Tidying Up the Vault

Do you have a utility room, a food storage room, or a garage with all sorts of great stuff inside but a fair amount of clutter as well? Every so often you just need to roll up your sleeves and tidy up the space. And that’s what we have done with our favorite storage room in The Family History Guide – the Vault.

Let’s step inside and see what’s new. (Nothing scary here, even though Halloween is a week away …)

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Case Studies: Learning from the Best

One of the unique features of The Family History Guide is that it brings some of the best tools for family history research into one easy-to-use location. Learning from the best is something that people have done for ages: if you want to become a great painter or musician, you study their works to help you develop your own style. Certain things about what they do and how they do it will resonate with you, and you’ll adapt and absorb them into your own approach.

So why would it be any different in learning essential genealogy skills? Let’s see where we can find these skills, using The Family History Guide as our base for exploration.

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Starting Your Research With What you Already Know

Most of us want to know about our immigrant ancestor, the one who came across a border or crossed an ocean to come to America.  Unless you are a first generation immigrant, you have to work with United States (or the country of your birth) records first.  Continue reading “Starting Your Research With What you Already Know”

Integrating The Family History Guide “Countries” Section with Google Earth – a winning combination for family fun!

An exciting and memorable experience is in store when you combine using Google Earth with resources found in the Countries page of The Family History Guide (see Bob Taylor’s overview here). This is so much fun that it made the “top ten favorite family history activities” list at the Anderson home!

Research your family history countries together and then gather around to use google earth for finding the homelands, towns, and cities, and even more specific details of where your ancestors once lived. You can also zero in on places living family members dwell anywhere in the world. Returned missionaries love sharing stories as they highlight detailed imagery of the places they served.  As family members pinpoint the “nooks and crannies” of their travel adventures and locate family history sites, everyone is virtually experiencing that place together. View this tutorial, to learn how to preserve your “virtual travel” by saving screenshots for future reference, to share with others, and as you do family history research using The Family History Guide’s Countries page.

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Exploring the World with The Family History Guide

Finding international resources for your family history research is quick, easy, and powerful with The Family History Guide. Instead of spending time navigating through a maze of menus, you can get to your destination in a matter of seconds, using the Countries page. Let’s take a look at what it has to offer …

Getting There

You can access Countries from the links area The Family History Guide home page, or at the bottom of any of the Projects menus on the home page. For example:  Continue reading “Exploring the World with The Family History Guide”

Fostering Independent Learning with The Family History Guide

One of the things I love the most about The Family History Guide is how it allows a person to grow and learn independently.  Of course everyone needs help when they are getting started with family history, but how long can a person realistically sit at another person’s elbow as they go forward in their learning?  If we don’t foster that independent learning and their confidence that comes from it, we are doing them a disservice by creating a co-dependency.

I am not saying that we can only help them so long and then they are on their own.  Everyone is an individual with specific needs.  We should always be available to answer any questions that people have.  But if we don’t allow them to try on their own after a training period, they will not progress as they could and should.

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