Oh Say Can You “C”? Navigating the Seven Cs of Genealogy

Are you navigating the themes of Clean, Collect, Curate, Create, Connect, Conserve and Continue into your genealogy research?

Oh Say Can You “C”? Navigating the Seven Cs of Genealogy

Lately, with the New Year upon us, I’ve been contemplating whether or not to adopt the usual “genealogy resolutions” such as “getting organized” etc. Since I started The Genealogy Do-Over in 2015, I’ve focused more on “themes” than actual resolutions. Themes don’t feel as constricting as making often unobtainable promises to myself.

I’ve developed a list of seven “themes” to guide me this year and hopefully I can institute these as general “rules to do genealogy by” over the next few years. I think the themes cover most areas of concern for every family historian, whether you’ve been at this for some time or you are just getting started.

  • Clean: Take inventory of what is in my genea-cave, get organized and make it easier to find what I need. This also means cleaning up and organizing digital files and folders as well as Internet favorites and bookmarks. Why should I spend time searching for stuff to get ready to research when I could better spend that time searching for ancestors?
  • Collect: Create a solid system for capturing information including digital images as well as paper-based document. Become disciplined in saving images and documents IMMEDIATELY and renaming the file to accurately describe the item. Work as if I only have “one pass” on using a source; wring out as much information as possible!
  • Curate: Review source material to see how it proves or disproves a fact. Write a source citation RIGHT AWAY and don’t put it off. Use proven evidence evaluation techniques to determine the reliability of the source. Document, document, document in my research log!
  • Create: Write a concise proof for specific facts as well as specific ancestral relationships. Write ancestor character sketches based on proven facts. Carry this info over to family history books, photo books, blog posts, calendars and other items to share with family members as well as other researchers.
  • Connect: Don’t become isolated especially with a dependency on online resources. Get out and connect with archives and repositories. Connect with other genealogists at conferences and institutes. Use online resources such as Facebook groups, DNA matching communities and more to keep connecting.
  • Conserve: Don’t forget to focus on preserving my work for future generations. This includes creating backup copies of data, scanning and digitizing images as well as videos, slides and audio tapes. Create a “successorship” plan so that a family member, another researcher or a genealogy society can inherit my work and carry the torch forward.
  • Continue: Basically the “rinse and repeat” cycle. Continue following the C’s especially when it comes to education. Stay on top of the latest technologies, apps and programs. Take time to build a reading list of journals and books related to my research. Attend a genealogy conference or online webinars.

Navigating the Genealogy Cs

The Genealogy Do-Over is one of the better ways to learn how to use the Genealogy Cs and incorporate the practices in your own research. Remember that we all approach our family history with different experiences and skill sets; what works for one researcher may not be the best fit for another. Working through The Genealogy Do-Over is a way of finding out the best navigation route for your genealogy research.

Click here to learn more about The Genealogy Do-Over for 2017 – it’s FREE and sign up today!

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.


Exclusive Sale on GPS Origins™ DNA Test and Report

• GPS Origins Report, normally $79, now just $29 (a 63% savings)

Here’s an AMAZING and EXCLUSIVE offer: over the past few months I’ve been looking for more DNA testing options outside of “The Big Three,” meaning AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and Family Tree DNA. GPS Origins™ is a new offering in the genealogy market and they’ve asked me to pass along this DEEP DISCOUNT available now through December 31st:

• GPS Origins DNA Test, normally $199, now just $99 (a 50% savings)

  • GPS Origins DNA Test, normally $199, now just $99 (a 50% savings)
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• GPS Origins Report, normally $79, now just $29 (a 63% savings)

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For more information on the GPS Origins DNA Test, see below. And I’ve already reviewed the GPS Origins Report – which allows you to upload your DNA test data from either Ancestry DNA, 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. Click here to see my actual test results!

Who is GPS Origins?

According to GPS Origins, “GPS Origins™ is a revolutionary ancestry DNA test that takes you deep into your family history. Traditionally, DNA ancestry tests provide a report of your ‘ethnicity’ and locate parts of your DNA in broad continental sweeps, but nothing specific, not even to the country level. The GPS Origins™ (Geographic Population Structure) ancestry test combines the latest genetic research with a new ancestral tracking technique to pinpoint more precisely where your DNA began. The GPS Origins™ test indicates the town or village where groups of your ancestors from different cultures met – building a vibrant picture of the migration journeys that formed your deep genealogical heritage.”

Click here to read more about GPS Origins, its history and how it plans to revolutionize the way we as genealogists use DNA testing data.

How is the GPS Origins Test Different?

The GPS Origins™ DNA test is the leading ancestry test in terms of accuracy, analyzing over 800,000 markers, 36 gene pools and 862 reference populations. Set up your secure account and your GPS Origins™ DNA test kit will be mailed to you containing everything you need.

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The GPS Origins™ test analyzes over 800,000 autosomal markers from your DNA to pinpoint your origins. It identifies when and where your DNA formed by matching the populations that came together to create a genetic line that eventually leads to you.

