March, 2015 Magazine – Computers Wednesday, Mar 4 2015 

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November 2008, V7#11: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 10 2009 

Have your tried yet? It started life as vivisimo – it “pre-sorts” your results by topic. No more wading Miami, Florida results when looking for Miami, Oklahoma or Ohio!

June 2008, V7#6: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

When searching online, never forget to try more than one search engine.

May 2005, V4#5: Genealogy Monday, Jan 5 2009 

Still looking for that lost ancestor?  When you run across the right surname in a general area at the correct time, never discard this information.  This data may be the same family (yea!) or different (boo!), but one can rarely tell when finding the data originally.  Likewise, a group that appears not to be related when the information is found, may be related and you uncover the link ten years later.  Don’t rely on research data sheets to go back and find information you uncovered 20 years ago: records get misplaced, misfiled, moved, go through natural deterioration, in some cases are discarded or destroyed, not to mention acts of God or vandalism.

September 2004, V3#9: Genealogy Sunday, Jan 4 2009 

Many people when researching forget to use reference materials in concert.  While this sounds strange, sometimes it doesn’t even cross their minds.  Example: Found the ancestor in the census but that year doesn’t have everything you want (or you prefer more than one documented source) – look in other state, county, and local records as well as local newspapers.  Could they have belonged to a local church or (fraternal) organization?  Don’t leave these out of the search!

March 2003, V2#3: Genealogy Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Though it is real easy, don’t fall into a “parent trap”.  While getting oral history including stories, dates, relations is an invaluable tool for the beginning genealogist (indeed, a great book starting activity), always take the time to obtain records for all information gained in this manner.  This record search can be something you do with the relative providing the information or independently.

December 2004, V3#12: Computer Thursday, Dec 25 2008 

Alternate Searching

Stuck at a roadblock and just sure your information isn’t online?  If you try different search strategies, you may “get lucky”.  Especially if researching an ethnicity, consider adding or substituting the “foreign” word for English such as the Dutch word for birth or born if looking for a Dutch birth record.