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  • Settings Experienced Genealogists Should Change on Ancestry.com Right Now

    Are you an Ancestry.com subscriber and want to make sure you get the most out of the platform and have the best experience possible? Then I invite you to try to change some of the settings on your trees, protect your privacy, and enhance your family tree profiles. Change Your Site Preferences Site preferences on Ancestry.com help you filter out the hinting and messages you receive. You're telling your virtual research assistance how much or little communication you want. Let's review some of the options. Show Member Tree Hints Do you want to see hints for other people's trees show up in your hint list? Now, I have written about Tree Hints versus Record Hints before and which ones professional genealogists prefer. Ancestry lets you choose if you want to see either one or both. I'm not a big fan of the Member Trees. But, if I get stuck, then I'll look at them. Thus, I turn off the member tree hint suggestions. Yay!!! Ancestor Hints These hints are a little bit different than the Member Trees. The Ancestor Hints will show up on your pedigree chart or in your DNA match tools. What Ancestry does is recommend potential ancestors for you based on other members' family trees. Of course, not all of the recommendations are going to be accurate. But I don't mind this one as much as the tree hints in the hint list. Now, I prefer to leave this on. I recommend you do that as well. Which Trees For Hints? You can upload more than one tree to your Ancestry account. In this video, you'll notice that I have several separate family trees. This is because I am working on a variety of projects in the Southwest of the United States. So you can see the different tress I have there. Look at the hint icon in the top menu bar. When the drop-down menu pops up, from which trees do you want to see hints? For example, maybe I only want to see hints from my Geiszler/Brown tree. Then, I can select hint prompts for that tree and turn off suggestions from all other trees. This action is not permanent. We can change the hint preferences at any time. Community Preferences Do you want to connect with other family tree researchers? Please be honest here. If yes, choose the connect through Ancestry's message system. If no, then select "Do not allow other members to contact me." If you choose the option that members can contact you, I hope you'll respond when you get messages. Tree Color Did you know you can change the color of your family tree in the pedigree view? Well, you can. You can choose the background colors to be either gray, blue, teal, purple, or white. To see how to adjust the Ancestry.com settings, watch this video. Notification Preferences on Ancestry I might be odd, but I don't particularly appreciate receiving tons of emails in my inbox from different websites that I actively use. Ancestry allows me to customize the communications the platform sends to my inbox. Be sure to adjust yours to fit your research needs. You can opt to receive emails or on-platform notices for each of the following categories. Family Tree Hints - You can choose which specific trees you want Ancestry to inform you of new hints. DNA Matches - Whether you made one or multiple kits, you chose how to receive messages about new DNA matches or ThruLines. Family Tree Collaboration - Do you want an email each time other users update their family trees with photos, stories, or records? Education - how do you want to learn about new record collections, tools, or being a better genealogist? Feedback - Do you want to help improve the Ancestry platform? The ability to change how Ancestry.com communicates with you is one sanity saver that I hope you'll take advantage of immediately. ↪️ Do you want to dive even deeper into genetic genealogy, writing family histories, and climbing your family tree? Join the FHF Xtra Premium Membership and get a wealth of exclusive content. Adjust Your Ancestry Family Tree Settings on For each tree, be sure to add details in the following option: Tree Name Tree Description - Let others know the purpose and the goal of the tree you're building. Build Stories for Tree - This impacts the timeline in an ancestor profile. Do you want Ancestry to turn facts into a story starter? Select the home person for the base pedigree chart. (Also, identify who you are, if applicable, in the tree.) Privacy Settings - Do you mind if other users find your family tree? Use the Public Tree option. Do you want your research privatized but take advantage of genetic genealogy tools like ThruLines? Then select the Private Tree option. Are you working on a theory tree or a client research project? Then make your tree private but also select the option to "Also prevent your tree from being found in searches." Suppose you ever want to export your family tree to save to your computer, use for GEDmatch, MyHeritage, or Findmypast. In that case, you'll see the export option. If you want to transfer information to FamilySearch, use RootsMagic and watch this video to learn about that process. Your Ancestry Public Profile Ancestry's internal research studies have shown those who have a public profile with a photo and a little bit of biographical information receive more responses from other researchers. If you want to take advantage of the collaborative nature of Ancestry, be sure to: Add a photo Write a brief biography. Identify your family history experience level Specific your research interests - be clear about the lines in your family tree you most want to investigate Answer some fun questions Express whether you're willing to help others It isn't often someone who isn't an Ancestry employee tells you to change your setting preferences on Ancestry.com. However, as I have adjusted my settings, particularly the email notices and my profile, I have interacted with this genealogy website more positively than before. Plus, I'm really digging the teal background on the pedigree chart and ancestor profile pages. Which color do you like? More Ancestry Tips and Tricks You might like the following content from Family History Fanatics. How to Research Your Family Tree For Free on Ancestry How to handle people posting facts on Ancestry.com that are not true? How to Record Stillbirths On Your Family Tree Ancestry Tips: A Trick To Link Photos to Events in Your Family Tree Ancestry Hints - How to Accept Clues While Doing Genealogy Research

