FC 72 Advanced Genealogy with George Morgan & Drew Smith

This week on Fieldstone Common our featured guests are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, authors of the book Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques.


George G. Morgan & Drew Smith
George G. Morgan & Drew Smith

George G. Morgan, an internationally recognized genealogy expert, is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and vice president of membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. He is the author of several books, including three editions of How to Do Everything: Genealogy. George co-produces The Genealogy Guys Podcast with Drew Smith.

Drew Smith, MLS, a librarian at the University of South Florida, is the “Rootsmithing with Technology” columnist for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine. He is chair of the Family History Information Standards Organization and president of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa.

You can learn more about George G. Morgan and Drew Smith at the Aha! Seminars website or on the Genealogy Guys podcast website.

Book Summary

Learn how to use innovative methods to unearth hard-to-find ancestors. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques shows you, step by step, how to uncover elusive details by taking advantage of specialized tools and software programs and using proven best practices for breaking through the brick walls that have hindered your progress.

You’ll get professional advice on formulating a research strategy, understanding the details you discover, keeping careful track of your data, analyzing the evidence, and developing hypotheses. Real-world case studies demonstrate how you can apply the systematic procedures presented in this practical guide to your own research–and achieve success!

  • Examine the brick wall in detail to find potential weak spots that can be exploited into a breakthrough
  • Use brute force techniques that leave no stone unturned
  • Obtain exact copies of original records rather than derivative sources
  • Research the family, associates, and neighbors (FANs) of your brick wall ancestor
  • Consult with your family, friends, and colleagues to get a fresh perspective on your research
  • Use crowdsourcing–genealogy societies, online forums, social media, blogs, wikis, and podcasts
  • Apply technological solutions, including DNA testing and specialized genealogical software
  • Get tips on hiring a professional genealogical researcher with the appropriate credentials and references
  • Revisit your brick wall problem after honing your research skills
  • Review your evidence, develop a research strategy, and keep a meticulous research log

Book Info

Title: Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

Publisher: McGraw Hill Education (2013)

Paperback; 206 pages with an index and BxW photos and illustrations.

Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The Interview

In this interview George, Drew and I talk about how to use more advanced research techniques to solve genealogy problems. As well we discuss DNA, crowd sourcing and when it’s appropriate to bring in a professional genealogist.

Prize Winners

Two copies of Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques were given out to the Fieldstone Common audience courtesy of the McGraw Hill Education.

The winners are:

  • Pam Carter of Minnesota
  • Lori Hamilton of Connecticut

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to the McGraw Hill Education for their generosity in donating the books!

Make sure you qualify to win the giveaway next week by signing up for the Bonus List! Once you sign up your are in the running each week!

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