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My Post On The Bloggers Project

Most of you know that I am a blogger on The Bloggers Project. I just made a post onThe Bloggers Project the other day and I wanted to reblog it, but for some reason I can’t reblog my own post. So, I’m literally just copy and pasting it to my blog. Well, here it is!

Building a Blog Part 1: Choosing a Platform

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Whether you are wanting to build a website for a blog, a business, or your just wanting to get yourself and what you do out there, I have some helpful tips about how to get started.

First of all, one frequently asked question is this: Do I need to learn html to build a website? My short answer is: No. Although learning code gives you basically no limits to building a website, it can still take years to learn and years more to perfect it enough to make a great website.

With so many new website building platforms out there today, I personally don’t think it is necessary to learn html in most cases. The platforms out there give you so many choices to make your website look professional with little to no experience in web design. In fact, most website building platforms actually allow you to insert html into them to make it even more unique, but it is certainly not necessary to learn html for a website building platform.

With this in mind, I’m going to be explaining a little bit of what I know about some of the best platforms out there. I am not going to dive into html, because it is complicated, and as I said before, typically unnecessary.


Some of the great website building platforms include WordPress, Squarespace, GoDaddy, Wix, and more. I can give you a small description of each of some of these and explain what they are helpful for. However, I am an amateur, so my knowledge of this is slightly limited. I’m learning, just like you.

WordPress.com is great for blogging. Most of the personal (non-business) bloggers I know, use the free plan on WordPress. The WordPress free plan is probably the best blogging platform that you can get, if you don’t want to pay a cent. I’m using the WordPress free plan right now, and if you guys are liking this post then I call that a success. πŸ˜‰

I don’t know much about the paid plans on WordPress, other than the fact that they have great features, if you want to check them out just go to wordpress.com. You don’t need to pay money to have a blog; you can do it perfectly fine for free. However, if your blog starts to get a lot of traffic, it could actually be a good investment to upgrade to a better plan.

WordPress.com is it’s own host, so you don’t need to pay for a hosting platform if you use one of the plans on WordPress.com. However, I have heard that the features on WordPress.org, are actually better for businesses than WordPress.com. With WordPress.org, you have to have a host for your site. Some good hosts are BlueHost, HostGator, GoDaddy, and much more that I won’t get into today. I haven’t actually used WordPress.org, but I’ve looked into it quite a bit, and I’ve heard it’s phenomenal for businesses.

If you want to have a good website for a business that is simple to set up, yet effective, you might go with Squarespace or Wix. Out of those two, I prefer Squarespace, because it is very simple to set up, has slightly better features, and is fairly cheaper than Wix.

Again I have only done a tiny bit of designing with Wix, and I like it, but I like Squarespace better, though they are both pretty similar.

As as GoDaddy, I haven’t used it much myself, but my dad has and he really likes it. We purchased a domain from them and used them for a host. Also they have very cheap domain emails that you can buy.

So, after all this, I can’t say there is one that us just “the best,” but it really depends on the person and what they want to do. There are so many options…

If you have any questions about which one would be best for you, or your just interested in web design, then shoot me a comment below, and I’d be happy to help you.

Thanks so much for reading! If you want to see more posts from me, or the other awesome bloggers here on The Bloggers Project, then be sure to hit that follow button below or to the side. If you like what we do and are eager to share your experience as a blogger, consider going to the “Join Us” page and joining the team here.

Stay tuned for the other parts in this series about building a blog! Thanks again!

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Geniosity of Genealogy: Reviewing Records

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Hello everyone! We’re back today with another Geniosity of Genealogy. We are going to be talking about how to review, attach, and pretty much just know how to use records in genealogy.

So, the many genealogy sites have billions records of different things, birth records, death records, census records, military records, and a few other kinds of records. Genealogy sites like Ancestry and Family Search make it very easy to use records. Today I’m going to be giving you guys descriptions on exactly how to use records on Family Search.

First of all, if you don’t have a Family Search account then go get it! It’s FREE! It’s in my opinion, the best genealogy site, and I’ve tried a lot. I’ve used it for like 3 years, and it’s amazing! So, go get an account here, and come back once you have one!

