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The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Feb 24, 2020

Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about how to include contextual information in your genealogical writing. Whether you are writing a research report, proof argument, or a family history narrative, adding context will aid you. You may want to flesh out an ancestor's life with details about their occupation and community, or add to your body of evidence by discussing the laws that prompted a record set's creation. Tune in as we discuss this important concept!


Where to look for books of state laws and statutes:

PERSI - the Periodical Source Index of local and family history journal articles

JSTOR - scholarly research platform for exploring articles across 75 disciplines, including history, literature, geography, politics, law, science, arts, area studies etc. Can access some articles for free, or access at a university of the Family History Library. Read more:

FamilySearch Catalog - Search here for county histories

Setting the Scene: Using Historical Weather Data in Genealogy - by Jake Fletcher at Legacy News - discusses how to access U.S. historical weather reports

Gendisasters - Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing.

Research Like a Pro eCourse

Study Group - more information and email list

Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on

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