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Genealogy is a passion. The thrill of discovery is beyond words. Resources and tips are provided to help manage the stress involved in the research process.

However, there are times when it's beneficial to laugh at the process in order to maintain your sanity! Hopefully, this forum will allow fellow genealogists a moment or two of 'stress release' before resuming digging the mines of history!

Most important, sometimes sharing information and helping others is like therapy for own mind and spirit.

Tim Berners-Lee --- "The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information."

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  1. "Genealogy is a passion. The thrill of discovery is beyond words." AH
  2. "Genealogy is a paradox
    a transcendental mystery simultaneously impacting the past, present and future when living descendants are added to those who have passed on." MM


Share your most rewarding, most shocking, funniest research experiences!!!

Example ---

From Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns: Got this just while ago - makes me feel its been worth while that I have put up research I have done for friends, allied family lines etc -

        ''Judi, Thanks for putting all of this in.
         I have a cousin who frequently asks me for information about one of her lines    
         and, although I am glad to help, I would rather teach her. So, you have been    
         very kind to do all of this work on a line that is not your own.
         Yours, Sigur'' 

"To me this is what GENI is all about sharing, collaborating, and reaching the ultimate goal of "One Big Tree" not bickering, fighting against profiles being merged together and keeping separate unconnected trees on GENI."


Here are some discussions which may be of interest

Dynamic Collaboration Amidst negativity often seen among those who engage in genealogy, it's important to focus on the positive results that comes from dynamic collaboration. Share your experiences whereby collaboration helped you breakthrough brick walls and/or provide clarity. INSPIRE!

F.A.N Principle Hitting the proverbial brick wall? Learn more about the F.A.N principle.

Groits Family Stories --- the 'flesh' that's added to the bones of ancestors. Provides insights into the attitudinal, behavioral, and relational patterns in the family.

Life Story We are epistles "known and read of all men" If you an avid user of Find-a-Grave and other such sites, you may find this discussion interesting.

Organized Genealogist Share your tips and ideas of effective organization of research.

Genealogy Humor Discussion Includes Genealogy related and clean humor and comments that relate to the additions. It was started 4/29/14 and is up to 35 pages almost a year later. Anyone can contribute jokes, poems, stories (from the internet or real life situations), etc. Comments about what is put here is encouraged. It has sometimes included history related info for some of the holidays and other things & occasionally inspirational additions. Hopefully it will provide some levity or groans for all those who are working hard to find that "missing link".


Here are some helpful resources which may be of some interest

Genealogy Dictionary

Youtube Video:: Alternate Sources for Death Records "What do you do when you can't find your ancestor's death record? There are other records that can help. Amy Johnson Crow shows several examples of alternate sources for civil death registrations."

Youtube Video:: When You Can't Find a Marriage Record "We all know the importance of finding documentation about the facts we put into our family tree. But, what happens when you can't find the marriage records you need? Join Crista Cowan for a look at alternative places to find marriage information."

Youtube Video:: Researching Newspapers for Genealogy for Free "There are an ever increasing number of websites that contain digitized newspapers, which is excellent for genealogy and family history research. There are also an excellent collection of sites that include links that help you find where some of these digital collections can be found. This video helps you find where newspapers can be searched for free and without a subscription."

Youtube Video:: Genealogical Proof Standard: Analysis and Correlation of the Collected Information "Join Crista Cowan for the fourth in our series on the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). Step three is "analysis and correlation of the collected information." You will learn both WHY this is such an important step in your research process and HOW to do it."


FBI Records: The Vault "Electronic reading room, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office."

Genealogical Research Forms Although the forms available here are copyrighted, you have permission to copy them for your individual personal home use. They are not to be duplicated for resale purposes or for any other purposes without prior written authorization from The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

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