About Kerry Scott

I'm the Online Community Editor for Family Tree Magazine/Family Tree University.
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Online Census Secrets: Best Websites and Strategies to Find Your Ancestors

Census records are the number one resource for US genealogy. Use them to trace your ancestral families back in time decade by decade, or even to discover new branches of your family tree. All US census records up to 1940 are now online. Most genealogists know, though, that it’s not as easy as simply typing in a name. To successfully trace your ancestors, you need to know where to look and how to make the most of census websites. This hour-long webinar will tell you … Learn More →

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Indiana Genealogy Crash Course

Find Your Hoosier State Ancestors Whether you’re descended from American Indians like the Miami or Potawatomi tribes, railroad workers who came through in the 1850s, or African-Americans who migrated north in the early 1900s, it’s highly likely that you have heritage in the Hoosier state. Professional genealogist Harold Henderson will lend his advice on key strategies to investigate your Indiana genealogy. This webinar comes with a free copy of our Indiana Research Guide. SESSION STATUS: Digital Recording Available (Download Here) STARTING TIME: On-Demand LENGTH: 1 … Learn More →

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Jump-Starting My Civil War Research

Recently I completed the class “Civil War Research: Find Your Ancestors in the War Between the States” through Family Tree University. Now, I have always thought that I knew quite a bit about the War of the Rebellion (or heck, pick a term) thanks to my AP US History teacher in high school. Imagine my surprise with all the things that I didn’t know! My oldest child is a military history nut, and for the past several weeks whenever he would hear me muttering to … Learn More →

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Did I Marry a Relative of Buffalo Bill Cody?

There is a mystery in my husband’s family, and I am on a quest to solve it. My husband’s paternal grandmother told a story about how they were related to Buffalo Bill Cody through marriage. There was also another story about an ancestor who changed his name during the Civil War with the thought it was possibly Coad to Cody. The soldier’s parents were supposed to be from the South, living in a northern state, his parents were southern sympathizers, and their son was not. … Learn More →

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My Mother and the Haunted Tombstone

This is the last in a series of posts on my journey through my mother’s family. There have been twists and there were surprises, but I have saved the best for last. During our holiday break I spent a whole day locked in my father’s study using his scanner. My mother and my mother-in-law were there handing me pictures and documents to scan. We were very productive, and I am still cataloguing all we did. I decided that this was the perfect time to tell … Learn More →

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The Cast-Iron Monument

Over the past two posts I have shared with you my investigation into my mother’s family tree. This week you will discover just how close I have been to my third-great-grandmother. The most enlightening part of this adventure was when I found Berthena Cannon Morris’s grave, and realized I knew it. Not just that it looked familiar, but that it was extremely familiar, like an old friend you hadn’t seen in forever but you always wondered where they were. I realized that I had played … Learn More →

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Breaking Down a Brick Wall With Just One Letter

In my last post I talked about my search for Edward Darnell Arvin, and how it led me to a different ancestor instead. In this segment I discover how spelling does matter, what a good friend Google is, and that Find A Grave can suck away an afternoon. The census records were very enlightening. I knew from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) database that Julia Ann Cannon Arvin was James’s granddaughter through his son Joseph Cannon. Check them off the census lists. Then … Learn More →

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Adventures in Family History: From Arvin to Cannon

A few weeks ago I told you about how I broke down a brick wall by thinking outside the box… well, outside the box for me. Through the FTU Power Course I took on breaking down brick walls I learned you should look in places where records for ancestor maybe that are not in the regular places to look. Researching unusual databases, newspapers, magazines, court records, and real life locations are great ways to get off the beaten path and make family history discoveries. I … Learn More →

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They’re Alive!

Finding Living Relatives Sooner or later most genealogists find that they have to stop looking for dead people and start looking for living ones. Whether you’re working on adoption research, reconnecting after a generations-old family feud or just looking to share photos with your third cousin, finding living people is a key part of every genealogist’s journey. Thomas MacEntee will share his secrets for finding your long-lost relatives in this webinar. SESSION STATUS: Digital Recording (Download Here) DATE: On-Demand LENGTH: 1 hour PRICE: $39.99 PRESENTER: … Learn More →