Category Archive: How To

Who is Mrs Elmer Hile? – Michigan – 1927

Don’t you just hate it when the newspaper item has the woman’s name as Mrs., and not her given name? I ran into that problem while working on a Sep 1927 news story… Continue reading

Hansen Family Trees

In the last blog post “Lester G Hansen – Ludington, Michigan“, I said I would look into how the various trees, that have Hansen’s on them, are connected. I created a folder to… Continue reading

How To Create a MS Word Table for Your Family Tree List

If you are like most genealogists, you have more than one tree for your family. And since you are a true genealogist you help other people with their trees, so you have their… Continue reading

How to transfer a list of all your trees to a table – in 4 easy steps

  Capturing a small news item in an old newspaper can sometimes lead to a new blog post. I found the following small item about a 25th anniversary and tried to find some… Continue reading

How to Flip and Improve a photo or screen print of a Document

Christine on Genealogy Time Travellers (U.K. & World Wide) FaceBook group page asked the following: “HELP NEEDED! Can anyone do a ‘mirror’ reading of this page please and tell us what it says.… Continue reading

How To Fix Tiny screen prints and photos

Don’t you just hate seeing those tiny newspaper items on the family tree? I don’t mean tiny as few words. I mean tiny as not cropped to fit the screen. I do not… Continue reading

How To Add Custom Events to Facts column on a Profile Page

In Ancestry dot com you will sometimes get some Source boxes on a profile page but there are no Facts to go along with the Source. This may occur when you bring in… Continue reading

Peter O’Connell – Family Tree – Michigan

Before you continue I want you to know that you will be shown examples of how you should transcribe an obituary, how to label your files of items that you collect and finally… Continue reading

Keeping track of all your trees

Updated 28 Jun 2020 – added an extra example tree at bottom of post and made both trees open in a new page. My last blog post was: HOW TO DOCUMENT NEWS WORTHY… Continue reading

How to document news worthy incident that affects many families

On 21 Jun 1914 in Oswego, New York a boat crossing a canal capsized and twelve (12) people were drowned. The twelve (12) victims came from seven different families: Adams, Crane, Dainer, Mogg,… Continue reading

How to put relationship on a profile page

Ancestry dot com “How To” Slide 1 of 12 1. Start of Lesson 1a. Diane has a tree and wants to know how to identify the relationship between the various people on the branches;… Continue reading

How to point to a newspaper story when it has no highlight

How to point to a newspaper story when it is not highlighted. A highlight of an item in a newspaper is the way the system finds matches to the search command; therefore if… Continue reading

Census page – left side column numbers

I replied to a FB query with a detailed explanation and thought it would be a good “How To” blog post for my readers. Here is a mini lesson on what to look… Continue reading

How To delete a tree on Ancestry dot com

Here are eight (8) steps showing how to delete a tree on Ancestry dot com. You can only delete a tree that you have created. Click on the tree name. This is the… Continue reading

Direct Ancestor – tags on trees

I posted the following on FaceBook and got many comments on the topic; both pro and con, so I thought I would share it with a different audience. For my genealogy friends –… Continue reading