First of all, you want to know why you want to look for a record. Maybe you want know if your grandpa was in a certain war, or if you great-grandma had any siblings, there’s so many possibilities of why you would want to view a document. Or maybe your just messing around on Family Search and don’t know what to do (I can relate).

If you searched your ancestors name in Family Search and found a record that looks like his/hers then click on it, or if you were just messing with your “Family Tree” and you notice that your ancestor has a hint, then click on it. It should take you to a page where it says details about your ancestor and the record you’re comparing he/she to.

If it matches up then usually is correct. However, after one mistake in Family Search’s indexing of a record then everything could be wrong on your “family tree” that you have made. So, if you think that the record is incorrect, then you should click on the thing that says “view original document”or something like that, then actually view the record, instead of Family Search’s indexing of it. You might find for example, that the name didn’t look the same as the indexing, because the person might who wrote the original document had weird cursive handwriting or something, so Family Search couldn’t exactly tell what the name said when they indexed it.

This happened to me actually. I was attaching a record to my great-grandma when I noticed that her name was “Marine” on the record, but when I viewed the actual record more closely, I realized that it was weird handwriting and the r was really an x. So, her name was “Maxine,” like I had thought.

So, viewing records is a really cool thing if you know how to do it right. I hope these tips help you better understand genealogy records. Try them out! Maybe you can find out new things that you’ve never known about your family.

Also, by the way, there is this really cool thing that I just now saw on Family Search while I was playing around on it. It’s a cousin chart! You know how your always trying to figure out what kind of cousin your cousin is to you? Well if you go to Family Search and click on the big article that says “Cousin Chart” then you can see how your cousin that are more distant are officially related to you. I mean it doesn’t matter that much as long as they’re your cousins, but it’s still cool to see the chart and actually figure it out.

Well, that pretty much wraps us up for today. Be on the lookout for another post that I will do this week, possibly even today, because it will be VERY IMPORTANT. Be sure to smash that follow button, if you haven’t already, so that you don’t miss out on any upcoming posts. As always, thank you so much for reading! I will talk to y’all later! -Ezra

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Geniosity of Genealogy: Are You Related to Someone famous? Let’s see!

Wassup?! It’s Ezra again! Back on Ezra’s Everything Spot for what you probably didn’t see coming… Another genealogy post!! I haven’t done a genealogy post in forever…………………………. But that’s okay because here we are. Kaelyn has been doing a great job on all of her posts, and I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy her genealogy posts. Thank you Kaelyn!! Honestly the reason I hadn’t done one in so long is because I couldn’t think of what to write about. By the way, if you guys ever have any ideas for posts or just the blog in general then please pop me a comment. So if you guy have anything you want to know about genealogy then please let me know so I can help you out and that will give me something to post about. Now let’s begin!

Geniosity of Genealogy

Aren’t you always wishing you were the descendant of a president or a king or any very important person (besides the fact that God, the most important person ever is literally your dad)? Well, technology is now helping us with genealogy so much, to where we can pretty much look up any person that has ever existed before and find out if you are related to them… And today, that’s what I’m going to show you how to do in less than 10 minutes.

Before we can do this, there is something you need to do. You need to make an account on Family Search. It is my favorite genealogy website for many reasons but primarily because it’s free. I like it even better than Ancestry (yes, I have Ancestry now; it’s my Grandma’s account but she lets me use it and help her with research). Granted, I’m still figuring out some of the tools on Ancestry, but from what I can tell I prefer Family Search. It is so easy to make an account on, so please do so and you will be on the road to awesome discoveries. You can make an accountΒ here. Don’t worry. The only reason they have you put your DOB is for genealogy reasons. Seriously, I completely trust Family Search. So, if you have an account then we can move on, and if you don’t then you can move out and leave the post…..

  1. Look up your favorite person in history on a search engine.

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2. Sign in to Family Search then hover your mouse over the “Search” page and then click on “Family Tree.”

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You should now be here.

3. Next, just enter the name, date of birth and place of birth into Family Search (if it is a president it is helpful to put “President” in the name.

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4. Then click “Find.” If none of the people that pop up look like they match, then try to be more specific with your search. For example, enter the spouse or when and where he/she died.

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5. Now, click on the name of the one that looks the most similar to what it says on the search engine and click “Person”. For example, I am picking the second one it shows, because it looks the most similar to what the search engine said.

