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Write It Down: Tips for Recording Family History

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Published on Jan 9, 2013

Family history is about a whole lot more than filling in the name, date and place blanks on a pedigree chart. Join Crista as she shares some easy ways you can record those family stories and memories for generations to come.

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  1. 34

    Family Tree Maker: Notes

  2. 35

    FindAGrave: The Mobile App

  3. 36

    FindAGrave 101

  4. 37

    World War I and World War II Draft Registration Cards

  5. 38

    The Obituary Daily Times Index and the U.S. Obituary Collection

  6. 39

    Stop Searching. Start Browsing.

  7. 40

    Civil Registration versus Church Records

  8. 41

    What's New at Ancestry.com: May 2014 Edition

  9. 42

    Discovering Your Quaker Ancestors

  10. 43

    Five Things You Can Do This Weekend to Clean Up Your Family Tree

  11. 44

    Same Name - Different Man

  12. 45

    AncestryDNA: Making the Cousin Connection

  13. 46

    Discover More About Your Ancestors in Tax Records

  14. 47

    What's In A Will

  15. 48

    What's New at Ancestry.com: April 2014 Edition

  16. 49

    Genealogy Spring Cleaning

  17. 50

    How Irish Are You?

  18. 51

    State Research Guides and Place Pages

  19. 52

    Updating Your Ancestry.com Profile Page and Other Account Settings

  20. 53

    Maximize Your Search Time on Ancestry.com

  21. 54

    Googling Your Family History

  22. 55

    Genealogy To Do Lists

  23. 56

    Correcting Mistakes in Your Own Family Tree

  24. 57

    Some Genealogy Records Have No Names

  25. 58

    AncestryDNA: Contacting and Collaborating with Cousins

  26. 59

    Love Stories in Your Family Tree

  27. 60

    Highlights from RootsTech 2014

  28. 61

    African American Family History Research: Breaking the 1870 Wall

  29. 62

    Soundex, Wildcards and Other Search Options

  30. 63

    Understanding Baptismal Records

  31. 64

    What Do I Enter Into My Family Tree? Resolving Conflicting Evidence

  32. 65

    Top Tips for Beginning Latin American Research

  33. 66

    Overcoming Preconceived Notions for Family History Success

  34. 67

    New York Family History Research

  35. 68

    Understanding More About the Records You Are Using

  36. 69

    Family History Goals for 2014

  37. 70

    Timely Tips to Trim the Family Tree

  38. 71

    Rating Your Genealogy Sources

  39. 72

    How Laws Affect the Records Created About Your Ancestors

  40. 73

    It's Family History NOT Personal History

  41. 74

    Sharing Family History With the Genealogically Challenged

  42. 75

    Getting the Most Out of the 1921 Canada Census

  43. 76

    Favorite Resources of Professional Genealogists

  44. 77

    More Opportunities for Genealogy Education

  45. 78

    Going Beyond The Shaky Leaf

  46. 79

    Top Tips for Beginning Italian Family History Research

  47. 80

    Top Tips for Beginning Jewish Family History Research

  48. 81

    Using the Ancestry.com Card Catalog

  49. 82

    Ancestry.com Learning Center

  50. 83

    Family History Records Are Telling More Stories Than Ever

  51. 84

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Photo Comments and Other Collaboration Tools

  52. 85

    Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: What Your Ancestors' Occupations Can Teach You

  53. 86

    Shoebox from Ancestry.com - It's a Scanner in Your Pocket

  54. 87

    Discovering Your Colonial Immigrant Ancestor

  55. 88

    New England Birth, Marriage and Death Records

  56. 89

    Researching Newspapers to Find Genealogy Gold

  57. 90

    What Does the War of 1812 Mean for Your Genealogy Research?

