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Conquering the Courthouse II: Episode 89

By Family Tree Editors

Join Lisa Louise Cooke and guest Sunny Morton to learn four tips to learn how to use courthouse records in your family search and create a research plan.

Ep. 89: October 2015

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In this episode:

News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Diane talks about Finding Clues in Ancestry.Com’s New Probate Collection.

Top Tips: Fab 15

Sunny shares courthouse research strategies from the Court Records class she developed for Family Tree University.

Sunny’s Tips for pursuing courthouse research:

  • Know what questions you hope to answer and where your data gaps are.
  • Learn what resources exist to answer those questions.
  • Read up on complicated record types like deeds and probates before you go research them in person.
  • Make a copy of records and then digest and interpret what they tell you.

101 Best Websites for Tracing Your Roots

Dana McCullough, author of the Unofficial Guide to


From the Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Allison gives us a tour of her recommended resource the Family Tree Sourcebook ebook.

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

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