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You should be here.

6. Lastly, click on “View My Relationship” in the upper left corner of the profile. You now know whether or not you are related to your favorite person in history!!

If this didn’t work, then it is either one of two reason. 1 you have not put in enough of your family on your Family Tree that it doesn’t have a way of showing your relationship, or 2 your relationship with them is so far away that it’s more than 15 generations away from you, or people haven’t put in enough information about that person’s Family Tree. So, there are some flaws about it sometimes. However, it worked for me just now (Abe Lincoln is like my great great great great great uncle or something)! More often than not it will work. Oh, by the way, Abraham Lincoln isn’t my favorite person in history; I was just using him as an example XD.

Did it work for you?? Tell me about it!

I hope liked this post! Make sure to let me know your results if you try this. Thank you so much for reading!

Make sure you smash the follow button so you don’t miss out on any cool posts like this!! I will talk to you later! -Ezra

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Geniosity of Genealogy: Cool Thing I Learned for Research!

Hey everyone! I learned a huge Geniosity of Genealogy that I want to share. Yeah, I know, really long title. This is just a quick little post of something cool I wanted to share! I actually was originally making this to be a Liebster Award post. I was nominated by Kaelyn for it. But I couldn’t find the questions she had put for her nominees so I just decided to make a post of this. Well then I found the questions… (I should have just read the whole thing) I was kinda in a hurry (not that I needed to be, that was just an excuse). So anyway since I deleted the whole post before finding the questions I just decided to make this post and do that later. I know you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. I understand I’m being kinda confusing. Anyway lets get on with the post and I will do the Liebster Award next week. πŸ˜€

So I had a kinda cool idea. So every time make a post about a cool genealogy tip or something I learned about genealogy and want to share it then I call it a “Geniosity of Genealogy” and I will use that cool graphic below.

Geniosity of Genealogy

So I wanted to know if I was related to any pilgrims. So I figured it out and wanted to show you guys the steps of geniosity I took.

How to learn if you are related to pilrgims:

  1. Look up a famous pilgrim on a search engine (if you don’t know of pilgrims by name look that up too).
  2. Search his/her name on Family Search (if you don’t have a Family Search account go here and it’s free and helps you with the awesome stuff I’m talkin’ bout).
  3. Look at the results that popped up for the pilgrim and make sure the vitals (name, date of birth, etc) are the same as the search engine results.
  4. Once you’re sure it’s the same person click on him/her.
  5. Then once you are viewing the person on Family Search click on “View My Relationship.”
  6. That should show how you are related (if at all) to that pilgrim.
  7. Then if you want to see if you are related to any other people that were aboard the Mayflower click on the word “MAYFLOWER” above the “View My Relationship” button. It will then take you to a list of 162 people of whom were aboard the Mayflower and you click on each person to if you are closely related to any of them.

I know that all may have sounded a bit confusing. I recommend doing each one of these step by step instead of just remembering each step and doing it because you won’t understand of it. But if you do it as I explain it then you will understand (hopefully).

This post is turning out to be a little bit longer than I had anticipated but yeah, that’s fine. Also if you still haven’t started researching genealogy but would like to then talk to me and I can help you get started. Also I have made a bunch of posts that can help you to understand and get started researching genealogy. If you want to these post go to the search thingy on myΒ site and search “genealogy” and that should help. πŸ˜‰

Let me know how you liked this post. If you tried the steps of geniosity tell me what happened! Did you learn anything interesting? Let me know in the comments below. I will see you all later! -Ezra

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I Just Want to Ask Some Genealogy Questions

Okay I just spent like 20-30 minutes trying to make a cool graphic design but for some reason when I try to upload it just makes a link pop up and not a actual graphic design. So if you want to look at the graphic design clickΒ here! πŸ˜€ Anyway I just wanted to ask you folks some questions about your genealogy research if you’re doing any and if you’re not talk to me πŸ˜‰ .

So first I want to show you guys who aren’t doing genealogy research some helpful tips for why you want to do it and how to do it. So here are some links to some posts I made before.

