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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Week 2 of Abundant Genealogy

Week 2 – Paid Online Genealogy Tools: Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most? What special features put it at the top of your list? How can it help others with their genealogy research?
I have taken my time thinking about this question, and since I only have 1 place that I subscribe to it made me think… what am I missing?  There are probably a ton of “tools” I could be using that I am not aware of… is the only thing in my arsenal that is a paid tool; simple one stop shopping for the most part.  I can do general look-ups on people, I can scour the card catalogues, I can connect with cousins I didn’t know I had… for what I pay a month that is quite an accomplishment!  No it isn’t perfect, yes I do get frustrated sometimes, but you know what?  It is a lot easier than having to fly across the county to try and look up a record that may or may not be there. 

In fact, it has led me on some of my greatest genealogical adventures to date.  Got me started on paths I may not have thought about and kept the ball rolling with a continuous stream of ideas and possibilities.

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  1. is my go to online tool also! Last year, while researching my Cherokee line, I e-mailed probably 10 people on ancesty that had a common ancestor and one actually replied!! We ended up having a family reunion in Oklahoma late last year and it was unbelievable!!

  2. Wow that is wonderful! I have connected with 5 people from different parts of my family line thanks to Ancestry. Maybe someday I will get to meet up with them as well!