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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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Genealogy Research Tip: Why I Love Directories

Sep 12, 2020

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

I must admit, I do love directories for genealogy. Not just city directories, but any kind of directory.

City directories are the best for some purposes, but there are so many other “cool” things available. Here are a few of my favorite things:

  • Tracking a person (or family) through time.
  • Finding interesting juxtapositions of time and place.
  • Learning new facts - for example, residence or occupation.
  • Gaining context.
  • Picking up clues for further investigation.
  • Finding addresses for property searches; or finding the exact location of a farmer from a rural directory.

So what do I mean? Here are just a few examples from my research.

In Des Moines, Iowa, city directory for the year I was born, I found that my grandparents showed 5 residents. Now, I remember that house well - adding the three of us to my grandparents, we barely fit in it for a weekend until I was in junior high and they added on to the...

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Genealogy Research Tip: Using Autosomal DNA to Connect Families

Sep 11, 2020

[This article is written by Regina Negrycz for Research, Write, Connect]

Autosomal DNA has helped me to connect two Dalton families together when records do not exist.

The Daltons on my maternal side have lived in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland for over 150 years. We can trace them back to William Dalton born circa 1810. Civil registration in Ireland for non-Roman Catholic marriages began in 1845 but registration of all marriages, deaths and births began in 1864. Parish records, depending upon the parish, began earlier. To date, we have not yet found William’s baptism and we do not know his parents’ names.


In August 2008 my mother and I visited Ireland and I introduced my mother to her second cousin, Bob Dalton, whom I had met in 1997. Bob is the 2nd great-grandson of William. Bob took the Y-DNA 37 marker test, which we upgraded in 2009 to the 67 marker test and became part of the Dalton Surname Family Tree DNA project.


In 2011, Bill (William F.) Dalton of the U.S....

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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Diana Crisman Smith

Sep 01, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families.


Diana Crisman Smith has been researching her family history since grade school. She has been attending conferences, writing, teaching and presenting to genealogical audiences for over 40 years.

Her research experience began with her own families in Denmark, Canada, and the US - including three Mayflower ancestors. She has added client research, aiding patrons at the local LDS Family History Search Center as a lay librarian for more than twenty years, and traveling to genealogical repositories around the country (and in Denmark) to explore family history resources.

Diana has written feature and how-to articles and product reviews for online and print publications, including Heritage Quest, FamilyTree Magazine,...

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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Paula Stuart-Warren

Aug 30, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families.


 

 

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA is a genealogical and historical researcher, lecturer, writer, and research coach. She is based in Minnesota but research has taken her to locations and repositories across the U.S. She has done presentations on various topics for national, state, and local groups in the U.S., Canada, and on cruise ships. Her specialties include unusual records, analysis, research planning, problem-solving, manuscript and archival repositories, railroads, and Native American genealogy. For ten years, she lived in the Washington, DC area for weeks at a time while researching at the National Archives and other area repositories. She last researched at the Archives in DC at the...

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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Cheri Hudson Passey

Aug 29, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families.


 

Cheri Hudson Passey is a Professional Genealogist, Instructor, Writer, and Speaker and the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC.

Cheri works as a genealogical researcher, subcontracted by Eagle Investigative Services, Inc., for the US Army Past Conflict Repatriations Branch.

She also enjoys speaking and writing about the many aspects of family history and has spoken at local, and state workshops, organizations, and conferences.

Cheri is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, The NextGen Genealogy Network, and many other societies. Her blog, Carolina Girl Genealogy has been instrumental in connecting with and sharing information about her family and the...

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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Regina Negrycz

Aug 28, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families.


 

 Regina Negrycz began researching her family history when she was eight years old. She wears many hats for her local genealogy society, is a member of seven other societies, serving as a proofreader on one of those societies.

Regina's interest in DNA has earned her a teaching role in Salt Lake City each December at the Salt Lake Christmas Tour. She recently spoke at the Genetic Genealogy of Ireland Conference in Dublin, Ireland in October, 2019.

Regina has also published two DNA quick guides with Family Roots Publishing. Her love of city directories has led to the acquisition of approximately 1,000 city directories which are being documented in a unique database. Regina is on the board for a Friends Group...

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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Lisa Alzo

Aug 27, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families. 


 

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She grew up in Duquesne, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

Lisa is the author of eleven books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide [affiliate link], and the award-winning Three Slovak Women, [affiliate link] and hundreds of magazine articles.

Lisa is a...

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Learn with Us at Research Write Connect

Aug 21, 2020
 

Are you looking for a way to improve your genealogy research or writing skills? 

Then check out the offerings at Research, Write, Connect, a premiere online educational website.

I started Research, Write, Connect as a way to bring my knowledge and passion for writing and family history to the forefront in a dynamic learning environment. My goal is to help aspiring writers and students by facilitating their journey into the past and connection to the future. You can read our initial press release here.

The academy feature courses in writing and genealogy from expert instructors, including: Lisa Alzo, Diana Crisman Smith, Regina Negrycz, Cheri Passey, and Paula Stuart-Warren. Meet the instructors.

More instructors will be joining our team soon!

For announcements of new courses and special discounts, be sure to sign up for the Research Write Connect newsletter. 
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