  1. Β Here is a link about some genealogy tips.
  2. Here is one called How Can Genealogy Help You?
  3. Here is an awesome post by Kaelyn called Develop Your Own Research
  4. Here is a post I really liked Why do I Love Genealogy?
  5. A post called A Call to Action
  6. Here’s a post about genealogy research offline.
  7. This is a post about websites to help you with your genealogy research.

Anyway those are some great posts to help you get started with your research. Also if you have any questions about this than talk to me because I really love helping people with their genealogy.

Oh my goodness I am so obsessed with genealogy right now because I am finding out so much awesome stuff! My brother gives me a hard time for being so obsessed with genealogy XD. Anyhow if anyone has started research here are some questions for you:

  1. Do you like genealogy research? (Why or why not?)
  2. What are some cool things you have figured out about your family?
  3. Is there anything that you don’t really understand or are you confused about genealogy in any way?
  4. What is your favorite way to do genealogy research? (Websites, books, interviews, etc)

So if you have not started genealogy research please please look at the posts I have listed above and try to look into genealogy. Also if you have started some research, in the comments below please answer the questions I have provided.

The reason I like helping others with their genealogy research is because I want to see tons of people working together on this and we could change the world, I know this sounds cheesy, but what I am trying to say is everyone could know how they are related to each other. And honestly I have no idea why I think that is so important (maybe it’s because I had 2 cups of coffee this morning XD) but I think God has just put this on my heart for some reason that I do not know… So yeah just bear with me because this important to me for a reason that I can’t even explain (that also sounded cheesy). Anywho I have been going on a rabbit trail but it’s just because I’m so excited (also probably because of my love of caffeine), when I get excited I just start talking about stuff that is totally off topic like right now XD (boy I’m a mess).

Now to be normal again (Not sure I know how to do that)… πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ˜ƒπŸ€£πŸ‘Œ Anyway yeah I just wanted to ask you guys how your research is going so please make sure to answer the questions! πŸ˜€ I’ll see you all later! -Ezra

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Tips For Your Genealogy Research

Tips For Your Research

Hi everyone! I am here to tell you about some tips for genealogy research. So lets get started!

Not so good websitesΒ 

First I want to talk about the websites that I have learned about from my BAD experiences. So there are a couple websites that I don’t really like simply because they say “It’s completely free” when it’s really not. So what they do is they make it free to sign up, so then you start making your family tree and then once you go so far back that you don’t know anything and you want to look at a record, then it says oh well you have to pay 14$ a month to view this record. This means that all you can do is put down stuff you already know but you can’t learn anything you didn’t know. And the websites that I know of that do this are: Find My Past and My Heritage. So just make sure you don’t use those unless you are actually willing to pay money to learn more about your family, and if that is the case I recommend Ancestry.

Great websites!

Good websites that I know don’t do this are Family Search and Ancestry those are just a couple of ones I can think of right now. Also Family Search is completely free, I’ve been using it for 2 or 3 years now and it is always helpful. And Ancestry does cost money but it actually says that when you sign up and it’s just like the most reliable as in it is so helpful for your research. But even I don’t use it because I don’t have that kinda money right now.

What if you think: Why would I want to share personal info to a website online?

Well some people and maybe you too are like I don’t want to have to share my personal information to learn about my family. Well you don’t. I don’t know if it is like this for other websites but I do know that Family Search does not let anyone except you view any info about a living person. So you sign up just like you would sign up for any website you just put in your name your date of birth and your e-mail (so that it can send you an e-mail verifying the account). Then you put down like the names and date of births of your parents and grandparents and if they are living (like when you make a person you select living or deceased) then you are the only one who can view it. Only deceased people can be viewed by people other than you not living people. It is not possible to view a living person that someone else created on Family Search, trust me I’ve tried (I was wondering why I couldn’t find any living relatives that someone else made and it’s because it didn’t show them). Even the website doesn’t know anything about you besides what you would put on any website. I have been using Family Search like I said for 2-3 years and it has never done anything wrong, I very much trust it. So like I said I don’t know if this is the case with other websites I’m assuming it is for most of them but I’m not sure. But I just know that Family Search is trustworthy. πŸ‘

Anyway that’s most of my tips for you guys I hope that was helpful. πŸ˜€ C-ya for WBV!Β  Bye!!! -Ezra

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