Welcome to GenHelp

This website will become a series of posts on my methodology and results in using the various online genealogical sources. The way I plan to craft this, I have not found elsewhere online, though I must admit, I have not looked at all 3,000+ other genealogy blogs. So I think I will be doing something completely unique, but if not, I hope, at the least, I make it different from anyone else. This blog will work in tandem with the genealogy workshops I will begin leading at my local Church, Solid Rock, in Midland Georgia.

First up is a series on researching for Vermont vital records. While the online records are known, little is published about the provenance of those databases, the origin of the images and facts they contain, an analysis of the veracity of the information, or how to use the information you find in your future research. I hope to cover all of this during January 2016!

Vermont Vital Records Research
Researchers of Vermont ancestors are fortunate to be able to access comprehensive vital recordsĀ online for people who were born, married or died in the State of Vermont. I find these records invaluable in research of my own Vermont branches, and feel this would be a good data collection for me to provide examples and tips for better searching, analyzing and recording these types of sources. Even if your research doesn’t involve Vermont ancestors I believe you can learn from this series of posts on how to better organize, collect, record, analyze, and craft your genealogical research.

Genealogical Source Analysis
Source analysis is an important step in genealogical research. While it’s often the first thing discussed by professional genealogists, it’s almost always the last thing amateur genealogists perform. It’s usually left for the time when a researcher, suffering from the effects of the “shaking leaf syndrome,” realize that they’ve attached all these people to their family tree, and all these events to those people, yet some of the facts and events of their ancestors lives simply don’t add up. And then they begin to doubt whether a person in their tree really is an ancestor. Don’t wait for that time… begin now, at the start of 2016, to first analyze a source before you use it.