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# Thursday, September 05, 2013
Finding the *Right* Ancestor: Tips From the Virtual Genealogy Conference, Sept. 13-15
Posted by Diane

So, there's just over a week left until the start of our Family Tree University Virtual Genealogy Conference, taking place Sept. 13-15, and I'd hate for you to miss your chance to register!

The 16 video classes, six live chats and lively message board discussions are aimed at helping you research more efficiently and accurately, find "problem" ancestors, and discover your ethnic roots.

For example, take D. Joshua Taylor's presentation "Same Name, Same Place: How to Tell It’s Your Ancestor." He'll show you how to use strategies and tips such as:
  • List all the spelling variations of an ancestor's name. You could record the birth (or baptismal) name as the "official" name, then use an alternate information or notes section of your software or charts to record the other names.
  • If two same-named men live in a town and you're not sure which records are your ancestor's, set up a table to compare the men's identifying information—birth, death and marriage dates and places; family members' names; occupations; addresses; etc.
  • Create a timeline of all the records you've found for an ancestor. You might note, for example, that he hadn't yet arrived in the United States to be listed in the 1850 census, so those records probably aren't for the same guy.
  • Land and tax records can help you sort out two people of the same name, because both won't own the same property or be taxed on the same things.
  • Female ancestor red flag: Some names were so common (hello, Mary and Anna!) that a man might've had two spouses with the same first name, leaving future family historians to assume they were one woman. If you notice a large gap in children's ages, a wife giving birth at an unlikely age, or her age and other details suddenly changing in records, look for evidence of a previous or subsequent marriage for her husband.
See the program of video classes and chats on our Virtual Genealogy Conference website.

I love that you can attend this conference from home—forget about travel expenses, hotel stays, missing work and packing your sensible shoes.

You'll view classes and network on the message boards (folks ask and answer research questions, post their surnames, share favorite ancestors and more) whenever it's convenient over the conference weekend.

Live chats are scheduled, though attendees who miss one can still get the transcript. AND you get a swag bag of genealogy freebies from ShopFamilyTree.com.

Click here to learn more and register for the Virtual Genealogy Conference. I hope to "see" you there!


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