Expert Series: Hiring a Pro, Organizing Stuff, and More!

by Amy Johnson Crow

Posted on November 28, 2012

Working on your family history often means collecting family memorabilia. Sometimes it means hiring someone to do a bit of research for you. The authors in the Expert Series�have tips to help you in these situations! Let's take a look at these and other new articles, including remembering lost servicemen, using Google Earth, and colonial Maryland research.

Are you overwhelmed with family photographs, newspaper clippings, birth certificates, and other family papers? Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana understands. Her article "What Do I Do With All of This Stuff: The Process of Processing" will help you get started on road to organization.

There are many reasons for hiring a professional genealogist. Sometimes you need a fresh set of eyes on a problem or you're not comfortable working with a set of records. Harold Henderson's "Getting the Most When Hiring a Professional Genealogist" shows how preparation is key to a good experience. (Bonus to preparing: you might not need to hire a professional after all!)

Family history is about remembrance. Jennifer Holik shows how she remembered three young soldiers in "Telling the Stories of the Lost: Remembering Fallen Service Members." Her story will inspire you to do the same.

Did you know that the county you live in probably does not have the same borders now as it did when it was formed? These changes can make a difference in our research. Nancy Hendrickson shows us how to discover boundary changes with some cool technology in "Finding Historical U.S. County Boundaries Using Google Earth."

If your family tree takes you back to early Maryland, you should definitely read Michael Hait's "Essential Records for Finding Your Colonial Maryland Ancestors." Learn why your Catholic and Quaker ancestors would be recorded in Protestant Episcopal Church records!

About the Expert Series
The Expert Series is a collection of articles from top genealogists around the country. The articles are aimed to help beginning and advanced family history enthusiasts alike solve common research problems, break-through brick walls, and learn how to improve their research techniques. Visit��to learn more.

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