the 8 of August 2014 at 10 am at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio. The topic I will be discussing is one of my favorites. The topic is "How to Research your Civil War ancestors".

Hope to see you there and please spread the word to your other genealogy or Civil War buffs that may be interested in these topics.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Delayed the last two days

Sorry got side tracked with writing on the blog yesterday. Was in Bellville, Ohio at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library. Taught a class on using Family Search yesterday and was at a Trustees meeting all day today. Will have a exciting presentation to attend coming up here in August and one in the Fall. Stay posted.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Educating yourself to breakdown the Brick Walls-Part 4 Books

Sure there are the printed on paper kind of book, but the industry has changed to handheld's and online. They can be a great source for doing research and locating books. A couple areas for you to check for the books you seek.

The first would be your Public Library. Sure you need to have a library card, but once you get it you are able to download E books off their website. Check your local library to see if they have the books you are looking for. Checking the library where your ancestors lived can be a hit and miss proposition when it comes to gaining access. Most libraries do not allow you to see their books without a library card. Does not hurt to look.

The second place would be Google Books. I have found many books complete on this website that will help you in your search. Click on the Books section and type in the subject. Some books are complete, but many are just short clips.

The third and final one is Family Search. This is my favorite by far. It gets you access to eight different libraries across the country. The best part is the database keeps growing. Books are fully scanned and you can turn the pages. Saving copies is also easy. Only thing I don't like is that the search feature can be a little difficult. Less words the better.

Good luck in your hunt. As always comments are welcome.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Educating yourself to break down the Brick Walls- 3 Area Genealogy Societies

One of the areas that I see the newer genealogist not participating in is the local chapter meetings of genealogical societies in their area. These clubs offer wonderful learning situations normally held once a month. Participating in them will help you accelerate your genealogy journey.

Local chapter meetings are beneficial due to the speakers they have come into speak once a month and the ability to meet with other like minded individuals that can help you with your research. Even if your family does not come from the area you live in you still have so much to gain from joining the local group. The speakers tend to cover a wide variety of topics that will help you with your current research as well as challenges you might have moving forward. Group members tend to have a wide variety of experience levels that can benefit you with your own research. Sharing with others is the key to getting your help on your own research. Members tend to be more than willing to share their knowledge. Having a second set of ears hear your challenges can be very helpful to your search.

Many groups maintain a newsletter and some form of internet presence. These can help you with again learning new skills and sharing with others. Joining the group that is located in the area where the majority of your family lived will also prove helpful in your search. As time moves forward even groups that are not in your local area are conducting their meetings over the Internet so people that are not able to physically attend meetings can participate. This is so important.

Another valuable mission of most groups is cemetery or transcription projects. Without this valuable service the genealogy community as a whole will not continue to grow with new sources. Make sure to be a part of this.

So go out there and find your local genealogy group. Attend some meetings. Make sure to be open to sharing. You will gain so much from participating in the group.

Please share your thoughts and ideas.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


I will have more posts come Monday. Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Educating yourself to break down the Brick Walls-2

This will be my second installment of using learning to break down your Brick Walls that you face in your genealogy research. Another great way to learn and educate yourself on problems you are having with your genealogy is online seminars. Many venues for this type of thing are offered.

Two that I have participated in are put on by Ancestry and Legacy. Go to either one of these websites for times and schedule of upcoming programs. The advantage to this type of format is that you can ask questions either during the presentation or upon completion. I have been in some of these programs and there has been hundreds of people. This allows you to learn from the speaker and the participants in the presentation.

Many genealogy groups are starting to offer online presentations. APG, Southern California Genealogical Society and Rootstech are just a few that come to mind. Watching live is not only exciting, but very informational.

As always please comment with thoughts and ideas. Tomorrow I will write about attending area genealogical meetings and their benefits.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Educating yourself to break down the Brick Walls

As genealogist we will all come to some point in our family search that we hit a brick wall. The key to resolving it is educating yourself on the subject that is stopping you. Luckily in this day and age there are several areas on the Internet and offline that can help you in your search. Over the next couple of days I am going to write about some items that will help you.

Videos are all over the internet to help us with understanding the various aspects of genealogy research. You can learn from A to Z on almost every subject. Start out with identifying subjects that will you need help breaking your genealogy breaking your brick wall down on. Example would be what does the death record really tell me? What information on this record am I missing that may be a clue?

There are two great sources on the Internet to watch videos that will help educate you better on subjects that we need to learn more about. I have had many moments in my research when I educate myself that the solution to the Brick Wall becomes very clear. The first website you can take a look at would be Here you can learn information by very knowledgeable presenters on a variety of subjects. The second site I like to go to is You Tube. Sure this site has videos on cute animals and the next big thing, but it also has videos on genealogy.

Try these sites out and let me know what you learn. Tomorrow I will speak on the subject of online seminars.