  58. 91

    Using Tax Records for Family History Research

  59. 92

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Uploading Pictures and Documents

  60. 93

    Putting Your Ancestors' Lives in Historical Context

  61. 94

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Privacy and Sharing

  62. 95

    Using City Directories in Your Research

  63. 96

    Browsing Records on Ancestry.com

  64. 97

    How To Request Information From An Archive

  65. 98

    Top Tips for Beginning English Family History Research

  66. 99

    Family History Focus to Grow Your Family Tree

  67. 100

    Ancestry.com Online Family Trees: Story View

  68. 101

    Cousins Marrying Cousins? Don't Duplicate People in Your Family Tree

  69. 102

    Top Tips for Canadian Family History Research

  70. 103

    Ancestry.com Family History Wiki

  71. 104

    Taking a Family History Vacation

  72. 105

    Ethical Considerations in Family History

  73. 106

    Convicts and Criminals In Your Family Tree

  74. 107

    Honoring Those Who Died In Service To Their Country

  75. 108

    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

  76. 109

    Top Tips for Beginning German Family History Research

  77. 110

    Collaborate With Others to Grow Your Family Tree

  78. 111

    More Strategies for Finding Your Female Ancestors

  79. 112

    Clues in Non Marriage Records

  80. 113

    Little Used Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  81. 114

    First Comes Love, Then Comes... The Marriage Index?

  82. 115

    How to Find Marriage Records on Ancestry.com

  83. 116

    Tips For Telling Your Family Stories

  84. 117

    Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls

  85. 118

    How to Handle Name Changes in Your Family Tree

  86. 119

    Researching Irish Records

  87. 120

    Beginning Irish Research

  88. 121

    RootsTech and Other Genealogy Conferences and Events

  89. 122

    I Started My Family Tree. Now What?

  90. 123

    Finding Late 19th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  91. 124

    Finding Early 20th Century Immigrant Ancestors

  92. 125

    Smart Search: Tips & Tricks

  93. 126

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy (Part 2)

  94. 127

    Resources for African American Genealogy Research

  95. 128

    Family History Myths Dispelled

  96. 129

    Using Ancestry.com Like A Pro

  97. 130

    Which Source Do I Believe? Evaluating Evidence

  98. 131

    Clean Up Your Family Tree

  99. 132

    Merging Duplicates In Your Family Tree

  100. 133

    Cousin Bait: Blogging to Find Your Family

  101. Write It Down: Tips for Recording Family History

  102. 135

    Telling Your Family Story with special guest, author Ryan Littrell

  103. 136

    Spelling Doesn't Count: Tips for Finding Your Ancestors

  104. 137

    Genealogy: Part History, Part Mystery

  105. 138

    Back to the Basics: Genealogy 101

  106. 139

    Search Ancestry.com Like A Detective

  107. 140

    [Private Video]

  108. 141

    Free Genealogy Records: Where to Find Them and How to Contribute

  109. 142

    CYA: Don't Get Caught With Your Hand in the Genealogy Cookie Jar

  110. 143

    Maps: A Path to Your Ancestors

  111. 144

    Yearbooks and Other Photo Collections

  112. 145

    Interviewing Family Members to Grow Your Family Tree

  113. 146

    Using the Dawes Rolls to Research Native American Ancestry

  114. 147

    Discovering Our Veterans - Finding Military Service Details

  115. 148

    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

  116. 149

    Quick Ways To Share Your Family History

  117. 150

    Tombstone Photography Dos and Don'ts

  118. 151

    Death Clues in Census Records

  119. 152

    Family History Clues in Death Records on Ancestry.com

  120. 153

    Alternatives to Death Certificates in Genealogy

  121. 154

    Ancestry.com Facebook App: Your Questions Answered

  122. 155

    Searching for Death Records

  123. 156

    How To Up Your Genealogy Game with Ancestry Anne

  124. 157

    Genealogy Brainstorming: I'm Stuck. Now What?

  125. 158

    How to Use Meyers Gazetteer of the German Empire

  126. 159

    Hamburg Passenger Lists and Other Image First Collections

  127. 160

    How Do I Know I'm Right? Some Genealogy Basics

  128. 161

    Sourcing Your Vitals - Citations for Birth, Marriage and Death Records

  129. 162

    Understanding SAR/DAR Applications in Genealogy

  130. 163

    Using the Ancestry.com Shoebox Effectively

  131. 164

    Tips For Organizing Your Family History Records

  132. 165

    Naturalization Records: What They Tell Me and Where To Find Them

  133. 166

    Reflecting Accurate Relationships in Family Tree Maker and Ancestry Member Trees

  134. 167

    Using Social Media In Genealogy

  135. 168

    Defining Relationships in Genealogy

  136. 169

    Adoption and Genealogy Research

  137. 170

    Public vs Private Ancestry Member Trees

  138. 171

    Finding Missing People in the Census

  139. 172

    Sourcing Information Not on Ancestry.com

  140. 173

    Splitting or Combining Family Trees

  141. 174

    Introduction to Using Land Records for Family History

  142. 175

    Exploring Rootsweb on Ancestry.com

  143. 176

    Citing Your Sources Can Be Fun!