The GPS Origins™ test then traces the migration route of your DNA back to where it originated from and dated the age of your DNA signature. It does that for both your maternal and paternal lineages indicating where your DNA began. Your results are detailed in a report that reveals your ancestral origins.

Your personalized report identifies your top three Ancestral Origins (the Gene Pools or ancestral communities that contributed significant portions of your genetic makeup) and shows the percentages of DNA you inherited from each. The report is much more detailed than an estimate of ‘ethnicity’.

My Experience with GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test Report

GPS Origins Algorithm - only $29, regularly $59 - The GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test Report presents the geographical origins of your DNA, which could be a country or as close to the nearest town. Your DNA signature began when two different groups created a new genetic signature – the one that you ultimately inherited. Sale price is $29 per upload (incoudes Ancestry.com v1, 23andme, FTDNA/NatGeo raw data) This is a limited time offer, November 23rd through November 29th - click here to get started - via GPS Origins

In October, I was approached by the producers of the GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test Report to try their product. I have tested my DNA via AncestryDNA as well as 23andMe and I had already downloaded the data from those tests to a .zip file. I used my AncestryDNA data and the results of the GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test Report were interesting. Click here to see my results!

What I found most interesting were the DNA Migration Routes showing movement from Ukraine to Hungary (“At some point before 1043 AD your ancestors moved to Ukraine. These are the events your ancestors would have lived through in Ukraine.”) as well as my ancestry in Russia.

I believe that the GPS Origins™ Ancestry Test Report offers more information for you to pursue as you use DNA test results to help determine your ethnic heritage and family history.

Your EXCLUSIVE Savings on GPS Origins Products

I’ve negotiated this exclusive offer with GPS Origins and it is valid through December 31st. If you select the GPS Origins DNA Test, remember that it includes the GPS Origins Report. But if you already have DNA test data from another vendor, try the GPS Origins Report to see how the results are interpreted.

  • GPS Origins DNA Test, normally $199, now just $99 (a 50% savings)
    Click here to shop and use promo code FRUDNA99 at checkout.
  • GPS Origins Report, normally $79, now just $29 (a 63% savings)
    Click here to shop and use promo code FRUALG29 at checkout.


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Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series announced

Millennia Corporation and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series.

[Editor’s Note: We just received this announcement from Legacy Family Tree Webinars about their 2017 webinar series – make sure you not only register for these great webinars, but remember to log in EARLY since each session fills up fast!]

Millennia Corporation and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2017 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 76 classes from genealogy’s leading educators on topics ranging from genealogy technology, to DNA, to in-depth research methodologies.

And not to name-drop, but our live series will welcome for the first time genealogy celebrities like Blaine Bettinger of theGeneticGenealogist.com, Ireland’s John Grenham, and Craig Scott of HeritageBooks.com; major genealogy organizations like WikiTree, FamilySearch, and Evidentia; and will explore for the first time countries such as Mexico, Denmark and Norway. Also learn about DNA, software, photography, Quakers, virtual family reunions, the Genealogical Proof Standard and so much more.

We are also proud to once again host the monthly webinar series for the Board for Certification of Genealogists where we will learn from the likes of Tom Jones, David Ouimette, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson and nine other board-certified genealogists.

Sign up (it’s FREE!) for one or for all of them today and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event.

Click here to register.

Click here to register for multiple webinars at once.

Webinar Brochure

Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

FamilyTreeWebinars.com memberships

All live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days. With a webinar subscription you also get all of this AND these additional benefits:

  • Access to 1) all the existing 445 classes in the library (620 hours of quality genealogy education), 2) plus the 76 webinars that will be added during the 2017 season, 3) plus any additional bonus subscribers-only webinars (107 of these so far) – all available for the duration of your membership
  • Access to all 2,036 pages of instructors’ handouts plus the new handouts of the 2017 season
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only BONUS webinars
  • Playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features

It’s just $49.95/year ($44.95 through 12/31/16).


Nowhere else – on land, at sea, or online – will you find genealogy courses as comprehensive, diverse, or as numerous as you will find at FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

Add it to your Google Calendar

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2017 Speakers

Lots of brand new speakers join many of your favorites for 2017. One of them may be the one to help you break down your genealogical brick wall! Don’t miss even one week!

Lots of brand new speakers join many of your favorites for 2017. One of them may be the one to help you break down your genealogical brick wall! Don't miss even one week!

2017 Schedule

January 2017

  • Strategies to Find the Most Challenging Ancestors with Autosomal DNA Data by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. 1/4
  • Tips and Tricks to Organizing Your Genealogy by Shannon Combs-Bennett . 1/11
  • Legacy Family Tree for Complete Beginners by Geoff Rasmussen. 1/13
  • Writing Up Your Research by Michael J. Leclerc, CG. 1/17 (BCG)
  • Create a Free Google Earth Historic Map Collection for Your Research by Lisa Louise Cooke. 1/18
  • Playing Nice In The Genealogy Sandbox by Thomas MacEntee. 1/25