  • 9 Fantastic Google Chrome Extensions for Genealogists

    What's really great about having a Google account is that your extensions appear on any computer after you log into Chrome. If I'm using my aunt's computer in Ohio, at the local Family History library, or using one of the many computers in our home, I can access my extensions after I sign in. Perfect for a mobile lifestyle. 5 Go-To Chrome Extensions for Genealogy Grammarly - I LOVE Grammarly's extension. It makes it so that whether I'm typing posts and comments in Facebook genealogy groups, adding reason statements to FamilySearch, typing in emails on the services I use, or using Google Docs, I have the ability to edit my words. Some of these platforms have spellchecker but I can set my preferences for what audience I'm writing to using Grammarly. Dataminer - I use this tool to extract large quantities of data from databases. I've talked about how I use this tool in this video. Chrome Remote Desktop - Whenever Andy or I consult with a client, we use the Chrome Remote Desktop extension to access their workspaces. This way, they can share their screens but also, I can take control of their mouse to walk them through steps that are difficult to understand. If we're on the go and leave our laptops behind, we can also access our desktops from other locations. Pinterest Save Button - Pinterest is a great resource for saving blog posts, photos, articles, and more. Not every website makes it easy for your to pin something to your Pinterest board. Use this extension to make that process a whole lot easier. Disable Autoplay for YouTube - I use this extension when I'm searching on YouTube. When I find videos I want to watch, I open multiple tabs for these videos. I'll also open multiple tabs when I find videos using Google Search. This tool does not allow the video to play until I click play on the video in the tab. Trust me, this is a blessing! For a demonstration of my favorite Google Extensions, watch this video. 4 Want to Try Chrome Extensions WikiTree+ FHF Members told me this is definitely a must-use tool for WikiTree. Works with the WikiTree website in Edit mode and helps with editing templates, sources, bio, and more. If you saw my video about editing a profile on WikiTree, you'll know it was a little awkward and this tool is an attempt to make our lives easier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu3LIef9IeY Auto WikiTree Tables + Convert database content from FamilySearch, Ancestry, and Find A Grave into tables to use with WikiTree Profiles. RootsClipper - Copy records from genealogy websites and save them to FamilySearch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0DDAnj9iqs Easy Bib Toolbar - If you dislike creating source citations but want to cite your sources, then this might be a solution for you. ↪️ Would you like even more tips to become a better genealogist? Check out guides and resources available here. 3 Might Be Helpful for Others Extensions I don't use these extensions because I have alternatives that work better. But they are useful to many researchers. Ancestry Source Linker - quick way to attach an Ancestry.com source to multiple people on FamilySearch.org. Ancestry Media Download - Download your Ancestry media files. Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker - This tool is much like the standardization and year of existence prompts on FamilySearch and WikiTree. However, you can't check the location for boundary changes using Ancestry unless you have this tool. ↪️ Do you want to dive even deeper into genetic genealogy, writing family histories, and climbing your family tree? Join the FHF Xtra Premium Membership and get a wealth of exclusive content. You Might Also Like If you like doing genealogy online, you might also like these tips and tricks

