Thursday, January 19, 2017

Welcome to Seedlings from Dawning Genealogy

Bare Oak Tree - Source: Wikipedia Commons

I was recently in one of the many genealogy related Facebook groups where a question was asked, "who do you include in your research?". I replied with "I include everyone"! I then went on to explain that my main tree is currently near 98,000 people strong but that I was going to begin dismantling this tree into much smaller and more manageable trees. Then a member of this group suggested that I start a new blog about explaining my process step by step. For the record here at the stats for my primary tree: 97,170 people, 15,204 photos, 4,350 stories and 104,142 records. Starting another blog was not on my agenda for 2017. However, I think it could be beneficial especially to someone who is new to genealogy.  So I am here to tell you that this is how my new blog, Seedlings from Dawning Genealogy came to be reality.

My goal is to make my tree smaller and more manageable however, I would like to share with my readers how I am doing this and the steps in my process. One of main objectives is to build these new trees in my genealogy software program first then upload that tree into Ancestry. I have decided to use free basics version of Ancestral Quest 15 for this project. For now I plan to post once or maybe twice a month on the process and the progress I have made


Wikipedia ( : 2017), "File: Bare Oak Tree".

© 2017, copyright Dawn M. Kogutkiewicz, writer and genealogical researcher of Seedlings from Dawning Genealogy. All rights reserved. 


  1. Dawn,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Sounds like a great idea. I'll be interested in reading about ho you will do this.

  3. I use Ancestral Quest 15 and love it. I've used Incline's AQ for about 14 years. If you have any questions, feel free to message me.
    I also did a lot of collateral research before I began blogging. I keep all my data in one (1) AQ15 database. I have 107,351 individuals and 39,454 marriages. I cannot imagine splitting mine up. I wish you all the best for your project.
    ~ Cathy

  4. Thank you so much, Cathy! I always value your advice.