Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People

Robyn Smith
Sep 23, 2021
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
1m 34s
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Introduction
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Barnes Family
6m 38s
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Simpson Family
8m 36s
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Enslaved Ancestors Research
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Fendricks Family
12m 41s
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Smith/Harris Family
25m 29s
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Announcements/prizes
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Questions/answers
10m 27s

About this webinar

Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. They lived, worked, socialized, and married in the midst of a larger group of people. Those people included not just family members but friends, neighbors, employers and fellow employees, fellow churchgoers, and business associates. Genealogists often refers to this group with the clever shorthand of the “FAN” club—their friends, associates, and neighbors. Researching this larger group of people often leads to greater success in reconstructing families. Ms. Smith provides guidelines and several case studies of applying the technique.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Robyn Smith has been researching her family and others for over 25 years. An engineer by day, Robyn applies those research and problem-solving skills to the field of genealogy. She specializes in Maryland, Court Records, African American and Slave
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  1. PC
    Penny Clarkson
    3 days ago

    Robyn always exceeds my expectations. I learn so much from her every single time. I am so thankful for her and her methods for sharing. I love the reminder not to get bogged down but to learn from the strategies in the case studies. Robyn, thank you for sharing with us!!!

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    Lynnea Buchanan-Barnett
    4 days ago

    My husband calls me the perpetual student as I am always taking a class or listening to a lecture. This was an excellent presentation and the best examples I have seen explaining the process of Cluster Research. I too enjoy using Word instead of Excel, but I had not thought about using it for making tables. I am certainly going to check out Robyn’s website for other suggestions to streamline my research process. Thank you Robyn and I look forward to viewing more of your presentations.

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    Kathryn Elliott-Hudson
    4 days ago

    Robyn has a wealth of information and practical suggestions as well as having a motivating presence. Her enthusiasm is infectious!! she has validated my recent efforts to look” beyond the family” for clues to locate elusive family members.

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    Jerry Domier
    4 days ago

    Many good ideas on clustering. Will have to use them.

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  5. KM
    Karen McAndrew
    4 days ago

    Robyn has produced and presented one of the best webinars Legacy has featured. Her graphics and charts along with her clear explanations kept me glued to my computer screen. All of the case studies are well laid out and Robyn relates her findings, analysis and thought processes in a clear and concise manner guaranteed to inform and entertain.

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    Mildred Freeney-Hilton
    4 days ago

    Excellent presentation. I now have some strategies for finding an ancestor who is missing from the family in 1870 but present in 1880, 1900, 1910. He died in 1919.

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    Doris Miller
    4 days ago

    Excellent energy and knowledge of her subject matter and a reminder to all – no matter the groups we research that FAN works!! Her easy presence and wonderful laugh remind us that any tangent we take in our research is worth the hunt!!

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  8. GF
    George Fleming
    4 days ago

    I’m new to your webinars but this was my favorite so far. The topic was important to all researchers and the presentation was perfect. The voice and the flow made listening and understanding very easy. This presentation made me join your site.

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