  144. 177

    Finding Original Records for Family History

  145. 178

    Collaboration & Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

  146. 179

    Effective Place Research in Family History

  147. 180

    Top Tips for Family History Research Trips

  148. 181

    Common Mistakes in Genealogy

  149. 182

    Crafting a Genealogy Research Plan

  150. 183

    MyCanvas and Other Ideas for Publishing Your Family History

  151. 184

    Using Ancestry.com Member Profiles

  152. 185

    How Do I Find the Genealogy Records I'm Looking For if There is No Index?

  153. 186

    Creating Timelines to Better Understand Records and Families

  154. 187

    Using Notes in FTM and Ancestry Member Trees to Keep Track of Your Family History

  155. 188

    Successful Searching To Tell Your Ancestor's Story, Part 2

  156. 189

    Unique Resources for Researching Your Family's Ethnic Origins

  157. 190

    Successful Searching To Tell Your Ancestor's Story, Part 1

  158. 191

    How to Track Down Your Family's Vets

  159. 192

    How To Use Message Boards to Break Through Genealogy Brick Walls

  160. 193

    What Genealogy Records Exist?

  161. 194

    What International Records are Available on Ancestry.com

  162. 195

    Comments and Corrections on Ancestry.com Records

  163. 196

    City Directories and How to Use for Family History

  164. 197

    Shaky Leaf Hints on Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker

  165. 198

    Ancestry.com LIVE: 1940 Lookups LIVE

  166. 199

    1940 U.S. Federal Census Tips and Tricks, Part 2

  167. 200

    1940 U.S. Federal Census Tips and Tricks, Part 3

  168. 201

    Getting Ready for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census

  169. 202

    Tips and Tricks for Solving Your Family History Challenges

  170. 203

    Behind the Scenes at Ancestry.com: Ancestry Mobile Apps

  171. 204

    Is This My Ancestor? Prove It or Disprove It

  172. 205

    Using the Ancestry.com Facebook Page to Further Your Family History Research

  173. 206

    Everybody's Got a Little Irish in Them

  174. 207

    Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

  175. 208

    Ethnic Surnames: Finding Your Ancestor with a Not-So-Common Name

  176. 209

    Ancestry.com Live Q&A: Tools to Help Your Family History Research

  177. 210

    Solving African American Family History Research Challenges

  178. 211

    Census Records - Beyond the Names and Dates

  179. 212

    Connecting Internet Find to Your Ancestry Member Tree

  180. 213

    Finding Family History Clues in Marriage Records

  181. 214

    Quick Tips for African American Family History Research

  182. 215

    Ancestry.com Live Q&A: How Do Our Experts Search

  183. 216

    Experience the New 1930 U.S. Federal Census Image Viewer

  184. 217

    Did They Really Come Through New York? How to Search Passenger Lists

  185. 218

    Learning from Records in the World Memory Project

  186. 219

    How to Find a Birth, Marriage or Death Record in Pennsylvania

  187. 220

    Approach Your Family History Research Like A Pro

  188. 221

    Find Your Ancestor in Hometown History

  189. 222

    Using Tree Hints in Ancestry Member Trees or Family Tree Maker

  190. 223

    Genealogy New Years Resolutions for 2012

  191. 224

    Finding Family History Clues in State Census Records

  192. 225

    Exploring the 1930 U.S. Federal Census

  193. 226

    Common Surnames: Strategies for Finding Your Ancestor in the Crowd

  194. 227

    Find Pre-1850 Relatives with Your Ancestry Member Tree

  195. 228

    How to Read Handwritten Historical Documents

  196. 229

    How to Control Your Ancestry.com Search Results

  197. 230

    How to Use the World War II Draft Registration Cards

  198. 231

    Finding the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree

  199. 232

    Unlock the Secrets of the 1790-1840 U.S. Census Records

  200. 233

    How to Prove Native American/Indian Ancestry

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