New Spouse and New Family Tree

The wedding was fun but for the family tree, this could be a whole new can of worms. I’m a genealogy enthusiast for my own family history, but what is the best way to begin tackling my new husband’s family tree? Yikes! 

Some of his relatives have done a bit of work through their own enthusiasm. In a perfect world, every relationship would be correct and sourced to the fullest extent. While a newbie geni, I learned the hard way that not all trees out there are correct or sourced. Not to mention all those copied and pasted trees. Those are a nightmare!

As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. When looking back on the work in my own tree, I have said if I knew some of the pitfalls beforehand, then I would do my research differently. I’m going to keep that in mind moving forward with the new hubby’s tree.

Little by little, I will begin taking on my new family’s tree with some work done already by his relatives. My goal: tactfully and graciously use their trees as guides while doing my own review and search to document sources. Would love to hear any suggestions for this next research adventure!

Family Tree Photo Book


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We’ve all seen it–the zoned-out, eye-glazed-over effect we have on our family members when we enthusiastically share our newest genealogical discoveries. But I finally figured out a way to elicit responses that aren’t as lackluster. After scanning and re-scanning the … Continue reading

Unidentified People in Old Albums #1

After combing through my great grandmother’s photos a million times, there is still a small stack with unidentified people. My great grandmother lived in the Bronx, New York from the 1920s until the 1970s. There were also many trips to visit family in Manatí, Puerto Rico. Some of the people in these photos may be distant relatives, but the majority are likely friends and neighbors. If anyone happens to identify the subjects in the photos, please let me know!

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