Q&A Session 7-19-23 – Scanning, Ancestry App, Naturalization, Organizing, Cite-Builder, Tree Tags, Research Notes Template, and Academy Website for Newbies

We talked about a lot in this Q&A session. SEE NOTES BELOW.

Here are the chapters:   00:00 Introduction
00:06 Useful Apps, Ancestry App, TurboScan
05:19 Naturalization Records
07:48 Source Citations
09:29 Creating and using macros in Word
13:14 Using Cite-Builder
15:24 Researching Injury and Military Information
20:26 Proper Way to Cite Location Where the Name has Changed
22:25 Looking for Confirmation of a Murder
23:57 Ancestry Labels
30:25 Setting Up a Surname List
35:32 Labels and Isolating Floating Trees
42:14 Creating a Custom Tree Tag Without Going Into a Profile
42:49  Unknown Maiden Name
44:26 Research Notes Template Macros
47:04 Alternative and Religious Names for Individuals
49:22 Disappearing Macros
51:35 Do you use TurboScan or TurboScan Pro
51:56 Cybersecurity Issue Preventing Access to GenealogyTV
52:59 Recording Names with Royal or Noble Titles
54:40 Unlocking Particular Websites
55:28 Quick Academy Orientation Tour

Notes & Links from This Session

Source Citations

You can use macros in Word, but there is a learning curve and it might be different depending on the version you have.

Better Option is the new Cite-Builder.com website. There is a free version that has a lot of what you need.

Personally, I don’t care how you cite your sources as long as you leave enough information that someone can retrace your steps.

For Creating Source Citations Think About:

  • Who it is
  • What is the document
  • Where you found it
  • Where it is now (if in a different locations, like your house)
  • When the document was created
  • When you found it
  • Why it matters (not part of an official citation but goes in your research notes)
  • How someone can find it again, (i.e. the city and state of the archives).

Scanning Images

  • (Jeff & Lisa’s Questions) – I use TurboScan for PDF scanning. If your phone can handle it, it is a game-changer and worth the few dollars.
  • Ancestry has a scanning feature that will automatically upload images (even multiple images) to your image gallery on Ancestry.

Naturalization Records (Mary’s Question) – She was trying to track down naturalization records.

  1. Naturalization:
    1. Remember that not everyone was naturalized. See the lesson on Immigration, Emigration, and Naturalization if you have not seen it already.
    1. Look in state archives and county records in the areas they lived. It depends on the location but many of these records have moved to state archives.
  1. Also available on microfilm in the Research Library are card indexes of the ship passenger lists for the port of New Orleans. These indexes cover the years 1820 to 1850 and 1853 to 1952, and are found on the following microfilm:
    1. 1820 to 1850 – National Archives Microfilm M334 (Accession No. N1994-021)
      1853 to 1899 – National Archives Microfilm T527 (Accession No. N1994-022)

Also, try NARA.gov (but I’d start with Ancestry or FamilySearch first). The National Archives and Records Admin. (NARA) can be challenging to navigate sometimes.

Finding Info on an Accident of an Ancestor (Sharon’s great grandfather lost his leg. She is looking for more info. See her question for all the details of her question).


  • Somewhere between 1889 and 1904 (when he died) he lost a leg (if you do the math).
  • What military for the era? Identify the branch of service based on your image.
  • Newspapers for the injury and possible military recruitment.