  • Best Tips for Finding Your Female Ancestor in the Newspaper

    Ladies are often difficult to find in historical newspapers, but only if you do not know how to search for them. Try out these tips for finding your female ancestors in the printed press. What Newspaper Sections Document Female Ancestors? While gender doesn't prevent women from appearing in front-page stories, you'll often find your ladies lurking in the following typical newspaper sections. 1. Bridal News One story that will nearly always mention a female ancestor in the news occurs when she marries. Be advised. There is a variety of marriage-related information that you can find. Some of these include: marriage bans marriage licenses engagement announcements bridal showers ceremony recaps bridal photos For more tips on finding the marital announcements, be sure to check out this blog post [video] which highlighted keyword combinations you'll want to try. Don't limit yourself to the wedding announcements of your ancestor alone. They were often named in the articles featuring their children, siblings, and high school chums! Be sure to use the Newspaper Marriage Index on Ancestry.com for a filtered newspaper search. 2. Obituaries All good things come to an end. Women died just like the men. Thus, an obituary will often help us locate our female ancestors. The number of column inches allocated to an obituary varies for various reasons, but the longer, the better when we want to trace our ladies! Obituaries may document the life of the specific female you're researching. You may also find your lady mentioned due to her role as mother, child, sister, aunt, child, niece, grandmother, granddaughter, and even ex-wife. When seeking out obituaries, be sure to no a surname + death-related keyword search. This search should help you locate as many obituaries as possible. Also, utilize the Obituary Index on Ancestry.com for its targeted newspaper search. To see some newspaper examples, watch this video about finding female ancestors in newspapers. 3. Orpah's Court Announcements Court proceedings frequently appeared in the press. One favorite find involves orphan's court announcements. When minors were left without living parents who happened to have property and wealth, their inheritance and care required a legal guardian. Likewise, legal issues required court proceedings. Those proceedings often appeared in the local paper. Orphan court announcements come in handy when you have a female that doesn't seem to have parents. Sometimes, you may discover an appointment of a guardian in the press and learn two things (1) a possible relative and (2) when and where to search court records for more details. 4. Society News Humans are social creatures, and ladies do a lot of socializing. Therefore, you should become very familiar with the society columns. In addition, ladies will often appear in news nuggets of attending parties, falling ill, traveling to visit family, arriving in town for a stay, hosting events, and so much more. For more tips on searching the society news, check out this blog post [video]. If at any time you would like the assistance of an experienced genealogist, check out our friends over at Legacy Tree Genealogists. and tell them Devon Noel Lee referred you. 5. School News Do you have an educator in your family tree? Or, did your female relative attend school? You might be surprised just how many articles appear in the newspaper about educators and their students. Search for the hiring, salary increases, presentations, and retirement of your female teachers. Also, look for enrollment, presentations, graduation, and honors for the female students. Female athletes also received ink regarding the competitions in which they participated. For more places to search for your female ancestors, be sure to check out this terrific blog post by Newspapers.com. ↪️ Are you struggling to break through your brick walls? Grab your copy of this FREE Brick Wall Busting Guide: How Do Ladies Appear in the Newspapers? Knowing is half the battle. Thus, besides knowing where to look for a female ancestor, we must know how their names may appear. 1. Her Name May Be Misspelled Did your ancestor have any name other than Sally Smith? If so, chances are her name will appear incorrectly at times. For instance, one female ancestor appears as: Marymae Titus (correct name) Maime Titus Mary May Litus Mariame Titan Be open to having your ancestor's name appear not as it should. 2. Her full name may not appear Newspapers rarely had enough space to fully document all the news that was fit to print. Thus, editors used many tricks to truncate names. Additionally, cultural practices might also prefer a female appear as Mrs. Robert Bolton rather than Mrs. Camilla Bolton, who happened to be married to Robert. Therefore, search for your female ancestors by: maiden surname only married surname only surname + initials surname + given name abbreviations (Eliz for Elizabeth) 3. Her Name May be Incorrectly Scanned Since you will discover more stories in the newspapers using searchable databases than browsing page by page, you have to know this next limitation. Compares scanned newspapers to create digital images. Then programs will generate text that we can search using forms on Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, and Chronicling America. Those optical scans often misread the text, especially when the physical page has any flaw such as inkblots, warped text lines, and more. Be sure to become familiar with using OCR substitutes in your online newspaper search strategies. You can find those search variations by clicking here. For more tips on searching newspapers for your females, check out this blog post. More Tips for Genealogy Research Newspapers How to work around OCR errors in newspaper research Use Keywords in Newspaper Research to Find Genealogy Gold Write About A Day in the Life of Your Ancestors Using Newspapers Explore the Social Life of Your Ancestors Using Old Newspapers From Birth to Death: Researching Your Ancestor's Vital Events Using Newspapers

