Handwriting vs. the Computer

The modern age has brought a movement away from writing with pen and paper. Younger people may look upon it as “old fashioned,” and perhaps there is a certain amount of truth to that. Yet studies have shown the benefits of writing by hand instead of typing on a computer.  There are other reasons why … Read moreHandwriting vs. the Computer

Researching Our LGBT Ancestors

As we celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, this year’s LGBTQ Pride Month is more significant than ever. It is a well-established fact that ever since there have been humans on the earth, there have been LGBTQ people. Noted historian John Boswell traced our history from our unions in Greco-Roman times to the Church-sanctified … Read moreResearching Our LGBT Ancestors

Seasons of Genealogy: 131,400-Minute Check In

Back at the beginning of January I posted about goals and resolutions and setting yourself up for success with your genealogical research in 2019. As difficult as it may be to believe, the first quarter of the year is in the history books. So have you done so far? (If you missed that post, go … Read moreSeasons of Genealogy: 131,400-Minute Check In

Have You Written Your Obituary Yet?

Genealogists are obsessed with finding our family’s stories. We spend countless hours combing through records, attempting to recreate our ancestors’ lives. If we’re lucky we find letters or diaries that give us an insight into who our ancestors were. Unfortunately, it is all too often the case that there is no surviving correspondence or diary.  … Read moreHave You Written Your Obituary Yet?

Power Tips for Using Word

This blog post was inspired by a Facebook post made by my friend (and colleague in the Boston University Certificate in Genealogy Program) Julie Michutka about styles in Microsoft Word. Even as a Mac user, I understand that Word provides a great deal of functionality that isn’t offered by other word processors, and is very … Read morePower Tips for Using Word

Postal Abbreviations for Genealogists

Today we are quite used to addressing our mail with a two-capital-letter abbreviation for the U.S. state or Canadian province/territory. These codes, however, have not been around forever. They have not even been around for the entire existence of living people. It was not until 1963 the the U.S. Post Office required the use of … Read morePostal Abbreviations for Genealogists

ASG Scholar Award

For 77 years, the American Society of Genealogists is the most prestigious organization in our field. Membership is limited to 50 individuals who are leading published scholars in the field of American genealogy. It promotes the highest standards of scholarship in the field. Each year they present the ASG Scholar Award. This annual scholarship provides … Read moreASG Scholar Award