Category: Genealogy

Genealogy studies humanity and how we’re all related. Genealogy studies our history so we can understand and move forward together.

  • Genealogy: History, Discovery, and Why it Matters

    Genealogy: History, Discovery, and Why it Matters

    Sometimes, knowing the historical background of a thing can help that thing make more sense. So what is the history of genealogy? When was it discovered? Why was it important then? And why does it matter today? Genealogy has been tracked and recorded with history since humanity first started collecting and sharing stories. Genealogy and […]

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  • Genealogy vs Ancestry: Differences and Why They Matter

    Genealogy vs Ancestry: Differences and Why They Matter

    As a self-proclaimed word nerd and genealogist, I began to wonder if there was a difference between the terms genealogy and ancestry. What do they each mean? How are they different? And does it even matter? Genealogy vs Ancestry: Ancestry is the line of people who come before you in your family line (forefathers or […]

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  • Who Likes Genealogy (People, Historians, Scientists, et al)

    Who Likes Genealogy (People, Historians, Scientists, et al)

    When I can get into a family history groove, I really enjoy doing genealogy. But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder: who likes doing genealogy? Why do they like doing genealogy? And do these genealogist fans find some benefit to doing their family history? While those who like genealogy used to be primarily older adults, […]

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  • Is Genealogy a Popular Hobby? (Stats, Info, and Comparison)

    Is Genealogy a Popular Hobby? (Stats, Info, and Comparison)

    I’ve heard that genealogy is the second-most popular hobby of several options. But can it really be the second most popular hobby, if it’s been listed next to several options? Or, for that matter, is genealogy even a popular hobby? Genealogy is a popular hobby for those millions of people who are interested in it. […]

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  • Who Studies Genealogy – and Why They Do

    Who Studies Genealogy – and Why They Do

    The more time I spend doing genealogy, the more I wonder who else is studying genealogy. Then I can’t help but wonder why others study genealogy. So who studies genealogy – and why are we doing it? People who study genealogy (called genealogists) come from all ages, backgrounds, and areas. While genealogists used to be […]

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  • Which Genealogy Site is Best and Why

    Which Genealogy Site is Best and Why

    With so many websites out there, it can be confusing to wonder where to plant your metaphorical family tree. So I asked Breanne which genealogy site is best – and why. Her answer was very solid, “It depends.” The best genealogy site depends on your research needs and budget. FamilySearch.org is the best free option. […]

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  • Genealogy Education: What You Need and Where to Get it

    Genealogy Education: What You Need and Where to Get it

    As I’ve been researching my family’s genealogy and writing here about genealogy, I’ve often felt like I should have a more formal education. But do I really need a degree? I talked to Breanne, who is getting a formal genealogy education and already knows a ton more than I do. Genealogy education can be obtained […]

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  • Conservation Defined for Genealogy and Family History

    Conservation Defined for Genealogy and Family History

    Accidents happen – especially when you have small children. So with that in mind, I began to wonder what would have to be done if an heirloom or another important piece of history were damaged. So I looked up conservation and talked about it with Breanne. Conservation means preserving historical family artifacts and cultural heritage […]

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  • What is Preservation for Genealogy and Family History?

    What is Preservation for Genealogy and Family History?

    As I’ve gotten more into genealogy and family history, one term keeps popping up: preservation. What is it – and how does it relate to genealogy? I messaged my genealogist pal and amazing friend Breanne – and she helped me look into it. Preservation, of genealogical and family history materials, means actively protecting items from […]

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