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  • Downsizing Your Home But Preserve Family History | Family History Fanatics

    Organizing Downsizing Preserving Downsizing Your Genealogy Research Believe it or not, you have more when you keep less. Discover how you can downsize your home while preserving your family history. What To Do With Old Family Photos While Preserving Family History Modifying Surname Tables for Adoptees and Patronymics 6 Helpful Books for Family Historians Scanning vs Photographing Genealogy Documents Downsize Your Unnecessarily Large Family Tree Downsizing Your Collections While Preserving Family History How to Downsize Your Genealogy Files Why Downsizing Tips Don’t Work Need to Downsize Your Home? What to Do Before you Begin How to Preserve the Treasures in Your Home Downsizing Your Family Group Sheets 5 Tips for Donating Your Genealogy Even more posts >>> Save your heritage by keeping less. Discover guidelines for what to save from your family treasures and what to give to new homes. ​ Follow action plans that take you from downsizing overwhelm to peace no matter how long you have until you must decrease your household items and save your family legacy. Learn more

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    Exclusive Genealogy Training for FHF Xtra Members Genealogy education should be fun and informative. ​ As an FHF Xtra YouTube Channel Member, you will access members-only training and our video archive! Each month, you'll receive access to a members-only live stream and a webinar from our in-person presentations or direct to video. You'll also receive loyalty badges that will appear as you participate in public lives streams and video premieres. ​ Show your support for Family History Fanatics and increase your access to a wealth of genealogy training. ​ Click on a category to see what video content awaits you as soon as you subscribe. New This Month Join FHF Xtra Now Videos Available to FHF Xtra Members DNA Research Writing If you are a member of FHF Xtra, use these categories to access members-only category-specific content. Organize Misc Upcoming FHF Xtra Training

  • Genealogy Research Made Easier | Family History Fanatics

    Fun and Informative Genealogy Education Discovering our family histories can be frustrating and challenging. We share simplified and applicable instructions, so you strengthen your family by enthusiastically learning from your genealogical past. ​ We help you understand your DNA , climb your family tree , and write your ancestors ' stories along the way. Family History Education With You In Mind Since 2016, Andy and Devon Noel Lee have produced YouTube videos twice a week with regular live streams and exclusive premium content for channel members . We've generated videos with more than 4 million views in a small niche. The videos include how to use online genealogy websites like FamilySearch , MyHeritage , Ancestry , and Findmypast. Other videos explain how to research DNA matches on 23andMe, MyHeritage, Ancestry, and GEDmatch. Additionally, we've managed educational and entertaining virtual conferences and workshops for the genetic genealogist , the intermediate genealogist , and the family history writer. That's not all. You can read one of our Amazon Best Selling books or review one of over 400 family history blog posts to make climbing your family tree easier. ​ Our philosophy is that if family history isn't fun, you're doing it wrong. We present family history education from one fanatic to another. In our community events, you are amongst friends, and no question is ever too silly to not receive an answer. Viewers' comments and suggestions are what generate the content we make. ​ If you aren't finding what you need to learn, then send us a video or blog suggestion.

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