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Tips, tricks, and ideas about recording the past so future generations can understand their family history. Learn about great preservation methods, web links, and how to have fun creating your family’s history.

Saving Space With Your Genealogy Work

Family History By January 24, 2017 No Comments

As we research our family trees, we all have fragile piles of paper that only we understand. Filing systems we created on the fly, and other lumps of organized chaos. However, every genealogist has to come to grips with organization sooner or later. Looking at all those notes, records, photos, and folders, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of clearing clutter. We’ve compiled some easy tips for helping you save space with your genealogy work.


8 Amazing Family History Apps

Family History By January 20, 2017 No Comments

Not too long ago, genealogists had to crawl through cold, dark archives and musty libraries. Computers came along to ease searches after that, but it’s hard to sit at a desktop for hours on end, too. Now, with tablets and mobile phones, you can build and research your family tree anywhere! Search while sitting in the sun, on the go, or from the comfort of your couch. These great family history apps will…


Unexpected Benefits of NOT Finding Your Ancestors

Family History By January 6, 2017 No Comments

We’ve all been there: uncovering an ancestral line based on records or on family stories when suddenly the records vanish–and with them, our ancestor. Our family lore has failed us, and the records aren’t where we think they should be. Though it’s easy to feel disheartened, getting a negative search result is actually a good thing!

Moving away from what we think we know by expanding our search and thinking outside the box can refocus our attention on important details and on finding the correct path, rather than relying on inaccurate records and lore. Plus, it’s possible to find new data and paint a bigger, more accurate picture of our ancestors’ lives by searching outwards from pieces of known data. The empty spaces in your tree can lead to a far more interesting truth by reaching down avenues you would not have gone otherwise. Here are some of the benefits a negative search result can help your family history research:


How to Customize MyCanvas Family Tree Poster Backgrounds

Family History, MyCanvas Products By November 22, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Family Tree posters are a great way to share your heritage. One of the benefits of using MyCanvas is that you can completely customize your family history charts by adding pictures, embellishments, and choosing your favorite background.

Today, we want to share with you the three different ways MyCanvas offers for customizing family tree poster backgrounds…


How to Make an Ancestry Calendar with MyCanvas

Family History, MyCanvas Products By October 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

At, you can sign in with your Ancestry account to create family-oriented custom calendars. Learn how to add birthdays, anniversaries, and names of not only your descendants, but your ancestors! Include as far back as six generations. Begin your Ancestry Calendar by following these instructions: