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Preparing Your Genealogy Research for the 1950 Census Using City Directories

Apr 26, 2021

[This article is by Diana Crisman Smith for Research Write Connect]

 

Have you heard the exciting news? The 1950 U.S. Federal Census will be released on 1 April 2022!

I’ve been waiting for this one to see what all the family that I know were up to at that time (I hadn’t yet made my initial appearance). It is understood that, as with the 1940 census, it is planned to be released UNINDEXED, then crowdsourcing will index it. It was expected that would take a year - but you know how impatient genealogists are: we got together on several platforms and went to work - it was done in 6 months. I expect 1950 will be a similar effort.

 

Blank 1950 Census Form

In the meantime, however, there will be records out there that we want to see NOW. This will be possible, but that means you need to know where to look. There are some aids in development which will help. But we need to do some homework first.

1. Figure out who was living in 1950 and start trying to put...

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Spring Fling Sale! Save on All Courses and Coaching at Research Write Connect

Apr 22, 2021

Now that spring is finally here, it is the perfect time to plant and prune your family tree, and spruce up your family history stories! 

If you need a bit of help getting started, sign up now for one of our great genealogy or writing courses or 1:1 writing coaching packages at Research Write Connect and save $20 with our Spring Fling Sale! Use promo code SPRING21 - valid through 30 April 2021.

All courses are self-paced with no designated start or end dates so you can learn according to your own schedule.

Perfect for Beginners

We have several courses for those just beginning their genealogical journey or writing process, including:

Beginning Genealogy: Starting Off Right with Cheri Passey - Learn the basics of beginning your genealogy journey to make sure you are starting off right. Learn how to start and find records. Click here to register now.

Finding Your Family History on the Giant Genealogy Websites (with Sunny Jane Morton) - Learn how to...

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Celebrate Women's History Month: Finding Your Female Ancestors Course

Mar 03, 2021
 

When I began my genealogy research some 30 years ago, I started with researching my maternal grandmother. In those days before online databases, I spent countless hours digging through old documents and corresponding with various archives and repositories to obtain records to verify family stories.

In hindsight, choosing a woman for my first research project may not have been the best strategy since historically women are typically more difficult to track down. Eventually, I learned enough details about my grandmother's life to write my book Three Slovak Women. I overcame many research challenges and I can help you find your elusive female ancestors.

March is National Women's History Month and to celebrate, I'm excited to announce a discount on my course Finding Your Female Ancestors available at Research, Write, Connect!

This course is packed full of information from my 30+ years of researching female ancestors!

Limited Time: Save $20 

Register today and take $20 off the...

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New Course: Vital Events 101: The What, Why, and How

Jan 26, 2021

 [This article is by Diana Crisman Smith for Research Write Connect]

There is DEFINITELY more to vital events than dates! When I first started in genealogy (more than 50 years ago), I received a document with the names, relationships, and dates of birth and death for the descendants of my 2nd great-grandparents on my paternal grandfather’s paternal side. I also had the opportunity to interview my paternal grandfather’s mother to get the same information on her descendants. WOW! What a start. Then I obtained similar information from my maternal grandparents on their parents’ families. By the time I was 12 I had the descendants of ALL my genetic and “bonus” great-grandparents.

However, there was not a single place included in the documents I was given and NO sources. The interviews were primarily names and relationships, with a few dates or places, but it was a starting place. All these years later, I’m still trying to prove a few of...

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Black Friday Sale: Save 50% on Research Write Connect Courses and Coaching

Nov 25, 2020

 We are having a Black Friday Bonanza Sale at Research Write Connect!

Whether you are a beginner who wants to explore family history, understand DNA testing and specific record sets, or an experienced researcher hoping to write your family history, or master using Scrivener writing software, then take advantage of our Black Friday Bonanza Sale and save 50% on all classes and 1:1 Coaching services at Research, Write, Connect through Monday, 30 November 2020!  (Note: Offer is not valid on past purchases).

All courses are self-paced with no set start or end dates so you can begin at a date and time that suits your schedule! These are the lowest prices of the year on our courses/coaching so you don't want to miss out on this deal!
 
Use promo code THANKS50 at checkout to claim your 50% savings!

Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 November 2020.
 