February 2017

  • Photography for Genealogy by Nicka Smith. 2/1
  • The “WHO” of Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger. 2/8
  • Deciphering German Script by Gail Blankenau. 2/10
  • Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research by Cyndi Ingle. 2/15
  • Weaving DNA Test Results into a Proof Argument by Karen Stanbary, CG. 2/21 (BCG)
  • Finding Missing Persons With DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. 2/22

March 2017

  • Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners – White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 3/1
  • 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 3/8
  • Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by Cari Taplin, CG. 3/10
  • Why are Irish records so weird? by John Grenham. 3/15
  • Are You My Grandpa? Men of the Same Name by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG. 3/21 (BCG)
  • Picture This: Images You Can Freely Use by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL . 3/22
  • Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by Craig Scott. 3/29

April 2017

  • Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen. 4/5
  • Your Whiteboard in the Cloud: Trello for Genealogists by Lisa Alzo. 4/12
  • Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps by Eric Basir. 4/14
  • The Genealogy in Government Documents by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/18 (BCG)
  • Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records by Mary Hill, AG . 4/19
  • Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps by Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. 4/26
  • Researching Criminal Records by Ron Arons. 4/28

May 2017

  • Take Me Back to Where I Belong: Transportation Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji. 5/3
  • Introduction to Danish Genealogy by Fritz Juengling. 5/10
  • New York City and State Governmental Vital Records by Jane Wilcox. 5/12
  • MAXY DNA: Correlating mt-at-X-Y DNA with the GPS by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. 5/16 (BCG)
  • Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee. 5/17
  • WikiTree: Free for All without a Free-for-All by Eowyn Langholf. 5/24
  • The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors by Michael L. Strauss, AG. 5/31

June 2017

  • Researching Your Minnesota Ancestors by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 6/7
  • The Increasing Need for Foreign Language Indexing by Devin Ashby. 6/9
  • How Harry Potter Can Teach You About DNA by Blaine Bettinger. 6/14
  • What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing by Diahan Southard. 6/16
  • Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush’s Father by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. 6/20 (BCG)
  • Virtual Family Reunions: Super Easy, Super Fun by Pat Richley. 6/21
  • Canada’s Top 10 by Kathryn Lake Hogan. 6/28


July 2017

  • Censational Census Strategies by Mary Roddy. 7/5
  • Google Books: the tool you should use every day! by Lisa Louise Cooke. 7/12
  • Tips for Snapping Pics: How to Take Perfect Family Photographs by Jared Hodges. 7/14
  • Analyzing Documents Sparks Ideas for Further Research by Angela Packer McGhie, CG. 7/18 (BCG)
  • The Firelands, The Connecticut Western Reserve, and the Ohio Territory by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG. 7/19
  • Family History Adhesive: The Science of Why History Binds Families and the Simple Tech of How to Do It by Janet Hovorka. 7/26

August 2017

  • Tracing Your West Country Ancestors by Kirsty Gray. 8/2
  • A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 8/9
  • Using Pictures with Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen. 8/11
  • Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders to Identify Enslaved Ancestors by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG. 8/15 (BCG)
  • Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories by Ursula Krause. 8/16
  • How to do Mexican Research and Be Successful by Jonathan Walker. 8/23
  • Getting Started with Evidentia by Ed Thompson. 8/30

September 2017

  • Top Tech Tips by Geoff Rasmussen. 9/6
  • Finding Isaac Rogers by Nicka Smith. 9/13
  • The ABCs and 123s of Researching Your Ancestor’s School Records by Melissa Barker. 9/15
  • When Does Newfound Evidence Overturn a Proved Conclusion? by Tom Jones. 9/19 (BCG)
  • Wolfram Alpha for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee. 9/20
  • Quick Guide to Texas Research by Deena Coutant. 9/27

October 2017

  • No Easy Button: Using “Immersion Genealogy” to Understand Your Ancestors by Lisa Alzo. 10/4
  • Southern States Migration Patterns by Mary Hill, AG. 10/11
  • Is Your Society Growing? Social Media may be your saving grace by Pat Richley. 10/13
  • Databases, Search Engines, and the Genealogical Proof Standard by David Ouimette, CG. 10/17 (BCG)
  • The WPA: Sources for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 10/18
  • Midwestern & Plains States Level Census Records by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA. 10/25

November 2017

  • Is this the End? Taking Your German Brick Walls Down Piece by Piece by Ursula Krause and Luana Darby. 11/1
  • New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs by Michael L. Strauss, AG. 11/8
  • Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli. 11/10
  • British and Irish research: the differences by Brian Donovan. 11/15
  • Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG. 11/21 (BCG)
  • Understanding Alabama by Rorey Cathcart. 11/29

December 2017

  • Finding Your Roots in Catholic Records by Lisa Salinas. 12/6
  • I Thought He Was My Ancestor: Avoiding the Six Biggest Genealogy Mistakes by James M. Baker, PhD, CG. 12/13
  • Finding Your Nordic Parish of Birth by Jill Morelli. 12/15
  • The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 12/19 (BCG)
  • Palmetto Pride – South Carolina for Genealogist by Rorey Cathcart. 12/20
  • Problems and Pitfalls of a “Reasonably Shallow Search” by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. 12/27


Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.