"How do I evaluate conflicting evidence in my family history?" Read on to discover tips from professional genealogists.A common medical aphorism states, “When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.” Essentially, this means that when making a diagnosis, doctors should avoid jumping to an exotic conclusion when there is a more commonplace explanation. The same principle applies when evaluating genealogical evidence.One of the most common mistakes a novice researcher can make is coming up with a wild or convoluted theory when encountering something in a record that doesn’t make sense. However, the reality is, most of the time, the simplest answer is the correct one, and while unusual circumstances did happen, they are just that, unusual.Although any small detail can feel extraordinary when learning about your ancestors, the explanation for contradictory evidence is usually simple, but may require thinking outside the box. Here are some tips to follow when evaluating …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. We asked one of our onsite researchers to share an inside look at the resources available for family history research at various Australian archives.Australian archives can be broadly sorted into governmental, public and private collections. They can occur at each of the three levels of government (federal, state and local), within other public institutions such as state libraries, or within private organisations – either the creating body such as the Lutheran Church of Australia or collecting bodies such as genealogical and historical societies.There is a certain lack of consistency about which records can be found in which archives for any particular record type or series before the mid 20th century. As such, it is important to know at least which state or territory your family member lived in.It’s also important to remember several key points about searching these …Read more
As employers and employees around the globe scramble to implement and adjust to remote work options in the face of COVID-19, for Legacy Tree employees, it's just another day "in the office". Legacy Tree Genealogists has been a remote-based company since its inception in 2004--allowing us to attract top talent regardless of geographical location, access records around the globe for our clients, and grow our company to allow us to serve even more individuals and families worldwide.As work from home veterans, our team shares some of our best tips for overcoming common remote work challenges while staying organized and productive:#1: Have a dedicated work spaceNot everyone has a designated home office, but it's crucial to have a private, quiet space for your work, free of distractions. Create a workspace you can walk away from (even if that's just shutting a laptop), and stick to a regular work schedule as much as possible. This helps you mentally separate work from personal …Read more
Social distancing got you down? We've compiled a list of genealogy-focused Coronavirus quarantine activities.With social distancing and self-isolation policies implemented around the globe, now is a great time to focus on researching the ancestors that have come before us. Learning about their lives and the struggles they endured can provide perspective, hope, and appreciation for the journey-takers that helped write the pages of our own story.Not sure where to begin? We've created a fun printable Genealogy Bingo game to help get you started. Carpe diem and use this time period of cleared social calendars and fewer obligations to make some serious progress on your personal family history.Find grandparents in census records. Maybe you “know” they were living in a specific location, but can’t find them. Now’s the time to explore deep search techniques if you haven’t already, such as searching with wildcards, searching only by surname or first name, searching by combinations …Read more