Keep the Date on Newspaper Clippings
I have been scanning obituaries from a file that my mother kept of family. I am most disturbed by the lack of date and sometimes name of the paper–just an old yellowed announcement and not even the year on most obituaries. When youâ€™re clipping newspaper articles to save, be sure to include the name and date of the newspaper.
Nancy Cragun Day
Double-check Place Names
I am using Family Tree Maker 2008 which I think is great as I have been able to add so much more to my tree with this version. I am looking forward to the 2009 update.
I would like to point out that you should be careful when entering the birth, death, marriage places info from “Hints” into your trees. I have found quite a few errors in other peoples trees that are a definite match with mine and I wonder if they accidentally just clicked on the wrong one.
For example, ancestors who I know for sure were born, married, and died in the Kent, England, being shown as in a place with a similar place name like Kent, Connecticut, USA. Always double-check and make sure the type-ahead features didn’t choose the wrong location.
Judi Soutar-New Zealand
Label Your Genealogy Binders and Folders
I’ve created labels to put on all of the genealogy binders and folders I bring with me to libraries or anywhere else I research. They include my name and phone number with the message that if anyone finds them to please call and that I will gladly reimburse the finder for return postage to mail them back to me. Hopefully, should I ever lose one, I’ll be able to get it back this way.
Huntington Beach, California
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