Challenge #8: Study Time and Place

This is a fun one. You’ve already picked a family line or ancestor for your research focus. You’ve caught up your previous research files and photos. I know you’re ready to dive in and analyze what you have thus far, but I have one more step for you first: Find...

Challenge #6: Catch Up Previous Research Files

I’m sorry. You are not going to like this challenge but I promise you that when you finish, you will be really happy about it. Do you trust me? Great. Let’s get started! You’ve already selected which family line you want to research. You’ve probably spent some time on...

Challenge #5: Choose a Family Line

This is a tough one! It’s easy to want to tackle all your family lines at the same time, but for this assignment I want you to pick one. Do you want to practice good techniques with a little project to get your feet wet and learn the ropes, or do you want to jump in...

Challenge #3: Organize Your Data

This one should be pretty easy for most of you. If you don’t already have some kind of genealogy software on your computer, you should choose one and install it. The most popular ones include: FamilyTreeMaker, Legacy Family Tree, and RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest, and...

Challenge #2: Organize Your Computer

This week’s challenge is to organize your computer. You probably know what I’m talking about. It’s one of those things that you always want to get done someday. Guess what? Someday has arrived! Having a computer that is organized will make you a better researcher. I...