Lineage Societies – What gives?!

I am trying hard not to make this a rant so I’ll let you know up front that I’m very frustrated with many of the lineage societies’ directions and interpretations of what they consider acceptable. In the past year, I’ve completed a number of society applications for clients and myself.  It seems each time there … Continue reading “Lineage Societies – What gives?!”

Lineage Society Disappointments

The New Year (and decade) is well underway and I’ve been putting off my Genealogy Goals for the year.  Why?  I’m one of those people that just won’t let something go if I’ve committed to it.  My last year goal was to honor my ancestors through various lineage societies.  My thought process was the more … Continue reading “Lineage Society Disappointments”

Lineage Society Application Tips

Most of my client work this past summer has been for assistance in joining a lineage society. The reasons for the interest varied; one elderly gentleman wanted to give memberships to grandchildren as holiday gifts, several had affiliating with an organization on their bucket list and decided the time was right to pursue membership, and … Continue reading “Lineage Society Application Tips”

October Genealogical Coincidences Part 2

 Yesterday, hubby and I visited his 1st and 2nd cousins who we have not seen for almost 50 years! After my coincidence series ends I’ll be writing about ways to connect with family that has become disconnected. I think it will be helpful to you with the holidays approaching. As Spooky October continues, here’s another … Continue reading “October Genealogical Coincidences Part 2”

My Tree Tags – Trying Out’s New Feature

Two weekends ago I tried using My Tree Tags on and I think you’ll like this new feature.  For years, I’ve wished that there was a way to flag my ancestors so I could create various lists of my folks.  This feature will do that and more. To try it for yourself, click on … Continue reading “My Tree Tags – Trying Out’s New Feature”

African American Research Online

Without a doubt, researching African American genealogy in the U.S. has never been easy, even though Alex Haley made it look like it was in Roots.  Sure, you can go back to the 1870 census but it often takes hours of Boots on the Ground to determine lineage before the Civil War. Perhaps that’s about to … Continue reading “African American Research Online”

Test Driving and Making an Amazing Find!

I had a free account with MyHeritage but I was never a subscriber until recently when a 50% discount offer was made for members of the National Genealogical Society.  I believe the discount is now offered for a limited time to everyone – check it out here.  I decided to give it a try and … Continue reading “Test Driving and Making an Amazing Find!”


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Pursuing Genealogy on a Shoestring Budget – Association Memberships

Originally published on on 29 May 2016. Genealogy is expensive!  There’s costs for membership to associations and online databases, travel, research supplies, vital records, mailing, and conferences.  When doing our taxes earlier this year the reality of the expenses hit me.  When I received an email recently from a reader who mentioned how the … Continue reading “Pursuing Genealogy on a Shoestring Budget – Association Memberships”