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Is hard-to-buy-for Aunt Helen the family repository for recipes, photo albums and keepsakes? Does Grandpa Joe archive all of your family's facts and dates in his head, not to mention all those lesser-known scintillating tidbits? If you need holiday gift ideas for your genealogically inclined relatives, look no further!
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Need a quick burst of inspiration? Try these 10 techniques to flesh out those elusive ancestors.
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From state vital records and censuses to historical books and immigration data, this year’s 101 Best Websites list features tools that can bust your brick walls—but not your budget.
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Reinvigorate your research and bust through roadblocks with these 41 ideas to find your roots in 2014.
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It's not all rainbows and unicorns out there: Even the happy world of family history has its villains. The mere mention of these bad guys gets genealogists' blood boiling.
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Focusing not just on who your ancestors were, but also where they went, can give you a research advantage: You'll learn what records they might have generated and where those records are today.
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Keep your family story from veering off course -- watch out for these nine pitfalls when researching or writing about your roots.
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The home of the Arch and ragtime hosts the GENTECH conference in January. While you're there, follow our guide to genealogy research in the Gateway City.
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Did your ancestor ride an "orphan train" from the big city to a foster home in the country? Get on board to trace the roots of orphan train riders from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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