Learn more about these courses by clicking the links below.

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New Course: Finding Your Family History in the Genealogy Giants

Oct 23, 2020
 

Are you overwhelmed with trying to locate information about  your ancestors on the major genealogy websites?  Unsure of which site is the best one to use for your research?

Then the new Research Write Connect online workshop, Finding Your Family History in the Genealogy Giants, taught by popular genealogy lecturer Sunny Jane Morton, will answer those questions and teach you how to maximize your use of four of the world’s leading genealogy websites: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage. 

Who should take this class?

This workshop is designed for “advanced beginner” genealogists who have already learned basic skills like those taught in the Research Write Connect course, Beginning Genealogy: Starting Off Right. But it’s also perfect for experienced researchers who may have logged lots of years in libraries but aren’t so confident online.

Workshop design

This workshop is tightly focused on finding historical...

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Great Genealogy Finds in U.S. Government Records

Oct 05, 2020

[This article is by Paula Stuart-Warren for Research Write Connect]

When I decided to join Research Write Connect Academy, I had some ideas for courses. Compiling the course Researching U.S. Government Records 101 was done first as I hoped that students would get as excited as I am about the fantastic information found in these records. Then I hoped they would delve into the various finding aids at the U.S National Archives (NARA) website. Oh, did they get excited and involved!

I’ve spent many years researching at the National Archives locations in Washington, DC, College Park, Maryland, and several of the regional locations. At any one of these locations, I could still spend many years delving into records.

I may be guilty of getting a whole lot of students itching to visit one of these locations. The course shows not only online material, but also some of the textual records that still remain at NARA. The details all these records hold are phenomenal. My reward for the work...

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Celebrate Your Roots in October: Free Guide: 31 Days to Discover Your Family History

Oct 01, 2020

Happy Family History Month!

At Research Write Connect we are kicking off October's National Family History Month by offering a FREE PDF Download: "31 Days to Discover Your Family History"  that you can use to work on one genealogy/family history task each day this month.

This guide has one tip for each day of October to help you research your family tree, organize, preserve, and write family stories, and much more!

We will be featuring a few of our favorite tips throughout the month on this blog and our social media channels, so follow us there!

For example, for today, 1 October 2020, our first tip is:

Set the stage for Family History Month by listening to inspiring tunes, such as Neil Diamond’s “America”, "We are Family" by Sister Sledge, or “Lady Liberty” by Orleans. Creating a playlist of your favorite songs is a good way to stay motivated as you make progress on your family tree!

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Featured Course: The Genealogical Proof Standard: A Guide for Your Genealogy Journey

Sep 23, 2020

Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard in your research process is a must for every genealogist.

All levels of experience can benefit from a study of the Genealogical Proof Standard  (GPS).

Whether you are just beginning your genealogy journey or have traveled many miles up your tree, the GPS is a necessary tool to help ensure you are on the correct path to discover your ancestors.

You can learn how to use the GPS in a new course "The Genealogical Proof Standard: A Guide for Your Genealogy Journey" taught by professional genealogist Cheri Hudson Passey.

View the full course information page here.  

Expert instructor Cheri Passey offers a quick glimpse of what you will learn in this course at Research Write Connect.  Learn more about your instructor here.

In The Genealogical Proof Standard-A Guide for Your Genealogy Journey, the 5 Elements of the GPS will be discussed and put into practice. We will talk about what exactly is reasonably...

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Featured Course: Crafting Your Memoir

Sep 19, 2020
 

 Have you thought about writing your life story or sharing your life experiences with others?

Memoir is one of the most popular, yet controversial writing genres out there today. It’s a story only you can tell, and the good news is you don’t have to be a professional writer to do it.

Our new course "Crafting Your Memoir" will walk you step-by-step through the fun and exciting process of authoring your own life, and help you tap into your creative muse.

 

If you've ever thought about writing your life story, now is the time!

Sign up before 30 September 2020 and save 50% the regular price of $97.00, now just $48.50 with promo code MEMOIR50.

Click here to register now!

This self-paced course is taught by expert instructor, Lisa Alzo, a professional writer and writing coach.

About the Course

Each of us has a story to tell; a rich past to explore.  Don’t know where to begin? Think it is too difficult? No time?

This course...

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