You Know What Happens in Genealogy When You Assume!

Scott Phillips | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

No matter how long I have been working in genealogy and family history, every so often I find that I need a bit of a reminder, or a kick in the tush, to not fall into the trap of assumption. After all, I know full well what happens when I assume ... as they say, 'it makes an ass out of you and me'.

The Value in Being Multidimensional in Your Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Working on one's genealogy and family history is often quite like the proverbial saying about the forest and its trees. If your focus is set on finding just one detail, you might miss many others. Likewise if your approach is too scattered you risk missing an important detail, or more.

Five Ways to Pay It Forward in Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The genealogy community is, by and large, a very sociable, caring, and sharing one. While we all enjoy the vast amounts of materials that are out there for us to access electronically (so free and some not-so-free) it is important to remember that we, as genealogists, each need to pay-it-forward every so often.

I've Got a Bone to Pick With the Genealogy Community

Scott Phillips | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

very one of us is free to undertake our family history work for what ever reason it is that motivates us. If you are a member of the LDS church and are doing it to further your religious beliefs that is just fine. If you are doing it purely for enjoyment, that is fine as well.

Genealogy Is Nothing but a Game!

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

"Scott. You look like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Lighten up, kiddo!" I must have heard this phrase from my parents a million times. Now as I spend my career working in the field of genealogy at Onward To Our Past®, I think it is an apt phrase for many who pursue their ancestry, genealogy, and family history.

No Wonder We Love Genealogy: It Is Scientifically Proven to Be Good for Us

Scott Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more I read the more I see real connections between genealogy/working on our family history/ancestry and the psychological benefits of the nostalgia it might trigger!

'Stress and the Strain': Personal Memories, National Narratives, and the First World War

Jamie Andrews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Jamie Andrews

My granddad died a year ago. We've been clearing out his papers. Like so many men of his generation (he was born in 1921), his early adult life was cut around the events of the Second World War. And, like many of his generation, his was not the first experience of war-service in the family. Amongst the papers he left, we also came across documents and letters about his own father's service in what became the First World War...

Who Inspired Your Love of Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Who was it that inspired YOU to really 'get into' genealogy and family history? Who was the person, or were the people, who were responsible for igniting your passion to delve into learning who you were, where your roots had been planted, and what that common word 'family' really means?

Genealogy and New Years: Some Commonsense Suggestions for Us All

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Rather than suggesting resolutions here, I am going to offer some commonsense suggestions that will, I believe, help make your family history and genealogy efforts more effective and successful

In Genealogy It Is Not Who You Know, but Who You Don't Know

Scott Phillips | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Scott Phillips

My biggest breakthroughs, most significant finds, and most amazing discoveries have all come from not who I already knew, but from new associates, allies, mentors, and researchers who I had never known before I employed my system of casting the widest net possible whenever I hit a bumpy patch in my work.

Genealogy as Therapy (Geneatherapy)

Scott Phillips | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

My geneatherapy has helped me, my family, my extended family, old friends, new friends and colleagues, and provided me with endless (and I do mean endless) hours, to which my wife will attest, of learning and losing myself in subjects I never dreamed I would find an interest in earlier in my life.

A Genealogy Must: Carrying on Your Family Traditions

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!

Genealogy and Family Gatherings: Make the Most of Them with Genealogy Secret Weapons

Scott Phillips | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Now some years later as a genealogical historian, father, and grandfather, I really love family gatherings all the more. Not only for the family time and memories, but also for the exceptional opportunity they afford to enhance what I like to call 'the tapestry of our family history'.

A Genealogy 'Must': Be Sure to Include All Aspects of Your Family in All Your Gatherings

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more inviting we make genealogy, the more we will entice others to join us in our family history, love of genealogy, and our ancestral journeys!

A Genealogy 'Prime Directive': Avoid the 'Rose-Colored Glasses Effect' at All Costs!

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While I fully understand and appreciate their frustration, one of the factors I find that often influences this frustration is what I call the 'Rose-Colored Glasses Effect' and it needs to be avoided in everyone's family history and genealogy work.

Genealogy Efforts Beyond Your Family: Consider Expanding

Scott Phillips | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Recently I started thinking more and more that I needed to expand my efforts to something even broader. I wasn't sure what it might be, but I knew I was developing an itch to take a step up and undertake a project something that would not only meet my interests, but also to make a difference to folks far beyond my direct reach.

Genealogy Lessons Learned From Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

n the many years I have been pursuing my genealogy, ancestry, and family history as a genealogical historian I have been blessed to learn much. Much about family, history, people both living and dead, and how to be what I like to think is an effective genealogist.

Genealogy Lesson: Remember That Not Everything You Need is Online

Scott Phillips | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Contrary to what you read in far too many places, everything you need to conduct your genealogy, family history, and ancestry is NOT online!

Genealogy Big Data Challenges: Tips for Managing Your Big Data

Scott Phillips | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

I usually don't keep track of numbers, but I realized that I had over 10,000 family members in our family tree, over 6,500 attached documents and photographs, thousands of stories and notes, over 36,000 emails, contact data for over 220 family members, and almost 400 GB of additional data. These numbers immediately led me to create a plan to manage my 'big genealogy data'.

Effective Genealogy Writing: Tips to Attract Family Members to Family History

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While each family is unique and every writer has her/his favorite tips, I do believe there is an easy path to follow in order to attract more family members to our genealogy work: We need to write about our family histories by following my 'Four E's'.

Genealogy Key Question: Avoiding Predetermination: What Are You Seeking in Your Ancestry?

Scott Phillips | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

During this time of grieving and reminiscing, I have strengthened my belief, even more, regarding how important it is that I capture the true people my parents were. There are so many stories, memories, and perceptions of them.

The Three Critical C's of Collaboration: Concern, Care, and Comfort

Scott Phillips | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In my genealogy work, when I have collaborated as a team, we have ended up with some of the finest outcomes we could have hoped for. Many of which would not have been possible without collaborating.

Genealogy and Loss: One More Reason to Embrace Family History and Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Last night I lost my mum. She was 93 and the matriarch of our family. She was also one of the key reasons I fell in love with genealogy and family history. She was the ultimate family historian/genealogist although she didn't realize it.

Genealogy and Journals: Preserve, Protect, and Defend

Scott Phillips | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While I fully understand that journals can be highly private matters, if someone leaves one to another family member(s) or the 'family library' then, at least in my mind, it moves from the realm of 'private journal' to 'history book'. You may disagree with this point of view...

The Genealogy Community Needs More Respect or it Will Destroy Itself!

Scott Phillips | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Without more respect in the genealogy community the popularity of genealogy will begin to crash and burn, the growth will stop, and the buzz will cease. To me it is simple .... Far more folks in genealogy need to be respectful and accepting of anyone's, and everyone's, reasons for undertaking their genealogy, ancestral studies, and pursuit of their family history.