Category Archives: Research Tips

Social History: the Key to Producing Captivating Family Stories

How does a genealogist or family historian write about an event that he or she hasn’t actually witnessed firsthand? The Basics Back in Journalism 101—many long decades ago—I learned the key to good newspaper reporting was to cover the 5 … Continue reading

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Fom Ship to Shore: Finding those Immigrant Passenger Ships

“They came in ships…how else could they get here?” That’s the rhetorical question offered by John P. Colletta in the preface to his classic volume “They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record.” The answer, … Continue reading

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History Books & Locality Guides Flesh Out Your Geny Library

Welcome back to my series here at GeneaJourneys on “Building your Own Personal Genealogy Library.” I kicked off this topic last month with an introduction entitled: “What’s on Your Bookshelf?”  That  post focused on why you’d want your own library. … Continue reading

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